A Half-Hour to Getting Organized
February 04, 2011
When you walk into stores and see the huge displays of plastic tubs, do you wonder if you should buy a few and really get things organized this year? Here are a couple thoughts on getting organized:
1. You don’t have to buy anything.
2. You just have to start—with even a half-hour.
Carve out a small amount of time. Start with one closet or maybe just a kitchen drawer. (Don’t they seem to just accumulate junk like crazy?) Take everything out, and organize it into three piles: stuff to keep (goes back in the closet or drawer), stuff to give away (or sell in a garage sale), and stuff to toss (no one would want it). Even if most of the stuff stays, it’s still feels great to see a little more room in the closet or drawer, and you’ll feel inspired to try to keep it that way.
Resist the urge to buy organization products (plastic storage bins, etc.) until you know exactly what you need—how many and what sizes. Take a look around in the stores where you shop for some free boxes that might even serve the same purpose. Take a look around your library for some of the many books and online resources containing tips on getting organized.
Try getting started with one half-hour commitment, and maybe you’ll find it so rewarding that you will want to do more of them. With the snow and cold weather keeping us inside anyway, why not give it a try?
Colbern Road Branch