1:Choose a project and focus your energy on it: a drawer, a bookcase, a closet. Chances are you’ll find something out of place, like… a hammer with the shoes! Have an empty box handy for these items (rather than jumping around to put things away as you find them). This will help you stay focused.
2: Sort items by keeping similar items together, and also divide them into piles for keeping, donating, recycling, selling, and disposing of.
3: Think about who you are today. Give yourself permission to let go of things that no longer serve who you are now. Recognize that these objects have done what they were meant to do for you, and now is the time for them to serve someone else.
4: Take regular breaks and stay hydrated. If you need a helping hand – someone to get you started or a cheerleader – ask for help!
IIf you find yourself opening a drawer, closet or garage door and saying, “I need to get organized,” you’re not alone. And if you’re also feeling strapped for time, not sure where to start, or overwhelmed, you’re not alone either.
“The best part of my job is being able to help people find more joy in their lives,” says Kristy Mylroie, who has turned her passion for organizing into a full-time business called Sort and Order. “Life is too short to be frustrated every day by those piles on the counter.”
A key part of organizing is decluttering, which Mylroie says can include an emotional component.
“I’ve heard clutter is defined as ‘postponed decisions,’ which is a good way to think about it,” says Myrloie, who adds that people have plenty of reasons to hang on to things longer. than necessary. I might need this, Where I spent so much money on this, Where It was a gift are all opportunities for discussion, she says.
“It’s not my job to make people get rid of certain things, but to help them find a way to achieve their organization’s goal and hopefully be surrounded by things. that make them happy.”
Mylroie is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizational Professionals or NAPO.
“[NAPO] provided professional development, tools to get started and instant connection to a community of thousands of amazing organizers who support, encourage and want to share their knowledge,” says Mylroie.
This is especially important for dealing with more sensitive issues related to organization, such as when lack of organization affects people’s ability to function.
“I’ve worked with clients who simply wanted more organization in their kitchen or storage closet, and others whose level of clutter was disrupting their daily lives,” she says.
Through NAPO, Mylroie discovered and joined the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, which offers training and resources related to helping those affected by chronic disorganization, ADHD, and hoarding disorder.
For most projects, however, Mylroie follows a similar process (see Organizing tipsright).
“For a closet, we could start by cleaning everything out,” she says. “Then we sort by creating groups of similar objects – all short-sleeved shirts, all jeans, all sandals, etc. – and then deciding which things should stay and which should go.”
For leftover items, Mylroie helps every customer reuse the things they already have to keep their stuff organized and in a designated place like using boxes, bins, hooks and baskets. Sometimes a trip to the store is in order.
Items marked “go” can be donated, recycled, sold or disposed of.
“It’s good if [clients] know someone who is really excited to receive the item,” says Mylroie, adding that Spokane has plenty of places ready to take items.
The final part of the organization puzzle is maintenance, Mylroie says, noting that knowing things are going to be unorganized again is part of life.
“Life can get really messy, and so organization, like many things, is cyclical.”