I don’t know about you, but many times I have started a small organizing project and it somehow explodes into a much bigger project. I started cleaning the bathroom and the next thing I knew I was about to recaulk the bathtub. (which needs to be addressed because a little water can do a lot of damage!) But once again I was “in for a nickel, in for a dollar”.
When starting any organizing (or cleaning) project it is best to first define the scope of your project. Want to organize your closet? Awesome. But that project is actually a multi step goal. You will need to look at the different areas in your closet to see where your organization is already working and where to focus your attention.
Start small. What is the ONE THING you want to accomplish? What is the most important? Do you have items that need to be at your fingertips and are not? What one organized area will satiate you until you can schedule time for the next area?
When you start your organizing project be sure to keep your goal in mind. If you find yourself wanting to deal with other issues, remind yourself of the scope of your task. It’s ok to set the other things aside. The were not part of this project. Now that you know they exist, you can incorporate them into another project and budget your time accordingly.
Be creative. If your area of choice does not make you happy or inspire you, what would make it better? Sometimes swapping out wire hangers for plastic ones can make a huge impact. Maybe you color coordinate. Long sleeved shirts on white hangers, short sleeved on blue.
Whatever you decide, be good to yourself. Give yourself credit for what you have already done. Congratulate yourself for scheduling time to tackle that one area. And finally, give yourself permission to have a few organization items that reflect who you are and that make you feel good. Be at least as good to yourself as you would to someone else.
Welcome to my blog. I am glad you are here to read the musings on organizing and finding balance in your life. I hope you find them inspiring and motivating.