Seven Best Organizing Tips

There are two types of people in the world, “filers” and “pilers” (AKA Felix and Oscars). The pandemic really brought these differences out.  While some of the world was purging and organizing, others were accumulating.

If you were part of the purging camp, you likely don’t need to read any further as I imagine your home is tidy, you mostly know where everything is and you probably aren’t storing a lot of stuff.  You probably even own a label maker 😉 

As someone with ADHD, I personally struggle with home organization which is why I know the value of paying someone else to help me. I FEEL a difference when my home is cluttered versus when everything is put away and organized (not shoved into cabinets put away), organized with a place for everything and LABELS which help me keep it that way longer. 
 
Your home is your sanctuary.  It’s an outward reflection of your inner world. When your home runs better, your life runs better.  In honor of our Seventh Anniversary, I thought I’d share some of my biggest takeaways.
  1. Before you start organizing and decluttering, envision the life you want to have and how you want to live in your space.  If you are reading this blog, it’s likely you are one of the people who struggles with “letting go” of items and you need a little help. Remember, organization and reducing clutter contributes toward better mental health, saves money and time and simplifies your life. 
  2. Break the task into manageable pieces. Make a list of any area of your home you want to de-clutter.  Doing a “brain dump” gets it out of your brain and into actionable steps. Create a “to do” list starting with the easiest tasks and working toward the harder ones.  The momentum should give you the gas you need to keep going and the satisfaction of crossing off your “to do’s”.
  3. Handle your hassles – One of the worst things you can do is put off dealing with a “hassle” to save money.  In the long run, spending a little bit of money to make your life easier is a far bigger savings. To give you an example, with Zoom calls taking up more of my days, my computer battery would quickly lose its charge. I’d find myself restricted to working on the floor or only at my desk until I invested in a longer cord.  Now, I’m free to roam about the cabin (work further from the walls). Another example was always looking for empty hangers when I wanted to put my laundry away. Instead, I bought extra hangers which I keep in my laundry basket so there’s one less aggravation when doing laundry.  If you’d like a worksheet about handling your hassles, email info@SilverLiningsTransitions.com
  4. If you don’t want to throw something away but you are no longer using it and feel it could be of use to someone else, share it on a site like Freecyle.org or Buy Nothing localized to your community on a Facebook group.  If you didn’t use it or fix it during quarantine, the likelihood is you really can part with it. If it’s something you feel you’ll miss for sentimental reasons but aren’t using it, photograph it and put it on a site like Artifcts.com where you can capture the history behind mementoes.
  5. Make your intentions known.  One of the things I’ve learned the hard way is how important it is to make sure family members know “who gets what”.  Just telling someone it’s theirs, will not make it so when you pass away.  The old adage “weddings and funerals bring out the worst in people” certainly held true for my family when a lamp I’d been promised was given to another relative. Create a digital inventory or at least write things down to minimize disagreements when your family is mourning. You can also use a program like Fairsplit
  6. Pick a date (one week works best) and work backwards.  If you want to declutter, make an appointment with a local donation center who does pick ups.  Then spend the next week setting your timer for 10 minutes a day.  Fill one bag with trash and one with donations.  You can also use stickers for furniture. (The key is to have a plan of action otherwise you’ll likely be driving around with donations in your trunk.) 
  7. Eliminate the energy vampires and malignant memories from your life.  If there is a person who drains your energy or an item you’re holding onto out of guilt or obligation, one of the best ways to de-clutter is to eliminate the guilt and free yourself for something lighter to take its place.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself.  Releasing items can be like shedding skin. It’s not very comfortable but you’ll grow more when you do.

Silver Linings Transitions, is a senior and specialty move management company offering de-cluttering, home organizing and move management assistance.