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Organize Smarter, Not Harder

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Organizing Tips: Organize Smarter, Not Harder

Organization Tips: Organize Smarter, Not Harder

Organizing like a pro takes experience and training that often comes from real life situations. Watch the video below and see this young boy working hard at the task of picking up weeds. He has a good attitude, great energy, and is willing to get the job done, but efficiency is not his strength. When I saw my nephew in this video, I knew I could use this as an illustration of how some of our do-it- yourself clients organize. I thought about how many of our clients have met with us and expressed their frustration at past failed attempts to get their homes organized. Picture the little boy going back and forth to place each weed in his wagon, much like a person would pick up items around their home one by one, placing them in their new organized space. However, if this little one would have thought smarter, he would have moved his wagon closer to the weeds, saving time and energy. A more streamlined process would have allowed him the energy and enthusiasm to tackle the weeds in the backyard too. Working smarter requires project management, researching best practices, processed thinking, and a plan of action that makes organizing your project less stressful and time consuming. Large projects can be structured to take advantage of the time and energy you have, and small projects should not be given so many steps that you want to give up before you start. Whether you are hiring an organizer or doing the work yourself, here are some steps for working smarter:

  • Start with space planning. What is the area used for and what items must stay in the space?
  • Measure built-ins, shelves, drawers, and walls if you are shopping for furniture. This helps you avoid bringing home pieces that will not fit the space.
  • Gather supplies in the room to be organized. It is not efficient to run to get trash bags, and then later plastic bags, and then again to get cleaning products.
  • Work during the time of day you function your best; early morning or after the kids are asleep.
  • Put the phone, email, and Facebook aside so you can totally focus on your project.
  • Having a friend to help you could be beneficial or harmful to progress. If the chatting slows you down you might be better on your own.
  • If you have to stop working and the project is not finished, label your piles of sorted items with notes so you don’t forget what is what.

As a professional organizer, I always advise my clients to schedule a realistic amount of time on their calendars for organizing projects, just as they would any other activity. It is extremely rare that you will find yourself with free time to tackle something you may find challenging or overwhelming. When you are ready to begin, use these suggestions to plan and organize with ease and efficiency. Maybe if my nephew had been taught these ideas, he would have been able to get those weeds sorted and organized faster and then go play!



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