Look around…do you see mostly needs, luxuries or novelties? That might just help you identify the easiest place to get started!
In the world of organizers, we are called in when there is "too much stuff." One of our first priorities is to determine where the treasures are coming from, and reduce that if possible. But then...
It is time to sort!
This is the fun part (Ok, maybe not for everyone!) It is really easy to get lost in the moment and start sorting. Before that, though, I suggest taking a step back. Look around and make a list of the categories of items you see a lot of. This will give you a better idea of how to sort. For instance:
Then, as we start sorting, we start asking questions. One of my favorites is:
If I had not found/asked about/unearthed/discovered this item, would you have:
Truly take a moment to think about those categories. If you can not decide where it belongs ask yourself: What is the worst thing that could happen if you never saw this item again?
Those three categories coincide to levels of attachment. The first is something you need or have a deep sentimental attachment to, the second is a luxury item, and the third a novelty. Notice that none of these levels address the monetary value of your items. (That is for another blog post!) When we organize with clients, we are always focused on the "need" level as a priority. These are the non-negotiable items for many clients. Next, it is usually easy to separate out the level (3) novelties. The level (2) is much more difficult, and where we spend most of our time.
Space in most of the client's homes, as well as my own home for that matter, is at a premium. I wanted to share with you a simple and inexpensive solution to add some storage space.
Solution: You to go UP!
What does that mean? Use the vertical space to get things organized…
Add shelves to gain square footage. This sample budget project works best for a place that does not have to look pretty, although for only a few more dollars, you can get shelves that are finished and beautiful. I used some shelving seconds from Menards. (The are found near the shelving brackets.) Most of them are scratched and dented, some worse than others, but for this purpose…WHO CARES! This in an unfinished basement space near the washer and dryer.
Each of the shelves is 4 feet long and 12 inches deep. So that is like adding 12 square feet of storage!
The total cost of the project:
First steps on a journey to make changes in life can be difficult, but sometimes the result is more wonderful and rewarding than expected. I am feel so excited and proud of the work they completed this morning!
Recently, it seems as though every time I turn around, someone I know is getting recognized in the community for their hard work. That got me thinking a lot about what I want and where I want to go. It is inspiring to see women all around me making a difference and getting things done. The excitement is contagious!
Now, for a brief moment, think about who you surround yourself with:
I truly feel that my strides the I have made over the past three years are attributed to the effort I have put in to find people who bring out the best in me.
Are you surrounded by people who bring out your best? If the answer is no, that might just be a piece of what is holding you back from greatness...
If they do not bring out your best,
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