Getting organized doesn’t have to overwhelm you. The trick is to do some planning and some legwork before you organize and then the organizing will take care of itself.
Have A Plan: Before you do anything – from buying furniture to organizing products – sit down and think about what your project will entail from start to finish.
Less Is More: Having space on surfaces makes the area look less chaotic and helps reduce the tendency to let clutter get out of control.
Sorting Before Purging: It is essential to sort before you purge. It gives you a solid inventory of what you have and helps you make fast decisions on keep vs. go.
Go Online: About 80% of paper in your home can be found online. Bills, bank statements, magazine articles, and reference materials – almost everything can be located on the Web.
Everything Needs A Home: This is where the organizing happens, you have created space, sorted and purged your items. Having a clear inventory you can put items in order of importance.
Leave Empty Space: When organizing an area, go by the 30 /70 rule. Don’t fill up your space more than 70%, the 30% that is left over will give you room to grow.
Labels: There is a reason why ALL professional organizers own label makers – labeling works. Label drawers, shelves and bins to help everyone in the family easily find what they need.
Double Duty: Save space by utilizing items that can pull double duty. For example, use multi-purpose pots, pans, dishes and small appliances.
Consistency: When buying storage containers, buy many of the same kind. This allows you to stack and store them easily.
Know When To Call For Backup: If organizing is not your strong point, hiring a professional organizer is always a good idea. You will get the expertise on how to be the most efficient and support throughout the process.