Home Organizing: Getting Started

Dream big. Think small. Set realistic goals. Feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the project at hand is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to getting started at all when it comes to organizing a home.

A general sweep through the house to gather up any items that are easily identified as disposable starts things moving in the right direction. Send them off to a charity, trash can or recycling center as soon as possible. Determination thrives on positive reinforcement.

Once that is done, jot down a few things that you want to get accomplished on a given day like some cabinets, shelves or drawers. The list is just a guide to keep you somewhat on track.

Start with the list and follow the path where it leads. During the sorting and purging process, there will be things that are not in a logical place. Find a proper home for them and organize those designated areas.

There is no point in jamming something into a spot that is already bursting at the seams. Stirring the pot by just moving things from room to room will get you exactly nowhere. However, if a complicated place like the attic or basement is involved, it is okay to leave that for another day when you are able to focus on just that area.

Return to the checklist and continue on to another item. Keep adding to and moving down the list. Before long, you will begin to see real progress. A sense of satisfaction will keep your momentum going.

By thinking small, you can overcome the hurdle of feeling the situation is hopeless and actually jump-start yourself into action. Action leads to accomplishing big things. As Martin Luther King Jr once said, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

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