Here’s a tip once you’re in the organizing process – consolidate items. In a play room, put stuffed toys together, dress up clothes together, art supplies together, etc. Create a space for everything. In the pantry, put canned goods together, baking supplies together, snack foods together, etc. Create a space for everything. Store owners, is your stock room unorganized? Start by consolidating your items. Put like with like. if you’re not organizing for the purpose of displaying the items, consolidation is key.
Okay so here we go with the first post. It’s not going to be much, but I believe this tip is the basis for every other tip that will be provided on this blog. So don’t forget it! Ok, let’s just get to it – Focus on one room, or even one area of a room, at a time.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look at the entire project (aka the whole elephant), but if you focus on just one room, or even one small area of a room (aka take one small bite), it’s much less intimidating. And as you do this the vision will come and somehow, I promise you, everything will end up in its proper place. So take a deep breath, square your shoulders, and give it a try.
A while back I met my friend Stephanie for coffee and, as was the norm back then, we discussed Top Shelf and different ways to get my new business in the social media and public eye. She came up with the idea of a weekly blog featuring organizing tips and I kind of scoffed at the idea. At the time my focus was solely on organizing for businesses and stores, so tips for home organization didn’t interest me. Plus, there aren’t any online “how-to’s” or blogs that I could glean from for help with store organization (believe me, I’ve looked. If you happen to know of any, let me know! scroll down and you’ll see the “email me!” link! I’d love to see them!). And, since Top Shelf was just starting out, I didn’t have any awesome tips of my own to give. So needless to say I wasn’t too keen on the idea (scared of it was more like it). But she kept pushing the idea and so we continued to discuss it… Well, she talked and I listened, occasionally agreeing or nodding my head so I would appear interested, which I wasn’t. Didn’t she know I was going to take the business world by storm with this brilliant idea? I wouldn’t need to provide home organizing tips. Give me some time to build up my huge clientele list full of awesome Nashville businesses and let’s move on to a new topic woman!
Okay, back to reality. I wasn’t interested in branching out to home organization, but I was interested in her advice, so I went along with it. Organizing can be such an overwhelmingly massive task for so many people and as we (she) discussed that I said, “It’s like that old joke: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” And voila! The name for the potential-but-probably-never-gonna-be blog was born.
Well, fast forward a few months and guess who’s dipping her toe into home organization. Yup, never say “never” friends. I’ve set out to find some of the best tips for easy home organization from a few organizing experts, along with some of my own tips (which thankfully I have now because I’ve had people hire me! Woohoo!).
There’s already some amazing blogs out there with great organization tips (some of which I’ll be featuring here) and, to be honest, I’m pretty new to this whole thing. But maybe there’s one person out there who will find this blog and will decide to give it a chance, to give ME a chance. And maybe they’ll find a tip that will help them out in some way. Maybe it will even jump start an organizing project that just needed a boost to get it going. And so, for that person, I’ll blog. And hopefully show you that eating an elephant really isn’t as hard as you think.