We used Clutter Interrupted’s signature organizing method when we turned Chelle’s closet into a “Mud Closet.” You can use END CLTR to get organized in your home, too. It works! Chelle was inspired to start here when she found this Mud Closet Project by Julie @ Lilacs and Longhorns.
Listen to our show Next Stop, The Clutter Zone where we walk through the END CLTR steps to getting organized AND then watch Chelle’s Mud Closet Makeover Video Part 1 to see just how we used these steps when organizing Chelle’s closet. (FYI…You do not want to miss it!!)
Empty the area you are organizing. For us it was the closet. For you it could be a drawer, a shelf, your garage, etc. Pull everything out, emptying the area, and clean it.
Name the things you take out and place them in piles – like things with like things. You can write your pile name on a sheet of paper, sticky note or just remember it. Our piles included batteries, coats, vacuum with accessories, curtains, flashlights, etc. There is no right or wrong pile name. No judgement!
Decide what you want to keep, donate and relocate. This step is often the hardest. You may want to ask for help. If your friend is helping you decide what clothes to keep or get rid of it might challenge you to make better decisions. If a professional organizer helps you they may guide you with questions like: When is the last time you used the item? What is the worst thing that would happen if you got rid of it? What is your vision for this space (and your home) …does this item fit into your vision?
Decide where the items you are keeping will “live.” If it is not in the area that you emptied then place the item in the elsewhere pile and put them away later.
We decided that these slippers that were hiding in Chelle’s closet were too small for her son and we could donate them!
Once you know what you will keep in the area you emptied you can contain as much as possible. Do not buy containers before you know what you need. We found these super cute containers at Hobby Lobby once we new we needed to contain flashlights, gloves and batteries. Remember, enlist help. 🙂
Label the container or shelf when necessary. Remember in our show Ninja of Deceit Comes Clean, Chris Duffy, mother of five boys, was amazed at how excited her boys were to see labels on the pantry bins. They could now put things away and know exactly where things went.
More photos to come with Part II of the Mud Closet.
You may think you have designed the best organized space and a system to keep it that way but until you test it to see if it actually works you won’t know! Define an amount of time you will test your organized space. Try to place the end date of your test period on something that happens already. For example, Chelle’s end date for testing her new “mud closet” is when the seasons change – April 1, 2014. She will see whether the closet works in the summer and winter (when coats and other winter accessories are being used)!
T could also stand for treat. So be sure to celebrate your accomplishment.
When your test period is complete revisit the space. Is it still organized? Do you need to change something to help it work better? Has it accumulated things that do not belong there? Maintaining the space you worked so hard to organize is worth the time! Tweak something in your process that isn’t working, remove things that do not belong or, if needed, run through the END CLTR steps again.
We used my assistant, Siri, and set up a reminder on my iPhone to revisit the mud closet on April 1, 2014! If you don’t use this reminder feature you should start!! Here is a post from Janine Adams, Peace of Mind Organizing, that explains how she uses Siri to do many tasks like reminding her to check on the load of laundry!
That’s all…Empty your space, Name the categories, Decide what you are keeping and what will live in your space, Contain as much as you can, Label if necessary, Test out your system (and give yourself a treat), Revisit the space!
Start with a drawer or your purse and let us know how END CLTR works for you!