1. Start in one place
Don't panic! If you have more than one area you are looking to organize. Start by evaluating the spaces; Does one area give you more of a headache then the other? Do you spend more time in one room than the other? WIll your guests see this area easily? Pick the priority and stick to it. Once you've completed the area, be excited! Then move onto your next space.
2. Take your time
Don't expect organizing your space to happen overnight. Schedule time during the day to focus on your space and take it slow!
3. Clean your space out
...Or what I like to call, PURGING! Divide your items up, for example, it can be as simple as "Keep and Donate/Trash" sections. Use the two thumb rule- if you haven't used or worn it in two years then it's time to say goodbye. By removing unused or unwanted item you are freeing up valuable space.
9. Organize with color
Color coding is the best way to organize a playroom, family space or home office. You can assign each child a different colored container to keep his or her belongings in and keep them responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Organize projects, bills and other important papers by function and color in your home office.
The three rules to organization are visibility, accessibility and flexibility. Choose containers that are either transparent or that you can label to help identify the contents quickly and save time.
11. Accessibility & flexibility
Place the items you don't need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another area. Use a storage system that can adapt with changes you may need. Being able to reconfigure and reuse systems is incredibly valuable.
4. Assess your inventory
After you've removed items, assess what is left. Does it belong here? Does it make sense to keep it here? Is there another place where you've got more room to keep it, or another area where it would be more easily accessible for its purpose?
5. Look for wasted space
If you find you are still running out of storage space, try looking for new ways to store your items, such as, under the bed or over the doors. There areas are often overlooked when looking for storage space.
6. Maximize & divide vertical space
If you have little space to work with, take advance of vertical space! Shelves are your friend! Store items less used on the higher shelves and work your way down with more commonly used items. Use containers to stack. When you divide the space it keeps you from stacking tall piles and papers that will fall over.
8. Try some wheels
Consider storage options on wheels: Carts hold an assortment of accessories in a small amount of space and can be wheeled back into a closet or storage area when you're not using them.
*Tips inspired by The Container Store
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