You’ve seen my messy house during a project and you have thought through where you will be staging your donations and sell-able items.
Today, I want to share with you some basic sorting and purging tips.
First, label your boxes or baskets. This will help you sort with a friend, or remember your sorting piles if you get overwhelmed. It is also super helpful if you sort and purge your area in more than one session!
You can label the boxes with tape and paper (don’t get excited and use your label-makers yet, ladies!)…so that you can change the purpose of those boxes as your needs change.
I know I mentioned Monday that I prefer to use laundry baskets when organizing. And I DO in my own home. When I organize for someone else I often use banker’s boxes.
I like banker’s boxes because they are inexpensive, collapsible, stackable, have handles and can be written on.
Second to my boxes or baskets, I use colored trash bags. Just black and white is good enough. I hang the bags on the front and back of the nearest door handle.
One color is for donations the other for trash.
So, your boxes and baskets are NOT for donations or trash. They are for items that need to go to another room in the house, to be stored or just to SORT.
Before we can “organize” a space we need to know how much “stuff” we have in each category. At this job we were sorting all the client’s “jobs” into boxes.
All of her jobs related to music, but could be categorized by job: Kindermusic, church music, classroom teaching, piano lessons…
At the end of a session, all the boxes stacked nicely until the next session a week later.
Once the boxes were sorted, we used an armoire and filing cabinet I had seen in her basement. It was PERFECT for her back hall “office.” We actually left the “jobs” in the boxes, since the items had to go to the jobs anyway!
BUT until the “stuff” is sorted, you don’t know what organizing system you need.
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Do you have your baskets and boxes? Next week, we are tackling the laundry room!