When facing the daunting task of organizing a space, here is a simple process that can be used in just about any circumstance:
1. Like Things Together
It will be easier to recognize what you don’t need when you see all the similar items together. So, take everything from the space you want to organize and begin to put like things together in piles. You do not get rid of things in this step – just group them together.
Now, you are ready to pare down and eliminate. Start with one group of like items. Determine if each item is something you really need. Would I buy it again? Would I keep this if I were moving? Is it damaged? Have I used it in the past year? It’s often helpful to prepare an area for trash, an area for items to donate and/or sell, and an area for things that don’t belong in that space.
3. Designate a Home
Based on the space with which you are working, you will now assign a spot for particular items. It’s helpful to store things where you use them. The things used most often should be the easiest to access.
Considering where and how you want items to be stored, you can then determine if you need to purchase any organizing products. For example, you may want to buy baskets for storing certain things, movable cupboard shelves, or hooks on which to hang items. You may already have some bins or other things around your house that you can use to help organize a space, so start there!
Make a habit of putting things back in their designated spots when done using them, and cleaning will be a quick and easy task. Continue to evaluate. You might think of different ways to organize a space that are more helpful and efficient for you.