Getting Organized: Step 1 - Declutter!

by Lisa Woodruff

Jan 6, 2017 | Episode 144 | 58:20

The term "getting organized" means different things to different people. Over the last 5 years of working with clients in their homes and online, I have distilled "getting organized" into 3 distinct phases or steps.

Organization Flow

Step 1 - Decluttering

Step 2 - Organizing

Step 3 - Increasing Productivity

Each step has its own goals and strategies for success. In this series, I will be describing each step from beginning to end and giving you actionable strategies to "get organized."

These steps are progressive and need to be done in order in each area you want to tackle in your home and in your life. In the podcast, I will be sharing what it looks like to do each step in the following areas: your primary closet, your kitchen, your schedule, and your daily actionable papers.

3 Stages of Organization

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I used to see decluttering and organizing as one step because I usually do them simultaneously. However, each does have its own unique focus and objective. Decluttering always comes first.

Once you decide what area you are going to "organize," the first step is to declutter.

Decluttering means to remove what you do not want or need in a space.

Some obvious things to declutter are: food, trash, or broken objects.

Then it gets harder. One man's trash is another man's treasure, right? So how do you decide what should go and what should stay? The key here is to FOCUS on what can GO, not how to organize what you want to keep.

There are no right or wrong answers here.

The more overwhelmed you are and the longer you have felt unorganized, the more you need to declutter. We just save TOO much! The idea of living with less is weird.

It feels odd and hard to give away perfectly good items you paid for. But the freedom of living with less is just that... freedom.

How much less?

In my experience, you can declutter 20-50% at one time. We are not going for perfect here.

Done is Better IG

Progress over perfection.

To be MOST effective, move items to be sorted to a NEW location. You will get rid of more when your items are not in their usual homes.

5 Steps to Decluttering

  1. Eliminate all trash, food, and broken items.
  2. Sell or consign anything of value you want to sell.
  3. Bag up any donateable items and deliver them to the donation center {including consignment items they wouldn't take}.
  4. Collect everything that goes in another room and locate it in that room.
  5. Make a list of any spaces that need organizers or items that need to be replaced.

Decluttering feels good, but not finished. Step 2 of organizing needs to follow quickly to bring order into your newly emptied space.

Listen to the podcast to hear about how I declutter the primary closet, kitchen, schedules, and daily actionable papers, and 2 times when I focus on decluttering the WHOLE house before I start any organizing.

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