The most common statement that I hear when talking about organizing is this:
“I don’t know where to start.”
When your space fills up with clutter, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it, and the project has failed before it ever started. This is what keeps many from beginning at all. There are actually a couple of good answers to this woe, and I’ll start with my favorite. Ready?
In the corner. Yep, it’s as easy as that. This is a good solution when you’re planning to tackle a larger space such as a basement, garage, or playroom. You can pick any old corner, but my favorite is the far left and then I’ll work around to the right. Start pulling items out, and if you have a helper such as a family member, give them bins full of items or collections of things to go off and sort thru (especially if it’s your kids and the items are theirs such as old toys) and ask them to bring the keepers back to you. Once you’ve sorted thru everything sorting like with like, and everything is out and in tidy piles, you can begin to gather or purchase storage and organizational supplies and find a home for everything.
Another method is to start with the area that bothers you the most. If your whole house is in need of help, pick one small area that bothers you the most–let’s say pantry, junk drawer, or maybe that random place where you dump all of your laundry. Organize this area first. Not only will you have conquered your #1 enemy, but you’ll be able to quickly feel the satisfaction of having finished a space and it will be motivation for the next project. After all, we ALL know that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time 🙂