organize your spaceI recently worked with a client, let’s call her Chrissy.  She had just sent her last child off to college and wanted to get her kids’ closets organized.

Visually, her home could be on the cover of Architectural Digest, but, everyone has a closet or a room we have not organized or even looked in for years. That was the case here.

Step One: Pull Everything Out of the Space You’re Organizing

I always believe that the first step in organizing any space is to pull everything out of the space being organized.

I know what you are thinking – “That’s going to create a huge mess, and I can see everything that’s in the closet.”  After doing this for so many years, however, I know that once you start pulling everything out, you discover a lot more than what you thought you could see.  It is always a surprise to our clients when they see all of the things we find in the back of the closet or at the back of a high shelf.

Pulling everything out of the space not only lets you see the stuff that could not be seen but to discover forgotten items.  Chrissy was surprised by the amount of stuff stored in one closet.  Honestly, I have been organizing clients for nine years, and I am still surprised at how deceptive closet spaces can be until I pull everything out.

Step Two: Make Decisions about What to Keep

The second step we take when organizing is to make decisions. This is the step where working with a professional organizer can be extremely helpful.  We guide our clients when they aren’t sure about discarding something by asking questions and helping them through the decision-making process of what to keep and what to discard.

Step Three: Recycle, Donate, and Dispose

The third step is to recycle and donate all of the items that are no longer wanted.  If you don’t know where to start with donating and recycling, check out our resource list.

Step Four: Reorganize the Space with the Remaining Items

The fourth step I took with Chrissy was to organize the “keep” items back into the closet.

Thanks to our efforts, Chrissy’s closet is now mostly empty and ready to store some new useful items, like shoes!