Hmmm....I just realized the blog title rhymes:)
Yessssss….you did it! Made it to Step 5 – Equalize! This step is the ticket to maintaining all the hard work completed in Steps 1 thru 4. Equalizing is as simple as doing a spot check of the newly organized area every now and then, putting away things that don’t belong, recontainerizing if needed, and straightening it up. Voila! DONE!
Congratulations! You are on your way to sustainable organization. Now take those 5 simple steps and tackle another area, and another after that. Still having a little trouble deciding what to keep and what to let go? Comment below and I'll send you a Clutter Flow Chart that will walk you right thru the decision making process.
Next week we begin a 4 part blog on To-Do (or Not-To-Do) listsJ
Oh, and please share what your favorite step is, and your least favorite! Gives us all different ways of looking at things.
We are humming right along with our organizing project, right? Started small, following the steps, and making steady, sustainable progress. Way to go!
This week we talk about Containerizing. Usually everyone's favorite! The previous 3 steps -Sort, Purge, Assign - help us determine exactly WHAT we are putting in the container. We are keeping what we need, use and love only. What goes into the container helps us choose the right size and intention.
Look at what you've decided to keep, and where you are going to keep it. What kind of container does it need? Do you have something around the house you can repurpose? Feel free to check out the We Love Messes Pinterest board on Repurposing. For example, when organizing lids to Rubbermaid/Tupperware/etc in the kitchen use one of the larger containers to corral the lids. You can even go to the length of organizing them by size and shape (this never lasts long at my house, but it's kind of fun to do it).
When purchasing Containers be purposeful. Measure both the contents (sometimes just by approximation) and the space the container needs to fit in. Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing something that doesn't fit and has to be returned. An added benefits of Containerizing is it becomes a clear guideline for how much we keep of an item. Instead of adding more and overfilling our containers, take the time to choose the best, or the favorites, and let the rest go.
Lastly, LABEL LABEL LABEL your containers!
What's your favorite item to repurpose? What's the most unique use for a repurposed item you've seen or done? Please share below!
You guys are doing great! Already on week 3 of the 5 Steps to sustainable, organized spaces. It's not been so bad, has it? You started small, right? We're building on each success.
This week we Assign homes for things. After we've Sorted so we know what we have, Purged what we no longer use, need or love, we are left with what is truly useful and important. To organize those items we need to Assign homes for them that make sense for how they are used.
This one requires a little thinking. What do you use frequently, and what can be stored where it takes a little more work to get to? Ladies - most of us carry a purse (some of us carry small suitcases that we call purses), and most of us have a cell phone. If you are a frequent cell phone user, having an exterior pocket on your purse that is easy to get to for your phone is a great idea. Not a big phone user? Store the phone in an interior pocket.
In a kitchen relegate little used appliances to high places, or even another room. I used to keep my mammoth lefse griddle, used only a couple times a year, in a main cupboard where it had to be moved every time we wanted other pans. Now I store it in the basement and only bring it up when I need it.
Frequently used things right at our fingertips in our valuable storage "real estate", less used things stored where they aren't in the way. Easy, right? What's your most challenging item to store? Comment below and we'll figure it out together!
Next week, everyone's favorite, Containerize!!!
I know, I know....this step scares us all. If I had a dime for each time I'm asked if I'm MAKING the client get rid of everything we could all go somewhere nice and warm for a week, my treat. Luckily, my job as a Certified Professional Organizer is asking questions to help clients think about their things in a new way, letting them come to their own conclusions based on values and beliefs as to what should stay and what should go.
Purge....just a fancy word for deciding what lives in your space. What do you surround yourself with? Do you choose things you use, need and love? Do you have room for everything, or is it time to honor what is important to you today. Not yesterday, last week, last year, not tomorrow, but TODAY.
Some decisions are harder than others. In the pantry example from last post, decisions are relatively simple. Expired food items can go (if you aren't sure about shelf life, etc. check out Still Tasty). Extra pots, pans, dishes - how long have they been stored in the pantry without being used? Can they be better used, or stored, somewhere else? Duplicates, broken items, and trash - time to let them go!
Be brutal with your thought process....if a person thinks about it long enough the answer will be "YES" for needing, using and loving every item. Look at it as an opportunity to free yourself of clutter, free up some space that can be redesigned to save you time in the long run. It's worth it!
And loving something, well, that's a whole can of worms itself! My view is that love is a verb - if you LOVE your letter jacket from high school 40 years ago, but it's stored in a cardboard box in the garage, not having been seen or touched for decades.....well.....what does holding on to it mean? Is it the memory? Letting go of a physical item doesn't change our memory. Is it because it might get worn again? Or the kids/grandkids/great great grandkids want it? In my professional experience....probably not.
Purge away, dear readers! Please share what is hardest for you to make decisions about - we're all in this together. Chances are if you are struggling there are others too.
Next week we Assign!
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