Is your first step when starting an organizing project is buying new containers, bins, or hangers? Do you think organizing is moving things from one box to another, bigger container? If so, then, you’re making the biggest and most common mistake in organizing.
You may not be disorganized; you may just have too much stuff!
To organize your space the right way, your first step should be to PURGE or Declutter items you no longer use. Don't spend time Organizing clutter!
How to Purge (or declutter)
DECIDE one area of your home to focus for this session. If the area feels overwhelming, start small. Pick 1 drawer, 1 shelf, or even 1 pile.
PREPARE. Once you’ve decided on your space, you need to spend a few minutes preparing for the PURGE.
START. This is likely the hardest step.
Don’t over think or talk yourself out of starting.
TAKE A BREAK. After 20 minutes, set timer for 5 minutes and take a break, but stay in the space.
Look at what you accomplished!
Do you feel an emotional weight has lifted?
Glance at amount of items in each pile. If there are no items in trash or donate, revisit the KEEP pile.
WRAP UP. Take next 5 minutes to do the following:
If Trash or Recycling containers are full, take outside.
Move donation items to your car.
REPEAT. Keep repeating steps above in 30 minute intervals until you stop for the day or finish going thru the space.