#3: Organize With A Plan!

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”

– Alan Lakein

Starting a major organization project can seem like quite a challenge. It can feel overwhelming and lead to you wondering…how did I get all this stuff and now what I am going to do with it!? Having a plan on what goes where is the key to success but every plan must be balanced with a healthy dose of action. Here are the basics you should have under control before you start:

  • What am I going to throw out? Ask yourself, if I didn’t already have this thing, what would I do to get it? Chances are a lot of your stuff will fail this test. The fewer things you have to organize the easier it will be organize. I know, not exactly ground breaking but sometimes it’s the simple obvious truths that so easily escape us.
  • How am I going to organize this space? This may be specific to color, function, size, season or cost but have some kind of plan for what will go where. The question to ask here is, “How do I decide what I need when I go to this space?” Start with the biggest answer and work your way down. In the case of the closet the biggest answer would probably be seasonal. You won’t wear a ski jacket in July. After that look at making a difference between work, gym or casual clothes. Your little black dress probably doesn’t need to be front and center but your gym clothes better be!
  • Is there anything that will make this easier? Consider items that may promote initial organization and also keep you honest with future organization. Think about more than shoe racks here! IKEA has a ton of products that work this concept to the max. I purchased a large king size bed frame that includes four large drawers. The drawers are IKEA quality so I wouldn’t want to use them daily but for items that I need to have on hand but not every day a solution like this is perfect. Additionally, you can use bags and purses as storage. Even if you have a lot of space to work with, using every bit of storage will always make it easier.
  • How long will this take? If I don’t give myself a timeline then I may create a very complicated process. Sometimes, done is better than perfect. In the case of organization, some organization is probably a lot better than nothing. Just getting started will make circling back on the same project much easier! Setting a timeline can also help you get started. Telling yourself “I will only work on my kitchen cabinets until 3:00pm” can make the project seem less daunting and ensure that you make decisions during the project that will ensure you finish at 3:00 pm.

Start with the focusing questions and get going! Let me know what you think in the comments below!