January. 31 days. Chelle’s home office organized. Is it possible? Join us on this 31 day organizing journey!! You can do anything for 31 days right?
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Day 4 – Assignment: EMPTY and NAME PILES
We will use our signature organizing method, END CLTR. END CLTR is short for end clutter. Our acronym makes it super simple to remember the process to organize a space. You may already be familiar with our method but here it is just in case you need a review.
- Name Piles
Read more about how we used END CLTR to organize makeup drawers here.
To begin our END CLTR process, empty the space. If you are organizing a purse or a drawer you just dump out the contents. Then place each item into like piles and name them.
If you are working on a whole room you can’t really empty the entire room. You still need to touch every item though. You can move things into the hallway or put them in piles within the room but you need to empty each area, handling each piece.
When you are ready for this first step it can be really overwhelming. We stood at the office door looking in. Chelle waited for me to tell her where to start. As always, I acted like I knew what I was doing. (Yikes!) I looked around and chose to start right inside the door to the left. There is no magic or “right” place to start. Just start.
We started emptying and naming piles right inside the door to the left and worked our way around the perimeter of the room. We set our timer for 20 minutes and we began. Grab an item, ask, “What is this?” and place it in a pile. Grab another item, ask, “What is this?” and place it in a pile. Continue.
I stood at the door overwhelmed by where to start. I liked the idea of moving around the room in a clockwise direction. It seemed like a good way to manage the space in chunks of time.
We started the emptying process at the white bookcase on the far left in the picture above. It was helpful to know we were only working in 20 minute increments, forcing me to make decisions more quickly. That’s good. Sadly, not much time to show Tracy some of the painted pottery my kids made me when they were little. She was not distracted by my attempt to walk her down my memory lane. That’s good.
As we handled the items in this small area, we placed them in piles with like items naming the piles with post it notes or pieces of paper. Donate, books, photos, trash, etc.
That 20 minutes flew by! Join us tomorrow for day five. I’m heading headed down to the kitchen to sit in a comfy chair, ponder on today’s office memorabilia finds and celebrate the moments of my life with General Foods International Coffees.