Organizing like a pro while you’re still a novice

I don’t like organizing. There I said it. It just isn’t a lot of fun. Now I love things to BE organized, I just don’t really enjoy the doing of it. It’s always been a job that leaves me feeling a bit overwhelmed! So earlier this year, I had a pro organizer to come out and help me get organized, especially now that I’m crafting full time! I learned so much that I just wanted to share, in case there are others out there like me that just have no idea where to start! So here it is…

 

Organizing tips I learned from a pro

Take a hard look at all those unfinished projects.

If there’s a project that you’ve been meaning to do, really evaluate the reality of it really getting completed before you keep the supplies. I mean, how many years can really keep all those old scrapbook supplies before you realize you have a much better chance of making an online photo book, and the stickers are so old the adhesive has dried up! It’s time to face it. If you haven’t done it by now, chances are, you never will. Free up space and the mental energy that unfinished project is taking up. 

Don’t keep anything because of who gave it to you or because someone else thinks it’s sentimental.

Now I know this is a hard one, and listen, I get it. I lost my husband a few years ago and it’s been hard to let some things go. Now I’m not talking things like wedding rings. But seriously do you really need every stuffed animal your grandmother ever gave you? That broken bowl from Aunt Suzie’s house and all your late husband’s socks? Even if other family members or friends try to convince you that you should keep it because it belonged to someone you all loved, that doesn’t mean you should. Perhaps if it’s that meaningful to them, they would like to have it. Be selective of the things you keep around that remind you of that special relationship, vacation or summer on the beach, and then let the rest go.

Everything needs its own place.

It seems so elementary, but it’s game changing! Subdivide big drawers with little bins, and label everything. It feels amazing to know right where to put something.

Less really is more!

Yes, I know it’s so cliche! But seriously! It feels so much better to have fewer things that you truly love that are organized than to have more things in chaos. So, so much better. It’s like a breath of fresh air.

Here are some pics from my recent project!

This is my garage BEFORE we started!

And these are the AFTER pictures of the garage. (Just ignore the signs drying on the floor, I was working on a project!)

Look at all that beautiful trash freeing up my mind and shelves!

I’m almost afraid to use anything… I don’t want to mess it up!

Orderly and functional, just like it should be!

And here’s my craft room after we finished!

So much pretty ribbon that I can now FIND!

 

Isn’t that amazing? So, what are you struggling to organize? What are your organizing hacks? I’m always ready to learn more! Comment below!

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