Organizing Tip #5: Attack

by Kelsey Norwood

in 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]

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1 Katherine November 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

This is a GREAT idea. I never thought of it. My 4 year old already knows which drawers to put things in, but labeling it, would help her recognize the words. I love it. I have already labeled things in my house, like Light, chair, and table, but I never thought of this. Thanks,

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