One of the most common excuses that people make for not organizing household clutter, is that the job is simply too big. I have seen firsthand, people putting off their organizational duties, then attempting to tackle everything at once, and failing. If your feeling overwhelmed, or don’t know where to start, consider this. Just organize one small, easy to finish area or space. This technique can be applied to any kind of task, but we will focus on it as a solution for being overwhelmed with organization. Here are a couple of ideas of ways to start:
1. Get rid of desk clutter. You can read my post here about how to get rid of all your electronic equipment laying around your desk, while still keeping it conveniently within reach. Most people spend a great deal of time at their desk, so it only makes sense to keep it neat and tidy. You will feel a great sense of relief and calmness once the junk is gone.
2. Purge those “pockets” of junk. If your like most people, you will find small “pockets” items laying around your living area, where they do not belong. If company comes over and you suddenly have to have a clean space, you may find yourself quickly stuffing items into closets or anywhere else out of sight. Take some time to clean these out. Not only will you reclaim lost space, but you may have fun re-discovering things you had long forgot about. For a little help with this, check out this article.
3. Re-evaluate storage space. If you quickly map out your storage space in your head, you may discover that something(s) is located inefficiently, and should be moved. This could be as big as moving a box of old files into the basement, or as small as relocating a charging cord. In fact, the other day I realized that I was charging my phone in my computer workspace, while it would be much more efficient to charge it near my wallet and keys. I moved the charger, and now it is much more efficient, because I have most of my daily items (wallet, phone, keys, etc.) centralized to one spot.
After you finish that one task, you are likely to organize something else in the near future. Organizing a small thing such as where you cell phone is being charged can give your living area a new sense of freshness. It can also inspire you to organize more, by realizing some other organizational tasks that you would really like completed. With a little bit of effort and determination, you can start a chain reaction of organization.
The great thing is, you can do it as often as you want, and whenever you want, but you are still improving your home overall.