Do you have a messy desk in your home office, spare bedroom, or, as in my parent’s case, kitchen? One way to stay organized in this area is to give each drawer its own category, however broad or limited that may be. This will come in handy when you’re on the hunt for that one item you desperately need. Too many junk drawers will make it almost impossible to locate it and then you’ll get frustrated and if you get frustrated you’ll get angry and if you get angry no one will like you and you’ll lose all your friends and be miserable for the rest of your life. Don’t end your life miserably – organize your desk drawers!
Here’s a helpful little tip to go along with last week’s tip (hint word – consolidation): If something doesn’t fit categorically with the other items, remove it. Think of the old Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong.” Let’s say you’re moving (Ugh, if you’re like me that immediately caused you to tense up and you may even have a headache now. Relax! You’re probably not moving… But if you are, call me!).
Anyways, you’re not going to throw your kitchen stuff in with play room items. Not only is that going to create an extra step when you’re unpacking (and let’s be honest, there’s enough steps when moving, extra steps aren’t needed), but it also doesn’t make sense. So why do that when organizing your home? Play kitchen items don’t belong with arts and crafts. Spices don’t belong with Tupperware. Make up doesn’t belong with household cleaners. Are you getting my point? It’s a little dramatic, but if you want to organize a space or an area, this tip will help you get started.
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.