If you’re like most of us, you’re faced with many questions: Where do you start? What tools do you need? Does it really need to be perfect or is functional good enough? How do you set up organization systems you won’t abandon a week later?
All these questions and so much clutter. Now’s not the time to abandon hope. Now’s the time to roll up your sleeves and get organized.
So say the experts at the “Adventures in Organization” blog (http://blog.rubbermaid.com), which shares tips from real people who’ve organized everything from their closets to their photos to the garage.
Here are some of their wiser tips that can keep you from calling it quits:
Focus. Before starting, identify the reason you are getting organized. Is it to free up time for what matters most, like your family or hobbies? Is it to be able to keep mail organized so you can pay bills on time? This motivation will help you power through the tasks at hand.
Define. Identify the mess that’s causing the biggest problems in your daily life. That’s a great place to begin.
Get realistic. Things don’t need to be as perfect as the photos in all those Martha Stewart magazines and books. Most of us have busy lives, kids and modest budgets. Develop a system that gets clutter out of the way and organizes things easily.
Have the right tools available. To organize virtually anything, you will need: stackable, clear and translucent plastic containers with lids; labels and markers or a label-maker; drawer organizers; and the right shelves or storage areas. Consider installing closet or garage organization systems with adjustable shelves if your current space does not include shelving.
Purge the unnecessary. Follow that old adage: “when in doubt, toss it out.” Or give it to charities that could really use it. Just don’t pile items that you do not need back into your closet or junk drawer.
Don’t tackle everything at once. Organize things by project and tackle one challenge at a time. Remember: store things near where they’re used. Kitchen items shouldn’t live in the basement, just because they fit there neatly.
Above all, don’t despair! The reward of newly found time and an organized household is within reach.