Is the chaos and clutter in your life driving you crazy? Do you wish you could get a handle on it but are overwhelmed and discouraged with where to start? Don’t worry, you are not alone and I can help.
At this time of the year I like to take a moment to introduce/remind readers about the organizing PROCESS steps I recommend to assist you on your organizational journey. It’s a simple but effective acronym that helps to keep you from getting ahead of yourself when organizing in order to create lasting change.
You see I truly believe organizing is a PROCESS rather than a destination. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on things it’s time to do it all over again. Life happens. Kids outgrow their toys and clothes, your responsibilities and needs change, you have another child, you get married, a new job, etc. With the right techniques though you can stay on top of these things, you can control your space rather than your space controlling you. Being organized allows you to quickly restore the situation when “life” gets a little chaotic and let’s face it, unless you live in a bubble, it’s bound to happen.
PROCESS is defined as a series of actions used to produce something or reach a goal.
That is what we want to do when organizing. Having a series of actions to follow will help you create a clutter free space with a system designed specifically for your needs that is easy to maintain.
Here are the PROCESS steps:
Plan of attack – plan your project – which area(s) do you want to address – make a list – evaluate present system, what is working, what isn’t working, devise new system – determine budget – develop timeline. This step also includes analyzing why clutter is a problem in the first place.
Remove items – empty the space completely so you can start from a clean slate – this is much more effective than just shuffling everything around. Remove then sort & purge
Organize into piles – donate/toss/sell/keep/relocate – sort like with like – purge excess – the more you purge the less you have to find a home. Ask yourself some declutter questions. Your goal is to bring back into your space only what you love and use and can fit into the space you have available. Purge until it fits!
Evaluate plan – how is your system working for you – are you able to work your system? What needs to be modified? A good system should be easy to maintain
Solve/Simplify any remaining issues. Address anything that isn’t working for you – revise accordingly
Smile, relax and enjoy your hard work!
To help remind you of these steps, here is a free printable bookmark to help you keep on track with the steps.
Please feel free to click on the free pdf printable below and print it out to help you with your sorting.
I hope you find these tools helpful as you begin or continue on in your organizational journey. You can do this!!