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Organizing 101: Steps to Organizing ANY Area

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I am an over achiever when it comes to organization. Things have their places and should be put there. I love containers, buckets, and bins.

You can read about some awesome ways to use them in this post: 37 Awesome Ways to use Containers.

I have even been known to slightly annoy family members by reorganizing when they have finally gotten used to the way I had things before. Haha, ANYWAY…

Sometimes getting organized can be hard! I know the feeling of looking at a garage full of utter chaos, and feeling the knot from my stomach rise into my throat as I think to myself… WHY??!! I do, however, always manage to get things back to organized following a few steps I’ve outlined below.

Steps to organizing ANY area:

  • Clear the area you are working with:
    • As you clear your area make 4 piles: Trash, donate, keep, and undecided.
  • After you have cleared the area look at what you have decided to keep.
    • Sort like items into piles.
    • Decide what type of storage you will be using:
      • Do you need bins or containers? (If you need to purchase containers I always suggest seeing what you NEED first!)
      • Can you organize like items into drawers that you already have available?
      • Can some things can be hung up to make more space in drawers for other items?
      • Can you utilize the same space for a few different items?
      • For smaller spaces rolling clothing, towels, and bedding items can save space, allowing room for more.
      • Shelving is always a good option for storage purposes. (Especially if you use containers and labels! ; )
  • Decide where everything will go.
    • This can be trial and error. You may put one thing somewhere and decide that something else would work better (I do this ALL the time!).
  • Start putting things away in the areas you’ve chosen.
  • Labels: You don’t have to but… labels are awesome for keeping things in their proper places. Say you have kids who are apt to taking things from one spot and putting it back in a totally obscure spot!!! Labeling helps to keep this under control. Labels also work especially well on containers and bins which you can not see inside of. So instead of having to pull things out and look inside, everything is at a glance. YAY!
  • Decide what you are going to do with that undecided pile! A way to help with this:
    • Is it missing parts, broken, or ripped? If you answered no, move onto question 3.  If you answered yes, move on to the next question.
    • Can you and will you fix it? If you answered no, get rid of it! If you answered yes, move on to the next question.
    • Is it useful to you or someone in your household?  If you answered no, get rid of it! If you answered yes, move on to the next question.
    • Has it been recently or will it be used?  If you answered no, get rid of it! If you answered yes, move on to the next question.
    • Are you sure? If you answered no, get rid of it! If you answered yes, keep it.
  • Trash to the dumpster.
  • Decide what you will do with the donations:
    • Thrift stores.
    • Ask family and friends if they would like anything you are getting rid of.
    • You may be able to sell some stuff: have a yard sales and list items on local social media pages (if it doesn’t sell quickly though, just get rid of it).
    • Homeless shelters.
    • Clubs like American Legion, Eagles, Elks Lodge, and Shrine will sometimes have donation boxes (for specific items, like seasonal clothing). You can call your local clubs to find out.


Remember, this list isn’t for everyone, some people may need professional help to get the clutter under control.

I hope you found this post useful. I’ve made a printable checklist to help, you can download it by clicking the link below!

Steps to Organize Any Area Printable– Download Link

 

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I'm a 30 year old stay at home mom of 4. I have been homeschooling for about 2 years now, and am a 2nd generation homeschooler. My oldest 2 children attended public school before we started homeschooling. I am a compulsive organizer and cleaner. I HATE clutter and crumbs! I also love to craft and come up with fun ideas to do as a family! Before staying at home I ran a daycare, then was the bar manager of a members only club. So not only do I have a background with children, besides my own, but I have a background with childhood education and a background in business and financial management.

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