When you are getting ready to organize a room or space, I would suggest taking EVERYTHING out of that space and make decisions on each item as you do. Seriously, then when everything is out you have made choices about what you want to do with your things. What that does is gives you a clean slate to start with. Now when you look at the space or room you don't have anything in it leading you into creating it in the same way that it was before. You can get creative.
The hardest part of a declutter/ organizing job.. where to start. My two cents is to start with the space that you will be most inspired to have finished.
I'm fascinated by how many different reasons people need help. Some families are getting married and combining two lives, some people are splitting up and separating everything. Sometimes there is a spouse who gets driven crazy by the clutter of the other and I get called in to relieve some pressure. Some are yearning for simplicity in their inner life and the decluttering of their living space is an absolute must for feeling at ease in the home... the list goes on and on. There is no black and white, cut and dry, we all get to play in this life.
If you can't park your car in your garage because there is to much stuff in it. Then maybe it's time to do some serious decluttering. I have watched people year after year walk in from the street or driveway because the garage was packed with things that they NEVER use. It's as if they forget that they have the power to change this portion of their life. Go look in your garage and see if you can park in it, if you can't, look at it, really look at what is blocking you from using your space. Get fired up about changing it and if you need help, there are resources out there for you, me included.
This is what a good friend of mine did to cover some of his papers because he was going to have a date that night.
I don't know about you; but this cracks me up!
I'm an avid cyclist and once in a while when I'm out with another cyclist or two and I start to get tired and fall behind a mantra pops into my head "better to keep up than catch up". It's so much easier to just give a little more juice and stay in the draft than to fall behind and have to power through a huge exertion of energy to get back with the group. If that is even possible. Sometimes if I fall behind I simply don't have it in me to fire it up. Luckily I have great friends and they just slow down for me on those days as I would do for them on the days when they are not feeling it.
Organizing is much like this. If we fall behind a little and things start to pile up we can nip it in the bud with just a little energy. If we fall behind and continue to let things pile up then we start to feel the overwhelm of being behind and then we start to look at our energy reserves to see if we have the juice to get caught up. We ALL have our days, weeks, months (you name it) that we are not feeling it when it comes to taking care of our spaces. If we can just muster up enough to keep up then the days when our energy is souring and we are feeling good again we won't have to exert as much to do the "big clean".
If you have found yourself behind and need a little help getting caught up take a deep breath, eat some great nutrition, get plenty of sleep and if you need feel free to call me I've got your back.
Many clients of mine have little individual piles that fill up a room. To me that shows how many times they walked into the room with their hands full and saw that they had no place to put their things. So they put their things down right next to the last pile that they put down. It's interesting to see just how many times they ran into this problem before I get the phone call for help.
I've noticed that most everyone, even organized people, have a secret space. One that they are just not quite sure what to do with. For some it's the bills coming in, for others it's the junk drawer, or gardening supplies, electronic cords... The list goes on.
I'm curious, what's yours?
Some houses I show up to organize for look great... that is until we open the junk drawers, pantries, or entryway closets. Then the chaos begins. This is a pretty clear example of "out of sight, out of mind". Almost everyone has a tricky spot in their living space and I'm here to tell you that one way to get after it and make some serious change is as fresh set of eyes. I LOVE my job!
Cleaning out a pantry in a very well organized house this week I found some food that had expired in 2004! I have a new game :)
Many of us like to get our spring cleaning on. This is a great time to purge and have a yard sale. What happens the evening of the sale or the next day though? Picture it, the sale is over and there are still things piled up on the front lawn that didn't sell. You may be tempted to take them right back into the garage or the basement and put them back in the piles that you took them from. DON'T!! instead stay committed to the process and put them in your car and take it all to good will or your favorite thrift store asap!