I know the title sounds grandiose, but I do believe that this advice is fundamental to getting and staying organized. The ability to do the latter is often overlooked.
If I gave you a bunch of yellow and red plastic knives, forks, and spoons, how would you organize them?
- All of the knives together; all of the forks together; all of the spoons together
- All of the yellow knives, forks, and spoons together, and all of the red knives, forks, and spoons together.
- In sets of three – 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 spoon.
Do you organize your socks by color, or by function – sport, dress, etc.?
Do you file your transportation documents under Auto, Vehicle, Car, or manufacturer – Ford, Jeep, etc.?
Is your health insurance under Medical, Health, or Insurance?
Right or Wrong?
No matter how you organize your belongings, you’re right. There is no wrong way to organize. As long as your system works for you, you’ve succeeded.
The key is to set up systems based on your preferences and processing style.
Before you begin an organizing project spend a few minutes thinking about what will help you find things. After all, that’s the main reason we organize.
If your pantry looks like a Pinterest photo when you’re done, but you can’t find the tomato soup quickly, it’s not useful, and it will take extra time to maintain.
Systems need to be balanced with ease of use and aesthetics, or they will flop.
In order for any system to be helpful it needs to be
- Fast and easy to find and replace things
Remember, it’s all about what works for you.
On another note — I think this under the bed shoe organizer is great and could be used for other things, too — Under Bed Shoe Organizer
I hope you are enjoying the smell of the Spring blooming trees, lilacs, and lilies of the valley as much as I!
Let me know if you need a hand setting up some systems to keep you organized.