On this weeks show, 31 Days to an Organized Office, we discuss our January goal of organizing Chelle’s office in 31 days. We posted once every day in January explaining what we did and giving out a daily assignment. The final reveal is almost here!! Find all the posts here.
To organize any area, big or small, use our proven method: END CLTR. It’s a 7 step method to end the clutter in your life. Easy to use. Easy to remember!
Empty the area. A purse or a drawer is easy to empty using the dump method. Dump it out and sort it into piles.
A whole room is a little different. Try and remove as much as possible placing into piles like with like. You still may have to keep a few piles in the room.
As you empty the area, put like items together. Name the pile. Write the name of the pile on a sticky note so you don’t forget. We did this here when we organized Chelle’s makeup drawer. All the yellow sticky notes are names of the different piles.
Once everything has been touched and placed into a pile, like with like, it is time to go back through each pile and decide what you are going to keep in your space, what you are going to place elsewhere in the house and what you are going to get rid of.
Most likely you will be sorting the pile again into sub-piles like we did here with Chelle’s books and the office supplies. Books are sorted by category: Volleyball, Bible studies, Bibles, journals, health, etc. Writing utensils are sorted by pens, colored pencils, Sharpies, etc.
Once you know what you are keeping in the space decide where it will go. Give it a home. Everything needs one home. This will help you stay organized in the future!
Listen to our interviews with Joshua Becker here and here. He is a leading voice in owning less and living more. It will change the way you think and motivate you to GET RID OF stuff. Please take this to heart. Decide to have less stuff and enjoy life more!
Once the things are given a home, use containers and dividers to keep them contained. This is the part that people like to do first. Go to the store and pick out cute containers before they even know what they need.
Shop your house first. Use temporary containers (a basket you already have but isn’t exactly what you want or a shoe box instead of a clear bin) to be sure your plan will work. Make out a shopping list with measurements.
Here is a picture of some temporary containers we used in Chelle’s office.
Use labels whenever possible. This will help you remember what goes where. This is very helpful for other members of the family!
Labels can be as simple as masking tape and a Sharpie. Chelle has a label maker that has clear tape and black ink. It looks clean. You can see it on the wood shelves in the picture. Use what you have (a sticky note or duct tape). You can relabel it later.
Try out your plan. Set a time period you will commit to your plan. Feel free to make changes as you see needed so that it works for you BUT don’t feel free to give up working the plan. It is about follow through and scheduling time to do the work. YOU CAN DO IT!!
Everything needs maintenance…relationships, gardens, our weight. Staying organized will require you to revisit the space. Revisiting is easier when your things have homes.
If your entire home needs help just take a deep breath. You can only focus on ONE area at a time. Read this post for more on this topic.