A Blog of SortsTips for creating space and time for things that really matter.
Read everything about organizing you want; for many people it’s just not enough to help them actually do it. Not only is it hard to know where to start, how do you stay motivated and finish one project without getting sidetracked?
So, you’ve decided to clean up, declutter, organize and/or simplify. That’s great, but it can be hard to know where to begin.
It may seem overwhelming to even begin, much less finish. But the only way to make change, or get started on something, is to actually do it.
People have different systems for organizing, but think of the “why” behind organizing: It’s so we can find things. Therefore, your things need homes. We have homes, which have addresses, so people and mail can find us. We know where to go, and so should our stuff....
Ok, it’s not really a formal system. But when you make a list, and implement the items on the list year after year…then you have basically created a system. Here I will outline all that goes into the holidays in our house, by me, in list form.
Have you ever noticed that an accidental mess or mistake can actually result in a cleaner, neater space? A kitchen floor dirty from daily use can long be ignored, in my house anyway. But spilled orange juice can’t. Left alone, it becomes a sticky ant magnet or worse.
Sara Cummings, M.A.