Not every organization project needs to take days and dollars to complete. Actually, many cost absolutely nothing and can take just minutes and such a small investment can still yield a huge return.
1. Set aside 15 minutes.
2. Pick one small place in your house. A place you use often – a place where, if it functioned well, you would benefit from that function often. And think small - one drawer or a shelf.
For my 15 minute project I chose our kitchen’s miscellaneous drawer. There was a lot going on in that drawer, and with the four of us in it, multiple times a day, most of what was going on was sorting through its mess.
3. Empty the contents of the area you picked. Get everything out. You want a blank slate.
4. Clean the area.
5. Go through the stuff you took out and get rid of what you don’t use. Really. Get rid of it. It takes up space and prevents you from getting to what you do use. Be ruthless. Keep telling yourself, “If you don’t use. Lose it.”
6. Sort what is left and group these items by function.
7. Now look at the number of groups you have and the space it’s going back into. Look for a logical order. Put like things together. Napkins by the napkin rings. Candles next to candle holders.
8. Return the items back to the clean area in the order you established in Step 7.
You now have a clean space, occupied only by the things you use, placed in an order that makes sense to you.
A place for everything, and everything in its place.
You have achieved organizational success!
Now, each and every time you go to this frequently used small space you will be rewarded with a sense of success, a sense of achievement and you will be able to find what you have without aggravation. Yay!
Just a few days ago my husband opened the drawer I organized and he said “I love this drawer.”
But he was reacting to how good it feels to be organized.
And maybe, just maybe, that feel good feeling will help you set aside another 15 minutes and do another small section of your home. How cool is that!
So pick a place, turn on some music and have fun getting organized. You can do it!
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p.s. The laundry room doors are on! Click here to see the Laundry Room Redo.