For those of you who find this time of year a bit sad or at least the surroundings a bit dull without all the holiday lights and sparkle, take a deep breath, and plan to get organized. I’m not talking resolutions here; let’s create a vision for our homes this year, one week at a time.
There are 52 weeks in a year, so let’s decide which area to tackle this week. Start slow and low on your priority list. Gather any supplies you may need including boxes, bins, tape, markers or label maker. Refrain from ‘going big’ — think about that one junk drawer in the kitchen, the over-stuffed toy box or that under-the-sink cabinet in the hall bath. If these areas were de-cluttered and organized, imagine how much easier your life would be.
Completely empty the space. Things will be found that were ‘lost.’ Put them back where they belong.
If it’s important enough to keep, it doesn’t belong in a heap.
If it landed in the kitchen drawer, for instance, and should have been in the toolbox in the garage, take that ‘widget’ back to the toolbox in the garage. By first laying the waffle- or spongy-type liner in the drawer to keep the contents in order, this will also prevent everything from rolling to the back. Put only those items you deem useful, needed and wanted back in the drawer. All other items are to be returned to their rightful place or discarded.
This exercise will prove to be “very liberating” as I like to say, allowing you to feel empowered when completed. The joy of an uncluttered and organized space will encourage your next step: choosing next week’s project.
Remember to 1) choose an area that can be completed rather quickly;
2) empty the space completely;
3) put back only the items that are useful and belong there.
Decisions, decisions. Hall closet, lower kitchen cabinets or laundry room? Hmm…