Hi friends, I’m a huge believer in doing organizing projects in manageable chunks of time. So many people just get overwhelmed otherwise. If you have a large space you want to tackle, break the steps down into 5, 15 or 30 minute tasks. For instance if time or attention is short, planning a whole closet overhaul is probably not the best way to go. Instead plan to spend 5-15 minutes a day purging clothes from your closet that you no longer love or that fit. Or spend a few minutes organizing scarves or belts or shoes. Eventually your closet will get done even if it does take longer than if you did it all at once. But you know what? You do what you can do.
Doing something is better than nothing.
Occasionally I like to show you small organizing tasks I do around my own house. Yesterday it was my nightstand drawer in my bedroom. It’s been bugging me for awhile but, unlike other areas in my house that I see all day long, my nightstand only reminded me it needed an overhaul at bedtime. At this point I was always too tired to care. Then the other day when I was in Winners/Homesense (they are all one store here in Canada) I found these divided containers and felt the inspiration looming up inside of me. I had to have them and bought them both because well I couldn’t resist. Gosh I can’t even tell you how happy a little divided container makes me. Whoot!!
The white one I used to organize my nightstand drawer and not to worry, I’m sure I’ll find a lovely little spot for the other one :)
Here’s the before picture of the drawer with random crap thrown in over time.
As you can see I did have a basket in there to corral items. The problem wasn’t the basket really but rather a case of neglect. Yep, it happens to all of us.
Don’t sweat it, just tackle it!
It’s not organized and done, it’s organized and see you soon!
When I dumped my drawer out onto the bed I found THREE sets of earphones. THREE because apparently I’m some kind of earphone hoarder. I didn’t even know I owned that many! I also pulled out of there two reading lights, you know the kind that clip onto a book. Ummm that’s weird because I don’t use reading lights. I also found oh about 40 bookmarks, for you know that time where I have forty books going at one time???? I mean it’s not unusual for me to be reading multiple books at once but FORTY? Let’s not get crazy here people! Do you see what I mean about random? Sheesh!
So after a little purging and a brand new shiny divided container(!!!) I am once again a happy girl with an organized nightstand drawer.
For curious minds, I have tucked in the back my sleeping masks and night cream. A notebook for pre-bed brain dumps lives underneath the tissue box. The top left section has ear plugs and earphones and the section underneath that holds small post-it notes for quick notes. The section to the right houses my electronic cleaning cloth and a small light. The big front section holds pens, highlighter, nail file, nail clippers, lip balm, cough candies, etc. The few bookmarks that I did end up keeping I slid in on the left side next to the divided container.
If you need some quick organizing ideas, I have a slew of 30 minute and even 5 minute organizing tasks pre-loaded into my organizing app that can get you started. If you don’t like the choice given to you, then just shake your phone and a new one will pop up for you!
What quick organizing tasks can you do in your home right now?
Happy organizing y’all!