PROCESS: a series of actions used to produce something or reach a goal.
Before we get into the action steps let’s define the goal. A common organizing goal is to produce a clutter free space with a system designed specifically for your needs and the space involved in order to reduce chaos and confusion in your home and in your life. Less chaos and confusion = more time for the things that really matter.
Getting organized means freeing up time and money to spend on the things that really matter….spirituality, emotional well-being, physical health and loving relationships.
Now for the action steps. I have created a simple acronym to help you to achieve your goal. By following the PROCESS steps below anyone can conquer any space. The point to remember is that organizing is a PROCESS, one that may need to be repeated periodically to get your space working for you as effectively as possible. As your needs change, you may find your current system isn’t working for you any longer and that’s when you need to simply go through the PROCESS again but this time you may get away with only having to do a couple of the steps. Do not get discouraged if your system doesn’t work for you the first time. Expect it. The only way to know if something is going to work out for you is to actually use the system for awhile. Time will tell. If the chaos and confusion didn’t subside then try again. It will get easier once you become more familiar with what works for you and what doesn’t. I generally need to go through the PROCESS whenever I purchase something that won’t fit into my designated areas (like when I go garage saleing and come home with all sorts of things I just had to have…did I tell you I have trouble passing up a bargain….lol).
Here are the steps:
Plan of attack – which area(s) do you want to address – make a list – evaluate present system, what is working, what isn’t working, devise new system
Remove items – start from a clean slate – empty the space
Organize into piles – like with like – donate/toss/sell/keep/relocate
Containerize – find storage solutions and designate a space for items being kept
Evaluate plan – how is your system working for you – what needs to be modified
Solve/simplify anything that isn’t working
Smile, relax and enjoy your hard work!
So what do you think? Do you think you can make it work for you?