Have you ever gotten up on a Saturday morning ready to organize an area in your home? Only to realize it was going to take more time than you originally thought? Or, maybe you didn’t have everything you needed to finish your organizing project and in order to finish you had to go to the store to buy some things. Only to return home and no longer having the motivation to get back to the project? I think it has happened to all of us.
We are the second week into our Unlocking 5 Tips on Organizing Like a Pro series. Each week we will dive deeper into each of those 5 tips listed. The first step we need to take once we have decided where we are going to organize is making an organizing plan.
For everything you want to get organized in your life, you must start with a plan. So, today we are talking all about How to Make an Organizing Plan because when you fail to plan at organizing your space, what you are also doing to yourself is planning to fail.
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It is easy to say you need to organize your pantry. You can even go over and take everything out with no problem, but it is at that point your detailed plan needs to be in place. This is where you will need to know where you will put everything back. If there is any space left, what will you use it for. Where will the canned goods go? Or, the snacks for your children’s lunches. What about the paper plates, where will you store those in your pantry? These are all things that must be determined before moving forward with organizing.
Maybe you are wanting to organize your closet, your garage, or even a whole bedroom. Again, you can take everything out, but it is at that point you will need to know what you are going to do before you can go any further.
A great thing about planning is you can sometimes determine ahead of time whether or not something is going to work out before you take the time to try it.
Here are some questions to ask yourself while making your plan:
- Decide what you want the purpose of the space to be used for. This may be a rather obvious answer. For instance, what else would you possibly use your pantry for than to hold your kitchen supplies and food? I don’t think you would use your pantry to hold paint or toys or make up. However, a not so obvious answer would be changing an extra room in your home into a craft room or a toy room or maybe even an office.
- How can you make that area work best for you? Do you need to rearrange the way you have everything set up? Do you need to build shelves? If you are working on your pantry, would things be easier if you labeled each area so you and your family would know where to return things once they have been taken out of their spot. Could you use a printable to hang on the wall or door to show you what items need to be replaced?
- What do you need to do to make your plan a reality? Do you need to ask someone for help with the amount of work that will be involved? Do you need to buy shelves? Paint the walls?
- How long will this process take? Some areas will only take 30 mins or an hour others may take a couple hours, and others may even take a couple days. Don’t let the amount of time it will take discourage you. Organizing is a process. It didn’t take an hour of your life to get unorganized, so don’t expect it to only take an hour of your life to get organized.
Now that the basic questions are answered there are some other questions we need to ask ourselves.
- What is our budget? Before you begin on your newest adventure of organizing your space, you will need to determine how much money you want to spend. Some areas in your home won’t cost anything, you can even repurpose things from other areas in your home. Don’t let a small budget hold you back from organizing. It really doesn’t cost a lot to organize. In fact, it costs more in time and in money to not be organized.
- Do you want to change the way this space looks before you begin? Maybe you want to paint it? Maybe a really good cleaning is in order once everything is out of the space. Do things need to come out of this space to make it more functional for you? If you are using containers, what kind of containers do you want to buy? Some with lids, cute ones without lids.
- What do you need to purchase that you don’t already have at home? Now would be a great time to look around your house and gather anything that can be used for this space, once you have done that you can see what you might need to buy. Be sure to keep your receipts so you can return anything you didn’t end up needing.
Once you have made your plan and are ready to implement it, the fun begins. This is my favorite part, I love to see areas get transformed from the before into the after. It would be a great idea to take some before and after photos so you can see how far you have come. Also, the after photo is a great thing to have as reference when you need to go back and make adjustments to the area.
If you are feeling ambitious, you could even make a plan for a couple areas in your home all at once. That way when the urge strikes on a Saturday morning to get up and organize something, you will be ready with an action plan in hand and a feeling of success by the end of the day.
Another great idea would be to keep a folder of all your projects you have accomplished for the year with your before and after photos, along with your organizing plans. You can use this as a reminder at the end of the year for how far you have come.
Next week, we will be talking all about starting to organize where you are most affected. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this series so far. I always welcome your feed back.