52 Weeks

52 Weeks of Organizing

52 Weeks of Organizing was a series I ran each week in 2011.  I’m leaving it up and accessible for anyone wanting to follow along at their own pace in the future.  All the posts related to this series are listed below for your convenience.

I’d like to challenge you to create a list of 52 organizing projects or habits that need to be done or developed around your home…dressers, drawers, closet, toys, paper, you name it. Having a plan is a great first step!  Tackle one a week or more.

Looking for a place to start? My book has 101 organizing tips in it giving you plenty of projects to pick and choose from. Even if you only accomplish 52 of them this year you’ll be well on your way to living an organized life in no time.

If you’d like I’ve created a simple sheet to help you keep track of your 52 projects. Keeping track of your accomplishments will motivate you to continue but remember don’t go crazy and put down “organize office” as one project. Try breaking it down into manageable bite size steps instead, listing them all separately. One shelf, drawer, closet, surface space at a time (unless of course you are feeling really motivated than by all means fly at it!)  Click on the link below to print your copy.

52 weeks of organizing checklist

After all, organizing isn’t a means to an end, it’s an ongoing process that involves all sorts of habits, disciplines and maintenance. It can also be extremely rewarding and addicting. Oh yes it can and I want all of you to experience that high! I’m a pusher what can I say 🙂

Series Posts:

52 Weeks:  Introduction
Week #1 Where will you start?
Week #2 Follow the PROCESS and free printable
Week #3 Identify the Piles
Week #4 Making Decisions
Week #5 Why do you want to get organized?
Week #6 Negative Conversations
Week #7 Purge until it fits
Week #8 Keep Flat Surfaces Cleared
Week #9 What is your good enough?
Week #10 Tips for cluttered surfaces
Week #11 Consolidate & Conquer
Week #12 Daily Maintenance
Week #13 Purge magazine backlogs
Week #14 Does your system need a change?
Week #15 Organizing Closets
Week #16 Getting those drawers under control
Week #17 Seasonal clothes switch out
Week #18 Functional vs. Fabulous
Week #19 No Mom Jeans or Expired Medications
Week #20 Take Back Your Linen Closet
Week #21 Embrace the Empty Space
Week #22 What’s the Big Deal about Labels?
Week #23 Command Center Necessity
Week #24 Finish What You Start
Week #25 Don’t Just Think About It
Week #26 How Much is Enough?
Week #27 Get Your Kids Involved
Week #28 Your Way is Not Wrong If…
Week #29 Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Week #30 Organizing School Papers
Week #31 What Does Simplify Mean to You?
Week #32 Hiring a Professional Organizer
Week #33 Using Weekly Planner Pages for Organizing
Week #34 Setting Boundaries and Limits
Week #35 Find an Organizing Partner
Week #36 Finding a System That Works
Week #37  Bringing Together Like with Like
Week #38 Put It Back!
Week #39 Fighting Procrastination
Week #40 Create an I’m Outta Here Shelf
Week #41 Best Organizing Advice
Week #42 Taking Control of Your Holiday Decorations
Week #43 Prioritize Your Daily Top Three To-Dos
Week #44 Consumed by Clutter
Week #45 Let Go Of The Dream
Week #46 Where To Donate Your Stuff
Week #47 Organize While Watching TV
Week #48 Organize! With My New App! (no longer available)
Week #49 Say No To Scattered and Unfocused Organizing
Week #50 Go Vertical for Storage
Week #51 8 Daily Habits for Keeping Your House Under Control
Week #52 Congratulations and Planning for the New Year

While some of the weeks above provide practical organizing tasks, the majority of the tasks were intentionally created to teach basic organizing skills.  So as a supplement to this first list, I’ve created a second list of 52 Weeks of Organizing Tasks that lists a practical task for each week to help you get your home in order over the course of an entire year.  Click the link below to download.

 Download the 52 Weeks of Organizing Tasks here.

Keep me posted as to how you make out!

Good luck!


76 Responses to 52 Weeks

  1. 1
    Michelle Harris says

    I just started this with my blog and I wanted to let you know that I talked about this wonderful blog and the 52 weeks project. I hope you don’t mind!

  2. 2
    Allison says

    Hi… I just found your blog and love it! My New Year’s resolution ties in perfectly to your 52 weeks project and I am super excited to get started. I tried to download the projects pdf file, but it’s not working for me.
    Any suggestions? Look forward to working together to make some much needed changes for me.

  3. 3
    Allison says

    Was able to download the nice 52 weeks of Organizing list. Thanks!
    I am working on getting the next 4 weeks laid out and a plan of attack put together for sorting through/de-cluttering and cleaning our visitor room which has been used as a dumping ground. It is a mess with
    every unfinished project, item I don’t know what to do with and sentimental object that I don’t want to throw away but don’t know where to put. It is overwhelming to say the least. My question to you is “How to do you get a plan of attack when you don’t even know where to begin? Thanks so much for your help in walking me through this 🙂

  4. 4
    Jenny says

    It is never to late to get started with some thing like this 52 weeks of getting organized. I am so down with it, that I blogged about my commitment. I am making my list. Have a something to brag about on Friday. Looking forward to cleaning out the clutter. Thanks for the inspirations and wonderful hints on getting it done.

    • 4.1
      Laura says

      Nope never to late to join us here! Looking forward to seeing your accomplishments!!

  5. 6
    Jamie says

    Hey! Was out of town…but still keeping up with my organizing goals!

    This week I tackled the fridge…inside and out. I moved all the photos off of the front and placed them on the side so when we walk in the door…we see all the fun stuff we’ve done recently. I got two small, magnetic dry erase boards (with a magnetic marker) and put it on the front of the fridge. One is for my husband and I to write messages to each other and the second one is for me to write the little “to-do’s” that pop into my head that I want to handle in the next day or two.

    On the inside of the fridge I went through and tossed all expired items. Then I gave everything a good cleaning. I got some small plastic bins to store meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies. Our fridge just has one giant drawer on the bottom instead of a few smaller ones. So…all our stuff ends up getting tossed in there and we forget what we have cause we can’t see it all! Well…we no longer have that problem…the bins are working out well. They are actually plastic shoe boxes for storage, but three of them fit well in that drawer and others can fit on the shelves above.

    Thanks, Laura for the motivation to get a bit more organized! 🙂

  6. 7
    Crystal Archuleta says

    Hi I am new to this following things online like this. I am not even sure how to find it again once I close out that is why I am hoping that giving my email address will help and you could contact me. My husband and I just bought our first house and we are working on organizing it. What better time to organize, right? So heres the deal. We have 4 kids ages 10 and 8 year old boys and ages 2 years and 3 months old girls. We have done quite a bit in the last week as far as organizing goes but I am looking for a good place that I can take ideas from others and put them into play for my own family. Let me know if this is the place I can do this. Thanks, Crystal

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    Patti says

    Wow Laura. Your site is just what I need. In a few months we are moving to a small place and I need to severely downsize our belongings. I am very excited to start decluttering. My house is too full and with 4 kids there is always more stuff coming in than going out. I hope I can get everything done in time.

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    Carrie says

    Hi, Laura. I thought I was highly organized…until I found you. I am so encouraged by your site here. I am going to start linking up my organizing and decluttering posts here. I am on a canvas bin mission right now 🙂 Thank you so much for encouraging me through your site. I hope I can help others, too. Have a wonderful day!


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