This week, let’s move into a storage area of your home. Whether it’s a basement, garage, shed or out-of-the-way closet, everyone has places where they stash all the odd stuff. You know, the items you are saving from high school, or the not-complete set of dishes, or the craft projects gone wrong. . . I could go on, but I won’t. You know what I mean. The things that you avoided making decisions about.
This won’t be easy, but if you challenge yourself to make these decisions you’ll end up with a clear and organized storage area. We’ll take it slow. Now let’s get started on your storage area.
Like most organizing project, don’t try to complete the whole thing in one day (especially if your storage area is big). Doing too much will just discourage you. Keep each day’s project short and simple.
Day 1 through 3 – Attack a shelf in your storage area. Just one shelf. What I want you to do is name that shelf. What is going to live there? Is it your camping gear shelf or your Christmas decor shelf. Focus each day on putting only that category of item in that space. Make a pile of everything else that doesn’t fit the category. You should end up with some neatly sorted and stored categories of your very own.
Remember to label boxes and bins as you go, so you can quickly find what you have worked so hard to organize.
Day 4 and 5 – Now is the time to deal with the pile of things that didn’t fit your categories for the shelves. Why didn’t they make the cut on to the shelves? Ask yourself. . . think about it. . . really. . . think. . . I am guessing that they were not as important to you as the items that found homes on the shelves. Do you love these items? Are they useful? If the answer is “yes” then you need to find another place to store these items cause I’ll bet, your storage space is not going to grow.
Unfortunately, if you have no other storage space, this will be the hardest part. It’s time to let some (all) of this stuff go.
Congratulations! If you completed this job, you are awesome! Organizing a storage area is not fun and it doesn’t reap the quick satisfaction of a more lived in area of your home, but it will make a big difference in the end game.
If you missed week 3 of Get Organized in 2012 check it out here.
Organize Everything – Simplify Life