“Diving Right In” – Phase II (Test the System)

I decided to back-up and re-group and NOT try to name all the phases of organizing.  I will stick with the name that works, “Dive Right In” and not make the process too complicated (no more contests for a while :-()… although I may try to stay with a water theme.

I started small with my project (as we all should) and worked under my bathroom sink.  I had to separate my personal items from my cleaning items.  Fortunately, my bathroom has two (2) sinks, so I didn’t need have to get my husband’s input, but I probably need to know what IS under his sink.



You can buy small organizing tools along the way, like this little basket. But there is no need to buy unnecessary items. 

Now if you have the CASH, then GO FOR IT!!!

After the project is complete, we need to develop a road map, NOT literally.  But at least, we should have a general idea of what all the items are in the space.  Take others on a tour of the new “organized” space, so that they know where everything is.


Now understand that NO organizing system is cast in stone, it continues to evolve.  A system is meant to continue to improve and become more effective, the more you use it…..

Phase III – What’s Next!


Now that we have a rhythm going, let’s go to the next space, using the same process.  I am sure that we have made modifications along the way and adjustments based on “Lessons Learned”.  With each new space, the process becomes easier and easier.

Once you have a “basic” organizing system developed, you can just “roll with the flow”

Now this is VERY IMPORTANT, you have to live in the space and things are going to get out of place.  Do NOT create a system that you can’t live with.  Just don’t allow the clutter to build and get out of control.


We need a maintenance process and we need EVERYONE involved, including the kids.