I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN TO GET ORGANIZED

SOLUTION ONE

Take everything out to take stock of what you have

SOLUTION TWO

Choice the best way to organize; color, size, type, etc.

SOLUTION THREE

Get inspired by other organized people

SOLUTION ONE

Take everything out to take stock of what you have

Whether it is a drawer, a closet or a cabinet the first step is to take everything out. You need to make piles of what you will keep and what you no longer need. You may have already done the stand and stare tactic to begin a closet overhaul. Perhaps you’ve tried to keep all the shirts in the drawer and pick out the ones you might give away while they are all still in there.

Mentally you need to remove everything because it sets your brain into an organizational mindset. Physically you need to remove everything because of the mere effort of putting something back can be all it takes to decide you do not need it anymore.

Once everything is out you can decide your “keepers” and your “out of here” pile.

Depending on what you are organizing you can decide if you need to buy any organizational tools to put everything back neatly. Group things together and then decide what baskets, bins, or dividers you could use.

  • Closet you can sort by type of clothing (shorts, socks, t-shirts, button downs)
  • Junk drawer you can sort by category, then get small containers to separate pens, change, scissors, papers, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies you can group by area of house or usage. Some cleaning supplies you pull out daily and some are used once a month and can be stored in a harder to reach area.
  • Kitchen pantry by meal usage (breakfast, lunch or dinner)

 

Need a little motivation. Call or go online to the Salvation Army to schedule a pick up a week away. This way you have a deadline AND your unused items have an exit plan and don’t sit around for another three months.

 

SOLUTION TWO

Choice the best way to organize; color, size, type, etc.

Deciding how to organzine can be half the battle. You could be organizing your closet and realize you only have one pair of shorts. No one wants to dedicate an entire drawer to one pair of shorts. A junk drawer with one set of dice in its own little section? Seems like bad use of space.

Take a look at everything you have a then think about how many categories you have.

Quick Guidleine Suggestions: 
Closet > Color & Type
Drawers > Size of Items
Cabinets > Type of Items

 

Junk drawer could be:

Small

  • keys
  • pens
  • glasses
  • tape

Medium

  • cards
  • stamps
  • batteries

Large

  • cords and chargers
  • scissors
  • tickets and paper items

You can then figure out how many dividers or boxes you need and the sizes.

Linen closet could be:

  • sheets
  • towels
  • cleaning products
  • extra soaps and shampoos
  • toilet paper and paper towels
  • medicines and first aid

If you do not want to buy boxes, simply putting like items next to like items will help you get organized. It is also another opportunity to throw out the travel size hotel shampoo you have been storing since your honeymoon.

SOLUTION THREE

Get inspired by other organized people

Just seeing another organized closet can be the motivator you need to get it together. It sounds too easy but it works.

Look online at other organized areas to get yourself excited about getting started. Pinterest has many pins on organized closets and compartmentalized junk drawers. If you are not on Pinterest you can also use Real Simple for ideas from linen closets to garages.

There are also great books about organizing. Once you invest your time in reading about it you will definitely feel inspired to put it to practice.

Need something more passive? Watch a show on organizing. Marie Kondo’s series on Netflix. If you are not a subscriber to Netflix you can watch YouTube videos about organizing to start getting inspired.

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