A Girl’s Guide to Organizing like a Pro
By Renee Metzler
If your home is more reminiscent of a war zone then a place you wish to hang out with friends, if the clutter and chaos has risen like a cloud of doom, I have some really good news. You don’t have to go out and hire a professional organizer to get it together. Just attack one space at a time. Apply these three simple steps to each space, and soon you’re your cloud of doom or chaos will disappear.
Here’s your Girl’s Guide to Organizing like a Pro.
Step 1: Design your Space. First, look objectively at your space. What activities do you want to take place here? What functions can this space serve? Think outside the box. Perhaps you never dine in your dining room, but long for an art studio? The solution is obvious. To design your space, first make a list of activities that will take place in your space. Each activity will be a zone. For example, the buffet is now an art storage zone. The table is your art project zone. Next, grab some graph paper (or free printable at http://totalhomemakeover.com) and pen and decide where you will place each activity zone in that room. Sketching it out will help you develop your vision.
Step 2: Clear and Sort the Area. Now that you have a vision for your space, you will want to clear it out. Grab three bags and labels them as trash, give-away and keep. As you clear, place the items in the associated bags. Anything that doesn’t relate to your new activity zones needs a new storage location or can be given away. Next, sort your keep items into “like” piles. Paint brushes are in one pile, paints in another and canvas is on a different pile. Your area should now be cleared out.
Step 3: Containerize your keep items. Take a look at your keep piles. First, note the size of your keep piles. What size of a container do you need for each pile? Jot that down. You don’t have to go out and buy new, expensive containers. Instead, look around your home and consider repurposing old containers. Can a box hold the canvases? Can an old tool box hold your paints? Then, place your newly organized containers in the corresponding zones.
To wrap up your project, be sure to take your give-away items to your local donation center and trash the unsalvageable items. Now, the only thing left to do is invite the girls over and show off your newly organized pad. (Abbreviated from Total Home Makeover, pg. 94-97)
Author/Speaker, Renee Metzler, wants to help you get a Total Home Makeover. Go on a journey, leave chaos, and transform yourself, your family and your home to arrive at order in just 20 days. To start your Total Home Makeover, learn more, or schedule a workshop with Renee, go to http://totalhomemakeover.com.