Spring is in the air, and with warmer temps we often get the urge to purge. Here are some simple, common sense ways to organize your space so you can enjoy what matters most.
- Set goals, write them down and share with those around you – it’ll keep you motivated and accountable. Some examples of goals: save time, reduce stress, save money, host a dinner party!
- Decide where to start and just dive in. Pick a place that has the greatest impact on your everyday life, such as where you spend the most time or what causes you the most stress. Is your dinner table covered with papers? Are boxes in the attic stacked to the ceiling? Start there.
- Use the right tools for the job. Gather garbage bags for trash and donations, sticky notes and markers for labeling items that will stay or go, a notepad for action items, plastic totes for storage and moving items.
- Use the right organizational systems for you. A system is only helpful if it makes sense to you, makes sense to others who will need to use it and is maintainable. Function over form is key.
- Discover hidden storage. People complain they don’t have enough storage space, but they’re usually not using the space they have wisely. Often, the most under- utilized space (i.e., wasted space) in the home is vertical wall space in attics, garages and basements. Take advantage of your wall space with wall mounted paper sorters, shelving, and containers.
- Make some rules you can live by. If you don’t need it, don’t use it, or don’t love it, let it go. Live by a one-in, one-out policy—letting something old go before something new can come in. And set (and stick to) deadlines – if something isn’t worn or used or read in a year, it has to go.
- Keep it up. To maintain change, our work is never done. Continue to work with your systems daily, weekly, monthly, and remind yourself why you want to be organized. Take a step back and celebrate how you’ve made room in your life for what’s most important.
Spring is an ideal time to tackle attics, garages and outbuildings – not too cold, not too warm! Find more helpful tips for getting organized this spring at AtticMaxx.com.
New publication from Better Homes & Gardens offers practical tips guaranteed to help anyone organize their space
Better Homes & Gardens new special “Storage” publication is out! And it’s packed with what you need to make 2014 your most organized year yet. AtticMaxx shelves are featured among a variety of cool and clever buyables in a section called, “Products: What to buy”. So don’t put off getting organized because you don’t know where to start. Pick up an issue this weekend at newsstands, booksellers, discount chains, and home centers nationwide, and get the tips you need to dive right into those organizing projects. Decide to spend less time stressing about your space and more time living in it!