(KUTV) It's time again to Get Organized with Fresh Living: Get Past the Point of Overwhelmed.
Professional Organizer Ruth Hadlock from Stremlined Space helps you figure out where to start.
PARALYZED! My clients tell me it's often overwhelming when they decide they are going to finally organize a junk room/craft room/etc. They are inspired and ready for action but as soon as they walk into that room and look around at all the clutter they are paralyzed - they don't know where to start and what to do! I'm a certified professional organizer in the Clear & Simple method and the first step in their copyrighted STACKS system which takes you through the entire organizing process step by step from beginning to end is S - "Sort".
Set up for the SORT. Put together 15-20 bankers boxes. You can buy them at Office Depot or Costco. These are great because once you're done with this project, you fold up the bankers boxes until you're ready to use them for your next organizing project.
The goal of SORT is to sort into categories. As you pick up an item, ask "What is it?" and put it in a bankers box with a post it label.
The benefit of using boxes is you can freeze the process in time. How many of you have tried to organize an area, run out of time, friends are coming over, so you shove it into a closet and shut the door essentially wrecking any organization you just tried to implement!? This way, when you run out of time, simply stack the boxes against a wall and when you have time another day, you can easily pick up where you left off.
The key is to focus only on sorting. You're not jumping ahead to "Am I going to keep it? " Where will I put it?" "Does it need a container?". Those are later steps. Just sort until the room is completely categorized.
Does this take time? YES! But how long has this room of yours been the way it looks now? I promise this method pays off if you follow the system. You will feel the progress!
VIEWER HOMEWORK: Choose a room in your house to sort. Go to the resource section of my website, where you can download the Clear & Simple step by step card for free. Next time, I'll share the 2nd step "Toss" with you.