Going through your home and looking at all that needs to be done can be overwhelming. The easiest way to tackle projects is to organize your thoughts, determine the estimated amount of time needed for that project, tackle each project individually and prepare ahead of time. Create a list of things that need to be repaired, replaced or reorganized to tackle over the next few months. Lay out your plan before starting any project. To really make the most of your time, develop a plan that will keep you on track and make sure you accomplish your goals. Here is a few tips to get you started.
Tips for preparing and planning:
1. Grab your pencil and notebook! You guessed it, make a list. Before you ever get started you should do a walk through and write down a list of all of the items that need to be tackled this Spring.
2. One day at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day right!? Trying to tackle too much at once can lead to bigger clutter problems. I see it every day! Men and women decide they’re finally going to get organized and they are going to do it all in one weekend!! I just sigh and hang my head. No! You are not going to organize your home this weekend!!! Are you crazy? It takes time. If you want it done right and you want it to last, then it will take time. So, go back to Tip 1, make a plan and take your time with that plan. Favorite Product: Franklin Covey Planner. Plan ahead and know when you have time to organize.
3. Call ahead and schedule a donation site to come to your home and pick up items. Over the years, I have heard from countless clients just how much they love that we haul away all of the items they are donating. I never thought much about it. I just never wanted my clients to have to deal with that task. It’s one thing to go through the emotional process of parting with items in your home, but then to have to load them all up and find a place to bring them can be more than you want to tackle. Call ahead and make this an easy end to your de-cluttering! A few useful phone numbers: Salvation Army or Goodwill.
4. Work with your habits. Getting organized isn’t about changing who you are, it’s about knowing who you are. I’ll use my husband as an example. Every morning after he showers he gets dressed in the closet and the damp towel drops right there on the closet floor. For a while the hamper lived in the bathroom and never a towel did he throw in it, but once I moved it in the closet, voila! So stop fighting your habits and embrace them.
5. Make it pretty! A space that you love is a space that you will maintain. As you plan and implement your organizational systems in a space, think about adding touches that you love, such as painting the space your favorite color, bringing in a painting or using gorgeous baskets! Whatever it is, make it a space that feeds your soul and makes you smile when you see it!! Favorite Product: Hand woven baskets create a sleek look and appeal to the eye. Also, bright or fun paper under acrylic dividers in the bathroom make an organized space more charming.
Be efficient with your time and plan your every move to ensure completion of each project. Good luck!
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