Organize Any Space in Three Easy Steps
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Getting started can most often be the hardest part of the process. Whether it's one drawer or an entire room, the process should remain the same. By following these three easy steps, you'll find the process to go faster and be less overwhelming.
Step 1: Remove Everything...I mean EVERYTHING
This step is crucial. By removing everything, you are more easily able to visualize how you would like the space to look. Try to envision your dream space and think about what things weren't working previously. Come up with a plan.
By removing all of the clutter, it allows you to be creative and come up with more ideas on how you could better utilize and organize the space. Draw inspiration from sources like magazines, Pinterest and Instagram and try to replicate what inspires you. The goal is to create a space you love after all!
Step 2: Edit and Sort
Probably the most important step in the process is editing and sorting each item. This can also be the most difficult step for some. This is where some of the KonMari mindset comes into play. Do you actually like the item? Do you use it? Does it "spark joy". On of my favorite quotes by Marie Kondo is "when we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.". Be honest with yourself and remove things you don't actually want or need. When you have less things, you actually feel lighter.
As you edit, sort everything into categories.
Toys: trucks, dolls, blocks etc.
Closets: tops, sweaters, shorts, pants etc.
Pantry: snacks, pasta, baking, cans etc.
This will help you understand how many bins. containers etc. you might need to organize the space efficiently. It also gives you a great visual on what you really have.
Step 3: A place for everything, everything in it's place.
Now it's time to put everything back in a functional and organized manner. Take your time with this step. Think about how you actually use the space. Move things around until it feels right for you.
Use labels to clearly designate what goes where. (Pro Tip: label last once everything is in its final destination) Take it a step further and create visual interest by sorting each category by size or color.
Follow these simple steps and you should be ready to tackle any space. Remember to remove everything and come up with a plan. Keep it simple. Sometimes the less you have, the lighter you feel. As you edit, sort items into categories. Lastly, give everything a well thought out place that feels right and functions for you.