Organizing Tip for Today!

We are going to stay in the garage for a minute, because we want to make space for that “little” car.   🙂   I would really suggest that we tackle our garage a little bit at a time. As you see in the picture below, I took a shelf and tried to make some space to start my sort.

But there is an old adage that says that the more flat space you have, the more stuff you will find to put on it.  Well I apparently left the flat space vacant TOO long. 🙂   Although the picture is taken from a different angle, it was taken only two days after the first pic…..  whazzup with that!

I probably should have told you that the person that owns half of this garage, REALLY doesn’t like neat. So, you may have to find a common ground between “neat and nightmare.” As we start to sort through the “stuff” and organize as we go, we will find more space…. “that person” may start to discover what’s is in the garage and better yet, might even consider throwing some of it away. (i.e. the oil filter for the 1999 Honda, which was TWO vehicles ago!

Organizing Tip for Today!

You will find that my thoughts and organizing ideas that we will share, apply to every job or activity.  There are always People, Paper (hard-copy & especially electronic), and Things that interfere with what we have to get done.  There is definitely a connection between STRESS and the Mess (physical & spiritual)!!!

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Time to just walk away!

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For more organizing tips, please check out…

Order Your Steps

“Diving Right In” – Phase III (Maintain)

The maintenance process is very simple, in theory.  There is a place for everything, and return everything to its place.  This must become an unconscious habit (is that possible?).  Now this may be a difficult task, especially for children, but try to keep it fun.  Create a reward system for the children and the adults (my creative juices are flowing).   When the toys are put back in the toy box or the tools are not left in the laundry room, or the high heel shoes are not under the couch in the family room…. you are well on your way to Order out of Chaos.

Again, this is an on-going process, but everyone must participate.  Set aside some “organize time” at the end of the day (10-15 min.).  Everyone puts away 5-items. When you are done…..

Rewards!!

Go see Tammy, the Ice Cream Lady

 Popcorn & a movie

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Gold Stars …

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Be Creative!

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Thanks Nate & Deb for sharing!! 

Congratulations on the new house! 

It sounds like you already have a plan to make it a home….

“Dive Right In” – Step 2

For the past two (2) weeks,  I had committed my blog to the contest and as my friend over at “Laughing at Everyday Life” said, once you are committed, you have to see it through.  Needless to say, it didn’t exactly turnout the way I had liked, but I got a great name nonetheless. Again, I want to say “Congratulations, Cheryl” at Create a Beautiful Life, for the name “Dive Right In” for Phase 1 of Organizing.  I never really know what the Lord has planned, especially if it don’t happen the way I think it should.

Let’s get back to Organizing… Now that we have completed Step 1 and we have gathered the input from the other members of the household about how to best utilize the space that we have identified, then we are ready to move on to Step 2…

It is imperative that we touch every item in the space. NO Really! Don’t Assume.  I can hear you now, “I know everything in this space and I need to keep everything in it”.  NOT!  You should determine if you really need /want to keep an item, throw it away or if it belongs in another space.

Once we have decided what is going to stay in the space and or potentially what items that may be added to the space, we want to develop an organizing system that will maximize all usable space.  Everything must have its proper place.  We need to be able to find the item(s) and be able to direct someone else to the item, if necessary.  Again, it would be great if all members would participate in the process but that is not always feasible.  But if you decide to do it yourself, you don’t want “Candy, Where is my _______?”, which you will probably get anyway!  Keep in mind that after the project is finished, we will still need their support to maintain it.

Now I am sure that you may have already decided, this is just TOO much work!!!  But remember, once you have made up your mind to “Get Organized”, you have to “Dive Right In”.  As I said in an earlier post, I am over-emphasizing the steps of the process, so that we do an effective job organizing our space and  yet it doesn’t overwhelm us along the way.  Clutter did not just happen overnight, so it will take time to get things back in order.  We must think through the entire project, so that we avoid becoming extremely frustrated, especially if our space begins to look like it did before we started.

Now that we have completed “Dive Right In”, we can decide if you really need to buy something and what it might be….

Music to Organize By!

Un-clutter your Mind, Spirit and Space…

“Blog Chill Day 3!”

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Happy Friday!

I am a little behind on my posts,

but I will try to make it up to you next week…

Are you thinking of a name for Phase 1 of Organizing?

“Taking the Plunge!”

“One Step at a Time!”

“Jump & Shout!”

“Toss & Turn!”

Be Creative & Let’s have Fun with it!

What do you think?

Organizing “System”

I guess now you are wondering how do you develop an “Organized System”.  It is fairly simple, you have to arrange your “stuff”, so that you:

  • Know what you have 
  • You know where to find it, and
  • You can get to it fairly quickly. 

Normally, you organize “like” items; i.e., clothes, spices, paper,etc.   You have to decide what is the most efficient way to organize:

  • Height of the container
  • Size
  • Symmetrical (Be Creative)
  • Alphabetical order
  • Color
  • Etc., etc. etc.

Then, of course, you have to remember your “system”, SO KEEP IT SIMPLE!   For example, you may have all the “C” spices together.  It would be a bit ridiculous to have Chayenne pepper, Chili powder, then Cumin.  A little TOO much detail and Believe It or Not, you and your family would not be able to maintain it.  You want the people in your household to buy-in to your system, help develop the system and then they will be more likely to maintain it. 

 

 

Another example, would be organizing your clothes.  At first, it is imperative that you sort and purge (I know that I am beginning to sound like a broken record).  But, in order to get organized;

 

  1. You have to go through all your items
  2. Determine what you are going to keep
  3. What you are going to give away
  4. Then arrange what’s left in the most efficient manner that you can. 

You may organize by color, work versus casual, or simply tops and bottoms, suits, dresses, etc. 

Lastly, I will say that you also want to organize / arrange your stuff according to how often you use it.  The things that you use often should be on the lower shelves (or closer to the front) and those things that you very seldom use, can be on a higher shelf (or in the back).

Well enough rambling for now!

However, this would be a good time for you to ask me questions and let me know how I can help you with your particular organizing project.  Organizing can really be fun! 

More tips on Monday!  Don’t forget Daylight Saving Time!