I’m sure by now a lot of people are feeling antsy, stressed out and wondering how and when will we go back to work and back to our normal lives. Will we go back to the way things were? If not, what will the changes look like, feel like, be like? I’m guessing handshaking will be a thing of the past but will we continue to wear masks and gloves? If so, for how long? There are so many questions and nobody really has the answers yet. Hopefully, it won’t be much longer before we all find out.
At this point in time, all over the world, people are looking for things to do to keep busy while we’re social distancing and isolating at home. A large percentage of articles that I’m reading now suggest some form of organization as part of the recommended “To Do” list both personally and professionally, while we have the time.
It also just happens to be time for Spring Cleaning, as well. So you might as well do something, anything, to get organized or better organized, as the case may be. It’s the perfect time to check that off your list!
Here are some basic rules of thumb that will help you when you decide to get organized:
1. Before you start, make sure to have all of your supplies ready. Make sure to have a trash can nearby and a box for donations. While there are so many great organizing products on the market, I like to at least try to use items that I already have. For example, you can use a Lazy-Susan to make it easier to reach items stored under the sink. Use baskets for larger items. Small boxes or Tupperware containers are great for containing small things. Of course, bins are always a good option as well but, if you do need to buy them, make sure they’re clear so you can see the contents.
2. The first step is always to empty everything out completely. Yes, completely. Everything out! This is important as it allows you to see everything. It also provides the opportunity to wipe it down.
3. Now go through everything and purge! Toss out all true trash: anything that is ripped, soiled stained, expired, missing a piece. Of course, anything that you no longer need or use can be donated, if it’s in good enough condition.
4. The next step is to sort everything into categories. Keep like items together. All lotions together, all hair products together, all grooming supplies together, paper clips, Post-it notes. You get the idea.
5. Utilize your organizing supplies (bins, small boxes, baskets, etc.) to contain the items that are similar.
6. Let the fun begin: The fun part, at least for me, is putting everything back in an organized way. Make sure the things you use the most are accessible. The other, less used items, can go up higher or perhaps somewhere else. Things should be organized in a way that makes sense to you. Everyone has a different way, so do what works for you.
7. Wherever possible, label the bins or other containers so that staying organized is easy for you and anyone else in the house. Most people use labels for words, however, consider using photos for the little ones so they can help maintain the systems you put in place.
No matter what happens there will always be things that need to be cleaned out, cleaned up and put in their place. Organizing is universal. It’s something that all of us will do at one point or another in our lives, for one reason or another. It can also give us feelings of comfort and control when the world seems like it’s spinning out of control.