3) The Placing Stage – the end goal in this stage is to be enjoying sitting in your newly organized space! This is the stage when everything you have now sorted through and planned out comes back into the room in a whole new fashion, which you have planned out in the prior planning stage. Below are just a few tips to keep in mind when placing your items in their newly designated areas in your now fabulous new space:
- Be practical about where you put items away. Put things away in a way that makes sense to you, so when you are using the space in the future you can easily remember where things are and where to put them back when you’re done.
- Group things in relation to how much you use them. For example: Linen Closets – bed sheets can be placed higher than everyday bath towels; Office Space – keep pens handy (obviously) but the extra folders, paper, labels, etc. can be stored in a lower drawer or higher shelf. Hope that helps give you an idea of what type of things you want to store and where. Everyone will be a little different with how often they use certain items but the general idea always applies.
- Group things according to their purposes. This seems totally obvious but I’m just gonna throw it out here to clarify. So…toys stay with toys; games with games; office supplies with office supplies; tools with tools; cleaning stuff with cleaning stuff. Example: Don’t mix dvd’s and games, give them each their own bin/basket/shelf (it’s okay to have them on the same shelf if you need to for space but still designate separate bins for the like items). Remember: designate a place for everything. This means don’t try to just stuff things in together just to save space, this is how stuff gets cluttered in the first place!
- Make it as easy as you can to see what you have. Simple rule of thumb: you will generally not use what you can’t see. This is how we end up with so much unnecessary junk in the back of our closets, cabinets, etc. Keep everything visible or if not stored in a clear bin, label it so you know what is in it. Don’t store things to deep, you do not have to fill every last inch of storage space, it is okay to have open unused space in cabinets, closets, etc.
My husband loves to play board games. So, quite often when we have guests I know they will most likely be shown our game cabinet, helped motivate me to organize it this way. Anyway, I included this picture of the game cabinet in our home to point out a couple of the tips listed above. One: to show it only has games, not a lot of other stuff mixed in with it. Two: notice…you can see every game, no lost causes in here! Three: to show how there can still be a little bit of open space (the very top shelf) and that’s okay. Now, as I am continually reorganizing our space (it’s just too much fun) this shelf may eventually be filled but for now this makes the most sense for us. One last thing, because I can barely reach that top shelf, I keep stuff in labeled bowls or bins so I can easily know whats up there. Plus, I can reach the bin to bring it all down, much easier than if it were just a bunch of small random items hiding up there in the back.
Okay you have now completed your course in “The Basics of the Organizing Process.” So exciting! Don’t overwhelm yourself. Keep it Simple. Stay focused. Only one room at a time. You can do it!