Here it is…. the principle that will round out the basics you need to start getting things organized in your home. What a great way to stat out the week right? Okay here it is:
Organizing Principle #3: “Keep it Simple.” That’s it, don’t try to organize your whole home at once, only one room at a time. Do not try to tackle more than one organizing project at a time. Along those “simple” lines, as you are tackling that one project, stay focused on the single task at hand. Example: if you are clearing out a room, stay focused on getting it cleared out (don’t sit and reminisce over fond memories you are finding as you sort, really not the time!) and give yourself a time to start and a time to finish (this can help you stay focused). Although it seems this one could go without saying, I have come to realize that it is important to clarify this principle early in the stages of organizing, otherwise you may become too easily distracted with the grandiose plans you have for getting your home in order. So, “Keep it simple,” you can make a list of rooms you want to organize, but don’t start them all at once, only one at a time. Make a simple prioritized list with the most important room to get organized at the top and so on (my opinion: start with the kitchen).
Later this week I will be posting the steps I follow in getting rooms/areas organized (so you can see how simple it can be when you stay focused on one step at a time) but in honor of the very clear message of this last principle that is all I am going to say about this one. Hope this gives you a little sigh of relief from the possible freaking out you may have experienced over Principles #1 and #2 this weekend! Keeping it Simple, one step at a time really does make the first two principles much (or at least a little) less daunting, yes?