Jill’s simple 3 step system (start, sort, and store) can help you get organized. Today Jill shares her thoughts on step three, store.
The last couple of weeks I have covered the first two steps of the organizing process: start and sort. We now are ready for the third step: store.
This step focuses on finding homes for the items you decided to keep during the sorting step. You also will determine whether you actually need to purchase storage containers. Don’t run to the store just yet.
Deciding where to store items can be a challenge. If you feel stuck when trying to decide on a home for things, ask yourself these two questions:
- Where would I use the item?
- Where would I look for the item?
Your answers will help you decide on the best home.
For example, it makes the most sense to place your pot holders next to your oven, drinking glasses near the sink, coffee near the coffee maker and your keys on a hook near your door.
Choose accessible storage locations for items you use regularly. Store rarely used items on high shelves or on inconveniently low shelves that require crouching and bending.
Don’t choose a home just because it’s an available and empty space. Be mindful and logical about your choices so you will be able to find items when you need them.
Containers aren’t always necessary. Seriously, my storage areas are not filled with neat rows of containers. The main purpose of a container is to keep similar items grouped together and easy to access. For example, if batteries weren’t contained, they would scatter themselves in a drawer and you wouldn’t have any idea how many batteries you own.
When you assign homes to your belongings and then return things to their homes after each use, you won’t waste time looking for things. In addition, your home will remain organized.
Imagine how good you will feel!