Saturday, January 1, 2011

Tips for a Pretty Organized 2011

I am not sure why January is reorganize month, but every year I get this crazy itch somewhere around Boxing Day.  I just can't wait to get the new gifts put away, take Christmas down, maybe a little rearrange here, little redecorate there?

If you feel the same way, then choose a small area, and try out these three tips.

We all have things we don't need or use, so start by removing all the items in your chosen area that you no longer want.  Some of us are better at this than others, so if you find this a challenge, try having a friend over who can help you be firm.  Another trick you might try is to have a "holding box".  When I come across an item that I am pretty sure I need to purge...but can't quite bring myself to get rid of yet, I put it in a box and store it.  If after a few months I have not missed it, then I find it easier at that time to pass it on.  

2.  SORT
Sort all the items in the area you are organizing into groups.  Put like items into boxes, baskets or whatever containers best fit your space.  A dollar store is a great place to find inexpensive containers for smaller areas.   Once you have all your items put away in their spots, label containers if appropriate.  Don't forget that a miscellaneous box is always useful for those odd items that just don't fit anywhere else.

Now practice keeping "everything in it's place".   Give yourself a week or so to practice keeping your newly sorted area...sorted.  Show family members the new system.  Get everyone involved in keeping the area organized by always putting items back in their spots.  If you find something isn't working, make adjustments.  Once you have one area mastered, move on to another and repeat the process.

Purge ~ Sort ~ Practice



  1. Great tips and I love the angels! :)


  2. Yes, great tips for sure. I have been more organized and taking time to purge lately and it feels great! Still a ways to go though... :)

  3. I definitely have the itch, and am in the middle of purging...but it seems that "practice" is the missing link...! ;) I can definitely see how labeling will increase my odds at success...thanks for the tips! (I'm excited about your new blog, and look forward to getting my space in order this year...hopefully with a few more helpful tips on their way..?!)