Do you find yourself spending an extraordinary amount of time simply searching for items? Do you have piles of paper and clutter on nearly every surface in your home? This can create a stressful life on many levels. The culprit and most often the excuse is a simple lack of time. We are so overscheduled that maintaining organization in our lives seems like just another task for which we have no time. Quite the opposite is true. While it might be a daunting task getting organized, once systems are in place and items have been properly stored, retrieval time is substantially diminished as are stress levels. Being unorganized can actually be expensive. You end up purchasing items that you already have simply because you’re unable to locate them. Follow these suggestions from the professional organizers to reclaim your personal space and reduce your stress levels.
The first step is to set a timer on your phone for thirty minutes. Select a small area in your home that needs organizing. This could be your desk, closet or mail center. Do not leave this area or change tasks for thirty minutes. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in a mere thirty minutes. Have a large trash bag ready to discard papers that can either be scanned or accessed online. If there are items in the area that belong in a separate space, make a pile and return them to designated areas only after the timer rings. Place like items together. Do not invest in storage containers until the clutter has been cleared. There is no point in storing clutter. Complete the one area you have designated for this thirty minute period. Return items that don’t belong in this space.
Identify a second space and follow the same procedure as outlined above. Set your timer for thirty minutes. It’s recommended to address areas that are the most frequently accessed. Your next point of attack may well be your clothes closet. If you’ve taken advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and enjoyed frequent trips to Old Navy, place the active wear, work wear and casual wear in separate areas of your closet. If you have not worn a garment in over a year, plan to donate, discard or consign it.
Not tackling your entire home in one fell swoop is much more manageable. Break the process down into thirty minute session and you’ll be amazed at how much you can actually accomplish.