In the last several weeks I’ve had a couple of clients ask me how I start each organizing job and I told them the same thing: the first thing to do is empty the entire space they want to focus on. Whether it’s a single drawer or cupboard, an entire kitchen or just the pantry, a bedroom closet or a storage unit, this is always the first thing I do when I start any organizing job. By doing this I can see everything I’m working with and it allows me to be intentional about what goes back into the newly emptied space.
Sometimes clients find things they lost. Sometimes they find things that belong in a different space. Most of the time they find things they can get rid of. Once every item is out and we can see the entire space we’re working with then putting everything back in an organized fashion is much easier.
So remember, no matter the size of the space, you have to pull everything out first.
And if you want a tip on how to put things away, click here for a previous Eating an Elephant tip!
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Good idea! I get so overwhelmed just looking at the huge mess I and then give up. I need to empty it out before getting overwhelmed.
Yeah that’s pretty common, even for me sometimes. 😉