Easy – Baby Steps to Start Getting Organized

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Is the thought of cleaning out a cluttered space at home, extremely daunting? Does the idea of having to purge, sort, and organize make you cringe? Sometimes just thinking about the enormity of the task, can send you spinning. And it’s true sometimes – it IS quite a job! We all have busy lives and tend to put organizing on the backburner again and again and again, until the task has become more than we care to deal with. This is the time of year we spend a lot of time indoors, so it can be a great time to get started with baby steps. This is a great tip to help you get organized with little effort and you will barely notice, however results will be fulfilling – ahhhhhhh 🙂

If you use the idea of baby steps, by spring time you will be ready for your mild organizing, spring cleaning, or whatever you need to, in order to feel all sorted out for a great summer. During the wonderful weather of Summer, who wants to worry about being stuck indoors, organizing your “stuff”? NOBODY – and nobody does! Pouf! Summer’s gone and you are all the way to fall time again. Geeeeez, time sure flies doesn’t it?

This post is just a short one with a general tip to get you started. In the world of organizing and cleaning, it just doesn’t get easier than these:
* Fill one black garbage bag per week. Just take a few minutes a day and whenever you see something around the house that needs to go – put it in the bag and don’t look back. At the end of the week you will have a bag full. I would consider this one to be kind of baby “crawl”, but if that’s all you can manage, that’s awesome! If you wanna step it up a notch, try a garbage bag per day. At the end of the week, you will find yourself with 7 garbage bags – wow! Or 5 if you do it based on “business days. 😉
Or try:
* 10 minutes per day for one week. This one is a GREAT exercise and a wonderful start to getting super organized. Put two bags in each room you would like to tackle. One bag is a black/green garbage bag and the other, a clear bag(which is your “donate” bag). Dedicate 10 minutes in a room each day. Set a timer if you like. No texting, talking or getting distracted during these ten minutes! If kids are an issue, bribe them if you have to. It may sound bad, but this is the time to give them the things you hate giving them in order to get some peace and keep them quiet… If your kids are old enough to help, bribe them in a different way – You know what it takes! Anyway, once you get yourself in the room, get down to business! After a week you will see that you have filled more garbage bags than the garbage collector will even allow. YAY! 🙂
Let me note that you should quickly put those ‘donate’ bags in your vehicle and get them where they need to go(a friend, family member, donation box nearby, salvation army, etc.). This way it is out of your life and you will feel peace of mind. Now you have more time to find relevant things, faster. 😀

Once you finish, you may feel inspired and go even deeper. At that point if you need some help, call me ;).

Thanks for tuning in.
Tanya
Professional Organizer
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Comments

  1. Hi Tanya
    I will definitely try the two bags in my room and my daughters room.
    We have a ton of old toys and clothes that don’t fit anymore.
    Thanks for the posts!!

    Alisa

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