Organize your life in 5 easy steps

ORGANIZING – HOW TO GET STARTED IN FIVE EASY STEPS:

organized 21 150x150 Organize your life in 5 easy steps(1) Identify the space you want to conquer
I recommend you start off with a small project.  If you choose a room that needs a complete overhaul, like a new paint job or sheet rock on the walls,  then I suggest you save that for later. Select something simpler.  When selecting a project, think about what challenges you are currently facing on a daily basis that cause you frustration. Do need a way to file all your bills? Do you need one central place to store all your mail? Are your shoes cluttering your hallway? Is your closet a hazard?  Are toys all over the floor?

(2)  Document your vision. What about this space do you want to change?
Do you have a vision in your head on how you want your new space to look? What specifically do you want to change? (example: need space to hold mail and spare keys or need a better way to keep all the kids arts-n-crafts organized). Developing a checklist will make sure you don’t forget anything and will give you a place to record accomplishments!

(3)  Set a deadline for yourselfdeadline 150x150 Organize your life in 5 easy steps
Understanding and accepting your own self-imposed deadline, will avoid stress later.  Be realistic when setting your own deadline.Is this a project that needs immediate attention?  Or can it be done gradually over time?  Either case, you will likely need to carve out the time to make it happen. Maybe you can take a day off work or possibly you can have your hubby take the kids out one weekend so you can focus on your project.

(4) Get your materials and leverage things you already have
Any organizing project requires materials.  However, before you go out and buy anything new, look around your home for things you may already have. You would be surprised what you can pull from one room that works in another.  In fact, this is one of the best decorating and organizing tips I ever received!  Swapping things from one room to another can yield great results and save you a ton of money!   Check in your attic, garage and basement for items you may have stored away.

(5) Execute against your plan
Time to get to work!   Now that you have your project identified, your vision documented, your self-imposed deadline set and your materials in check – now it is time to execute. This is supposed to be the FUN part!   There is no greater satisfaction that completing a project on your own. Understand that sometimes things “come up” and you may be required to re-evaluate  your plan and revise accordingly. Don’t get discouraged  and keep your priorities in check.

Happy Organizing!


 Organize your life in 5 easy steps

 

 Organize your life in 5 easy steps

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Melissa is the founder of Girliemom and has over 20 years working in IT. Her career has spanned Professional Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Sales Operations and now is a Community Strategist at one of the largest software companies in the world. Melissa has 3 daughters ages 10, 11 and 13. When not working, you can often find her on a soccer field or working on her website!

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  5. Hi there, I have popped over from Twitter to have a look at your website. It looks great and I enjoyed your post on organising. I used to be very organised prior to kids, I find now it is just the time factor and also the amount of stuff we have has multiplied by too much!
    My tip is to keep onto of it. I find that our art drawers go from being organised to not very easily particularly since they are handy for the kids to use.
    I have followed your blog and All the best with your blog :) Emma -the Good Parent Guide.

    • thank you Emma for taking a few minutes to check out girliemom. Yes, organizing can definitely be very time consuming and well i will say it – a bit draining actually (hmm, perhaps a good blog post) because i agree it never ends and you have to stay always on it.

      if i showed you my art drawers right now, you would have a good laugh., I will need to tidy those up before i show the world. Ha ! maybe another good post idea – a before and after !!!! All the best. look forward to blogging together!
      -Melissa

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  10. Great tips! I always miss the deadline part and let a project hang out there forever!

    Visiting from SITS :)

  11. I could use some better organization in my home…You’ve inspired me to be up and doing instead of at my computer all day. I wanted to add something to #5 if I could; the “make it fun” part: In order to continue the path of organization in the future, make it as fun as you can. Listen to your mp3 (music, audiobooks, affirmations, motivational stuff), dance, reward yourself in the end with something small but meaningful–use something positive to keep you going and when you do, over time, it will be pleasant to do these kinds of projects. Great post! Onward and upward (one of my mantras)–I am off to organize!

  12. Great tips! I’m normally fairly organized but there are some areas of the house that seem overwhelming. This gives me a great tool to tackle them.
    Happy SITS day! Enjoy it!

  13. Being organized brings freedom to life. I so agree with using what you already have!

  14. My whole house needs an overhaul, but really right now I’d like to get my blogging area and office under control. Great tips! I just need to take te time to do it, and right now my weekends are taken up with soccer. But that is ending soon, so I will have no excuse!

  15. Great tips. You may have just motivated me to finally tackle the mail situation.

    Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a great day for you.

  16. Love the tip about shopping at home. I’m an organizer at heart too and it amazes me when I talk to people that aren’t organized how they think they need to spend all this money to become organized so they don’t bother. Shopping at home is the best! Happy SITS Day!!!!

  17. I’m about to be off for the summer and I always organize. It is such a therapeutic thing to do. Thanks for the focus list. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  18. This reminds me that I need to organize my desk today…. Happy SITS Day!

  19. Those are wonderful tips!! You got me inspired to tackle some projects over here now!! Happy SITS day!!

  20. So helpful I just moved into a new house and organization is a big thing my husband and I need to work on! Thanks for the tips! Visiting from SITS!

  21. Setting a deadline for me to complete most anything is necessary for me. Otherwise it may never get down. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  22. I think setting a deadline is definitely crucial! We have started many a project that has drug on and on. Hope you are having a fabulous SITS day!

  23. Great tips! Happy SITS Day!

  24. Oh I love this tips, will be really useful for me since I well my life is pretty much a mess right now so thankful to find you on SITS. :)

  25. Great tips! I have a few things that I am planning to do over the summer, and this really is motivating me to tackle them!

  26. congrats on a great looking blogsite and an informative post. I am always looking for ways to organize my life. As soon as my children leave for college in 10 years, I might be able to get things under control. Of course my husband would need to go with them…nevermind! ;) Can’t wait to try your ideas. Thanks!

  27. Happy SITS Day! Love your organization tips & since I’ll be putting together a craft room in the fall, I’ll be putting your tips to good use!!

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