Get Organized! Step 5: ATTACK

by Kelsey Norwood

in Home,Making Over

Organizing Tip #1: Plan
Organizing Tip #2: Sort
Organizing Tip #3: Strategize
Organizing Tip #4: Analyze

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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]

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chelsea the Yarngeek January 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

I love my little Brother P-Touch label maker. All of my craft boxes that have been organized have large font, easily readable labels.

My friend who has small children of varying ages did a wonderful thing with their toys. Every bin had a label that had a picture of the toy type and then the word written out. This allowed the four and five year old children to practice their reading skills and the 2 year old to know by sight what toys went where. And it made toy clean-up for their babysitter (me) very easy.

2 Deborah January 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Excellent tip about getting a container to fit you needs. I think we have a Dyno label maker somewhere. Now if I can only find it.

3 Donnetta D. January 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

The picture idea on bins is great. My four year old can do simple words but my 22 month old like to help also. Pictures are better for him. They really do like sorting!

4 brandy January 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

I am going to do this today. I have to go through old clothes I have had before I had either of my dd’s (yes they are still hanging in the closet) and finally realize i’m never going to fit in them again and get rid of them… and getting rid of them means put them in the garage sale pile.

5 Nic-e Hemsley January 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I think these are some great tips! I love to organize and the labeling idea was my favorite.

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