Getting organized doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. We all have places in our home that are a mess: a closet, a kitchen drawer, the spare bedroom that has become a storage area for junk. We want to fix the problem, but we don’t know where to begin and we feel overwhelmed.

Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. START SMALL – Don’t try to do it all in one day. Choose a space and divide it into designated areas such as ONE shelf in a closet or ONE drawer.
  2. DUMP IT ALL OUT – Empty the contents of the drawer and see what’s in there!
  3. SORT INTO CATEGORIES – Divide everything into similar groups. (ie. pens/notepads; hand sanitizer/ first aid; gum/candy).
  4. THROW AWAY – Toss all garbage, broken items, useless pieces of paper etc.
  5. DONATE – If an item is in good shape, and you haven’t used it in 6-12 months, then give it away!! SOMEONE NEEDS IT MORE THAN YOU DO!!
  6. PUT IT BACK – Don’t just throw everything back into a drawer or else you’re back where you started! If you can, use small containers to hold each type of item in the drawer. Old Tupperware or empty margarine tubs are useful.
  7. MOVE ITEMS TO THE PROPER PLACE – If something doesn’t belong in that drawer, don’t put it back there. (ie. Band-Aids or sunscreen should be with the First Aid kit or with similar items in a container where you can access them easily).
  8. PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK – CONGRATULATIONS – YOU’RE DONE!!
  9. CHOOSE ANOTHER SPACE – If you have time and want to continue, then follow these steps for another area of your home.
  10. SET A GOAL – Tell yourself that you’ll organize one drawer a day, or a week, whatever is realistic. Take a weekend to sort all the kitchen cupboards. Give yourself a month to tackle that spare room or try to do a room a month for a year if that suits you. The key is to JUST START !!!

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