There's something about a new year that brings a sense of renewal. It's the ultimate start date in life. The best time for a fresh start, a clean slate. January is a month of motivation, filled with good intentions and commitment. It also happens to be Get Organized (GO) Month, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) month long campaign to get people organized AND productive!
Oftentimes getting started sounds great, yet it can feel quite daunting. To help make this start process easier, begin with one room, one closet or one drawer. The area that you select to organize will depend on how much time & energy you have. Be sure that you are able to commit to finishing this project. A typical drawer will take about 20-30 minutes. The larger the space and the more that space is filled, will continue to add time to the project.
My favorite way to tackle any organizing project is to utilize the 5 step SPACE method created by the amazing Julie Morgenstern: Sort, Purge, Assign a home, Containerize, Equalize.
SORT & group all of your like items into broad categories if needed. Now you are ready to PURGE unneeded/unused items. Establish sections marked keep, sell, donate, trash, recycle. Next you will be ASSIGNING a consistent home to only your keep section. Consider how much the items are used, their size & how accessible they need to be. To maximize your organizing effort & space, CONTAINERIZE what you can. This term does not strictly mean "put everything into a container". It refers to utilizing organizing products such as tiered shelving, labels, open baskets, racks...the possibilities are almost endless now. Plus, this is where you can have fun + get creative! It will be beyond helpful to establish a label system here as well. Lastly, you will EQUALIZE or maintain all of the work that has been done. I personally feel that this is the most important step. By creating a system that you, your family, or your business can maintain is the key element to organizing success.
This should give you a great starting point in January to be ready to GO! If all of this sounds way too overwhelming or time consuming for your schedule, visit NAPO at: http://www.napo.net/ to find a local Professional Organizing & Productivity Professional in your area. Here's to a New Year & your fresh start!