According to a survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of American Demographics, the most common reason that people use for not getting organized is not having sufficient time. But did you know that those who are organized end up having more time to focus on other important tasks and even do the things they enjoy?
So yes, it is just about time management and the will to get things organized. But of course you’d need some tricks or perhaps a system to get you going. Finding the time to get organized will not only simplify your life, but it will bring peace of mind to you and to all your family members.
Organization is a skill that can be learned. If you know how to systematically get rid of clutter in your home you could significantly reduce the stress in your life. Here are some basic organizing principles and steps to make the task easier. Here’s how your process should work…
UPDATE: July 9, 2015
(This probably deserved its own post – but it is an amusing addition. Gotta love the girlfriend. This was still here and let’s face it, I’m lazy.)
Oh my gosh. So the girlfriend has been stashing her things in the spare bedroom for the last six months. I hadn’t actually opened the door until last week. It was ugly. We are actually lucky the door opened up, it was questionable whether we would be able to fit in the door. We definitely needed some organizational love and some general junk removal. And a dumpster. The girlfriend was not too excited about the dumpster theory, but we were gentle and just used the standard trash cart.
Unfortunately, it’s very easy to stack up a lot of unwanted items in a short period of time. A little here, a little there, a few flung items into a room to look at later – next thing you know you’ve got a room you can no longer get into – say nothing about actually using the room. If it’s more than you can handle yourself, call-in the experts for Raleigh junk removal. It’s a whole lot quicker, awful lot faster and, overall, just a whole lot easier. I’m not ridiculously old but wasting old beds, couches, furniture, and general stuff is just more than I normally want to do. Call junk removal experts! You won’t be sorry.
Ask yourself what you really want out of the area you’re going to organize. Set your goals, what are you shooting for by getting organized? And more importantly, you want to dig a little deep into understanding how you want to benefit. Having a clear set of goals will help you get motivated to work towards achieving them.
For instance, if you plan to organize paperwork in your home office, the question is “why do you want to organize this space?”
The answer could be that you don’t want to have a late bill again, or may simply because you want to be able to find any document in less than a minute.
After realizing your goals it is now time to do the real work. Start with piling “like” items together.
For instance, you can make a pile of all your shirts, then another pile of all your pants.
Get a “filing system”, for instance boxes, containers, drawers, etc. Just place items that are alike together.
After sorting your items, the next step you have to do is go through the piles and break them down even more. Yes, you can sort them even more, but this time you can break them down into two groups only: “treasure” or “trash.”
It is recommended not to put a third category which may be something in between. Here should also be no room for “I’m going to decide on this later.” Just make up your mind!
Now, the trash items don’t necessarily mean they are going to the garbage.
After deciding your “trash” items, you now need to go through them and break it down once more. This time sort them to which ones can be donated, what can be sold, and what’s really going to the dumpster.
Once you get all the “trash” out of the area, you can now organize the items you’ve decided to keep.
When you’re organizing, always observe a simple rule of keeping like items together – whether on a shelf, in drawers or in any other kind of storage. Also ensure that the items you use more often are more accessible.
And that’s it!
If you still feel quite overwhelmed with all the clutter in your home, maybe it’s time to get a professional company to help you. Junk Doctors handles junk removal in Raleigh and surrounding areas. You can definitely take advantage of companies like them to do all the cleaning and sorting for you if you like. But in the end, you still have to learn how to get rid of junk in your home and organize everything on a daily basis.