Are you feeling lost, like you don’t quite know where to start when it comes to “getting it together and keeping it together.” Do you ask yourself, “where do I begin?” Do you feel like day after day is just another failed attempt to move forward in your quest to getting organized?
Well, I want to help you. Not because I am better at organizing, believe me, there are areas in my house at this very minute calling my name for some attention. But before I start on my areas, I want to give you a nudge. A nudge that will help you feel as though you were able to accomplish something and that today wasn’t a wasted day. So together, let’s take The first step to getting organized.
The question I get most about organizing is, “where do I start?” or “I don’t know where to begin.” My answer, start small. When you start small, you are setting a goal that is obtainable. Do not go out and start on a closet! All you are doing is setting yourself up for failure, and that isn’t what we are trying to do here. So, start small.
Tell yourself you will go through one drawer. I promise you, after you have gone through that drawer, you will open it about fifty times before the day ends, finding different reasons to go in the drawer.
After you have done one drawer, move on to another. Then, another. Before you know it, you won’t have any drawers left and you will have to move up to a cabinet. Please don’t go from a drawer to a whole room, we aren’t there yet, but we will be.
So, I tell you to start on a drawer, but haven’t told you what to do. If you are anything like me I need step by step instructions. Let me see if I can help you with that…
Steps to organize your drawers
1) Pick a drawer you know needs some attention.
2) Now, you can either dump everything out in the middle or you can take one thing out at a time. Regardless of the way you choose, when you touch an object put it in a pile. You want to get all like things together. For example, all your pens should be in one pile, all your paper clips in one pile, etc. And, you also want a trash pile. So, now we have piles upon piles of stuff laying about. Now what…
3) Wipe out your drawer
4) This is the fun part… deciding what you want to use to help keep your drawer organized. You will NOT throw the stuff back in there the way it was. If you feel the need to think about it for a couple days, get out some small containers and assign each container a pile.
Just in case you aren’t sure which drawer organizers would work best in your drawer, here are some examples. I use this drawer organizer in our bathroom and I love it. I love that it is expandable and it also helps that it is pretty. Some other options would include these drawer organizers. I love how they meet your needs per drawer by being interlocking.
Even another option for organizing your drawers that I have found to be useful would be making your own. We made our own kitchen drawer organizers because we were having a difficult time finding anything the right size. If you are interested in making your own, you can find a detailed tutorial on creating your own drawer dividers here. Once you have acquired a pretty, yet functional piece for your drawer then…
5) You have another choice to make, do you want to label each section or leave it as it is? Just a side note, if you have kids who frequent that drawer, label it and teach them what it means to put things back where they go. If it is a drawer that doesn’t get frequently used, then don’t.
6) Stand back and smile! You did it! Your first task at becoming better organized.
I know a drawer seems so small, but once you start there you will feel as though you can take on bigger challenges. Are you up for it? Leave a comment and tell me what your biggest challenge about organizing is. Is it the beginning or do you struggle with finishing?
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