May 7, 2018

Ask an Organizer || Where do I start?

Ask an Organizer || Where do I start?

What is one area of your home that you simply can't keep organized?  What clutter, no matter how hard you try, can you never seem to curb?  What is that one burning question you would ask a professional  organizer if you had the chance?

Well, now is the time to ask away!! Today we are launching a a new feature on our blog, dedicated entirely to answering your most troublesome organizing questions! Ask an Organizer!  


I would love to get organized, but I don’t have the slightest idea where  to begin. I’m paralyzed and completely overwhelmed when I look around my house, so I don't even start. Where would you say is the easiest or most motivating place to begin?


First off- please know you are not alone! We hear this question ALL THE TIME! For some of us, when we look around a disorganized space, our  brains aren't immediately able to break the mess down into individual  pieces. We don’t see the parts that make up the whole, we just see  EVERYTHING at ONCE. So of course that feels incapacitating.

The second part to this is that the things in our homes hold memories-  good or bad, it's the sentimental attachment to stuff that makes letting  go so challenging. Because of this, it's important to put extra thought  into where we begin. Being strategic and picking a few easy win  projects to tackle in the beginning allows you to practice and perfect  your organizing skills, sharpens your decision making abilities as you  go on, and  floods your brain with feel-good endorphins  to keep you motivated. In short - doing the easy lifting in the beginning readies you to tackle the heavy, more sentimental stuff later on.

Clothes and shoes are generally a pretty safe jumping off point.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind with clothes is the three month  rule - If you haven't worn it in the last three months, it's ready to be  donated. We suggest taking your time - pulling EVERYTHING out of your closet and drawers, trying on every single item, and ruthlessly asking yourself: Is the garment still your taste and style? Our preferences change  and evolve over time. There is no sense holding on to items that no  longer go with the esthetic we currently enjoy.Does it fit? We are giving you permission to release any piece of  clothing that no longer fits. We are all guilty of this, but holding  onto clothes for a body we no longer have only leaves us feeling  disappointed. Is it in good repair? Check for holes, snags, piling, or stains, and discard accordingly. Is it something you want to continue wearing? Similar to point  number one- there is no sense in keeping things you don't genuinely love  or don't feel good wearing.  If the answer to any of the questions above is 'no', then let it go.

Another good place to hone your organizing skills is your bookshelf.  Most of us have a lot of books- often they are scattered all over the  house, so it's not until we consciously begin to gather them all that we  see the sheer volume of what we have.

In Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,  there is a great section on organizing books. Kondo explains that we  read for the experience of reading. The books we have read have already  been experienced and their content is inside us whether we remember it  or not. So when deciding which books to keep, forget about whether you  think you will read it again or whether you’ve mastered what’s inside.  Instead, keep only what truly, deeply moves you.

Similar to clothing, it is important to physically take ALL your books  off the shelf before organizing them- spending a moment holding each one  with the aim of creating a small, well curated collection of only your  most treasured tales.

Finally, if you still feel like you don't know where to begin, you might  benefit from the services of a professional organizer. We thrive  working in difficult or complex organizing situations, so please don’t  be afraid to reach out for help. We offer FREE in-home consultations to give you a clearer idea of how things work. Feel free to get in touch and book your time with us today!

*** Have a question about home organizing? Send us an email and will try our best to answer it in our “Ask an Organizer” feature here on our blog. ***

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