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.
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