If you look around your home or office and find unfiled papers and drawers that are so full that they won’t close, it’s time to do some cleaning and organizing. “It’s not spring,” you say? Well, it doesn’t have to be spring to get your space in tip-top shape. Any time of year is the optimal season to make your life easier and less stressful with a little bit of organizing. The problem that most people have, though, is if they haven’t spent much time decluttering in a while, then the task can seem overwhelming. There are some things that you can do to help yourself save time and frustration when you are organizing your space. Here are four.
1. Break a Large Area into Smaller Sections
If you are trying to organize an entire house, break the area to be organized into smaller sections.
Start with the hallway closet and don’t move to anything else until that area is completely organized. Or if it’s your office that is cluttered, try starting with a file cabinet.
When you break a large area into smaller ones you will feel a sense of accomplishment each time you finish.
This will, in turn, will be motivation to continue to other parts of the house or office.
2. Get Rid of Items that are No Longer Used
Many people have difficulty throwing things away. Unfortunately, this is how clutter builds up in the first place.
If you have a piece of clothing that you haven’t worn in over a year, it’s unlikely that you will even notice that it’s gone. Similarly, if you have an item that you don’t use because it’s just a little broken, throw it away, donate it, or give it to a friend who might use it.
Another tip is to get rid of any item that you have duplicates of. One backup printer cord is useful, just in case, but three cords is the reason that the desk drawer won’t shut.
3. In the Future, Organize Your Space on a Regular Basis
Don’t let clutter build up. People often talk about spring cleaning, but once every four to six months is actually better for many areas of the house.
A full year is just too long and you’re likely to forget to do it anyway.
By de-cluttering and organizing on a regular basis, you learn a routine and the job is more manageable each time.
4. Develop a System
One of the best ways to maintain an organized space is to develop a system of where things go so in the future, you won’t have to think about it.
Placing labels on file drawers or even cabinets in the kitchen is one way that you can remind yourself where each item is supposed to go, especially in the first few weeks to a month.
You should also set aside a little bit of time each day to do mini-organization sessions.
Five minutes for your desk in your home office or other areas that commonly collect clutter will keep those pencils in their caddy.
Organization doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If you do it on a regular basis, it can even become a routine you look forward to, even if it’s not spring.