Organizing is all about finding a tailored method and system that works for each of your individual spaces. We totally agree that a customized solution for every closet, nook and cranny is great. But, let’s get back to the organizing basics for a moment, shall we? Whether it’s a disaster in your pantry or mayhem in your linen closet, there are a few things you want to be sure you have before tackling any disorganized mess.
1. Game Plan
Before you jump into sorting through your items, make sure that you have a solid plan for what you want to do with that space. Is that closet the best home for your extra towels and sheets? Or, is it better suited for light bulbs, batteries and other home improvement odds and ends? Take a moment to evaluate what you intend to keep in that space so that you can approach organizing with the right framework in mind.
Organizing is easiest when you have adequate space to spread out your belongings. Spreading out your items will allow you to get a grasp of everything you have, which makes it easier to sort things into their different categories. If the area you’re organizing is in a tighter, more crowded space, consider moving everything to a different room so that you can really spread out. It may seem like a hassle at first, but having more space will make things easier in the long run!
When sorting through your contents, you’ll undoubtedly come across trash and other items not worth hanging on to. You know the type: things like old receipts, junk mail and threadbare socks. We’ve all discovered those useless items that make us roll our eyes and wonder why we’ve been hanging onto them for so long. Have some trash bags handy so that you can immediately toss anything that’s not worth keeping. If you find items that are still functional and in good condition, remember to create a donation pile so that somebody else can use and appreciate them. You’ll do some good, and you’ll get the tax deduction!
4. Buckets and Bins
Once you’ve got things sorted out, you need a place to put them. Varying storage containers are key in creating and maintaining any organized space, as they help you group similar items together. So, make sure you have a variety of buckets, bins and baskets to separate your belongings. Whether you prefer plastic, cloth, wicker or wood, storage bins come in an assortment of materials. Just make sure that you have some different sizes for smaller and larger items.
5. Labels and Markers
Organizing is one thing. But, making sure your space stays organized is another. Having clearly labeled storage containers will make it easy to see what goes where, and also help motivate you to put things back where they belong. If you don’t own a label maker, some simple stick-on labels and a permanent marker will do the trick for categorizing and marking your bins!
If you’re finally untangling that mess of extra cords or have decided to conquer the pile of winter gear in your coat closet, make sure you have these necessary tools first. They’re sure to come in handy, no matter what you’re organizing!
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