It’s no coincidence you’re inundated with commercials touting sales on storage containers and organizing systems this month. January is Get Organized month. It’s the time of year most people think about getting a fresh start and establishing new routines. Start organizing your home using these five tips.
- Determine Your Learning Style.
An effective organizing system in your home or office isn’t just a matter of copying what your mom did. That might work, but only if your learning style is the same. Understanding your personality type and learning style leads to an organization system that actually works.
For kinesthetic learners to get an organizing system down they have to do it themselves. Other people need lists and written step by step instructions because they learn by reading. Some people have to write it down and others just need to hear instructions if their learning style is listening. Being able to identify the learning types of the people in your house can also minimize frustration.
- Start small.
Just like diets, exercise routines and financial planning you need to take small steps that start you moving in the direction of bigger goals. If the goal is to get the entire first floor of the house organized, pick a small space to start, like the hall closet. If that magnitude of that project seems too big, make it smaller by working on just the items hanging in the closer, or just one shelf in the closet. If you’re sorting through a stack of paper files, commit to sorting through one inch, or even a half inch at a time. It doesn’t seem like much but small steps get you closer to your goal than you were the day before. If you want to make sure you stay on track with your organizing goals, set a timer for 15 minutes every day and stick with it for three weeks. In less than a month you’ll have formed a new habit and you will be several steps closer to reaching your organizing goal.
- Set up a system.
Make the most of the time you spend organizing by setting up a system that can be used in every room of the house. Before you start cleaning and purging set up a garbage bag and then a separate bag for donations. (Blue IKEA bags work great for this purpose.) Give yourself room to make piles for where items should end up and allow time to get them to right spot – after you’re done going through the entire space. You’ll minimize the amount of “spider-webbing” you do walking around the house and maximize the time spent working toward your goal.
- Use clear containers.
Out of all the organizing options on the market, clear containers provide the best bang for your buck. Here’s why – it takes less time for our brain to think about what’s in the container if we can see into it. If you opt for dark containers you’re losing seconds, or minutes, opening the lid to look in. If your containers are going on exposed shelves, where they will be seen, consider dressing them up a bit with nice labels.
- A Lazy Susan isn’t lazy at all.
If you thought a Lazy Susan turntable, was just for the kitchen, think again. They’re great for any weird cupboard space that limits your access to items at the back and consider using them in linen closets for toiletries, under sinks for cleaning supplies and in the office to keep frequently used items close at hand.
These are just a few ways to get you started in 2018. If you’d like more suggestions download 10 Tips for Organizing Your Home.
About Linda Deppa: Linda is passionate about organizing and helping her clients become more efficient and relaxed in their spaces. Whether in a business setting or in a home, Linda is extremely dedicated to her clients by offering an assertive approach to any challenge while demonstrating genuine care and concern throughout the process. Linda’s energetic personality is equaled with her efficiency and skill. Linda is not only certified in her craft, but she also holds leadership positions with the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Profession Organizers and has been featured on both television and radio.