by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
Where to start organizing is probably the most commonly asked question we get here at Organizing Maniacs. It’s as if clients are unable to see anything but the whole overwhelming project…and finding a place to jump in and get started is intimidating.
But here’s the secret to organizing: you just have to take one little step to feel better. One little step can mean more happiness and less stress. One little step can be motivation to take the next step.
Try it. You can do it right now if you want. Organize one drawer. That’s it. Just pick one drawer (it doesn’t even have to be the junk drawer or the messiest drawer you have). Go through everything you keep in that drawer. Sort what is in the drawer into piles:
- “This belongs somewhere else.”
- Throw away
Take the things from the drawer that belong somewhere else and put them away. Put the donations in a bin (something you can sit aside for another day). Put the trash in the garbage can. Take a look at what’s left. Do you need to go through the sorting again? Once you have in front of you only what you truly want and need, only what belongs in that drawer, put it back in the drawer. Fold clothes, put office supplies in little containers, or just lay the items back into the drawer.
Think about how satisfying just organizing that one tiny space was. Think about how great you’ll feel every time you go to that drawer and you can find what you need. Think about the people who will benefit from the things that were in that drawer that you are going to donate.
One Step at a Time
In anything we do – organizing, decluttering, setting goals, building a business, getting healthier – we won’t be as successful if we look at our starting point, imagine our end point and skip all the steps it takes to get from here to there. It’s those little steps between where we are and where we want to be that make all the difference.
Organizing a house or a garage or an office or a filing system can be overwhelming. It can be exhausting. But the next time you think it’s an impossibility, think about one drawer.
We can help you take that first step, and we will help you get from here to where you want to be. Just give us a call. Looking for a little extra motivation and inspiration? Join our 30-day Organizing Challenge on Facebook.