The third step is to attack. Vicki listed four parts of the attacking step:
- De-Junk: get rid of the stuff you don’t use, need, or want
- Give everything a home: you’ll more likely put it away when you’re finished
- Categorize then containerize: fit the stuff to the container
- Label: label, label, label!
I talked about categorizing yesterday. Take everything out of the space that you’re working on and categorize it in a way that makes sense to you, and then get containers to fit the stuff.
I recently bought 4 or 5 clear plastic storage containers thinking I wanted to get organized. I had to fit my stuff to the container rather the container to my stuff, which has been frustrating. I should have categorized the stuff I wanted to organize and then bought containers to fit. Lesson learned.
Finally, labeling. This is my favorite part! You could buy a labeling machine which is anywhere from $10-$30 or get the sticker labels and write or type on them.
A fun idea for moms with young children is to label every drawer and cupboard to help teach your children where things go and also how to read. For non-readers, label with pictures. Having labels on drawers and cupboards makes putting things away into a game for young children. They’ll want to help if they think they’re playing a game!
To review, first analyze, then strategize, and finally attack!
[photo from thecontainerstore.com]