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Monday, October 1, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 1 (Making a List)

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Welcome to Day One of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing ideas that I've found around the web that I love and that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Let's get this party started!  Today's tip is about planning your organizing projects.  If you have a lot of areas in your house that need to be organized, start by making a list of all of them.  Now, if you're like me, and you have a lot of projects you want to do, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.  But the purpose of this list is not to overwhelm you further!  The goal is to help you decide which projects are the most important and which ones can wait.  That way you can get started organizing the projects that are most necessary, which will eliminate some of the overwhelming feelings.  And as you start getting more organized in some areas of your life it will motivate you and energize you to take on some of the others on your list.

Jen at I Heart Organizing has a great printable for you to help with this.  Jen's blog was the first organizing blog I started reading and she inspired me to start this blog.  So I thought it was appropriate to start off this series with one of her tips!

In this post, Jen shares how she uses her list(s) to help her get organized (please pin from the original source).  I can't believe someone with as organized a house as hers needs a list like this, but it just goes to show you that organizing is an ongoing process, even in the most organized of homes!  Our needs are constantly changing and so our organizing systems must change too.  Thanks Jen for sharing this list and for inspiring me to start this blog!

For Day One, print out this list (or make your own) and go through your house, listing all the organizing projects you'd like to tackle.  Then pick a few that are the most important to start with.

Tomorrow I'll be looking at how to analyze what works and what doesn't work with your current system so you can create a plan for your organizing project(s).  Then, as the series progresses, I'll be sharing tips for various organizing challenges.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

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 Have you used a list like this before?  How did it work for you?   What is the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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  1. Best tip - Don't think about it, just start doing.

    If you have 10 spare minutes while you're waiting for something...use the time to (start) organize or sort something. Even if you won't finish it, just start.

    1. That's a great tip Helen! So many times we think we need to wait until we have "time" to organize something but a few minutes can make a huge difference! Thanks for sharing your tip :)

  2. I'm going to use this printable. I make lists like this, but typically just for the weekends, to remind me what I intended to do. Once the weekend is over, I forget my goals and have to make a new list the following weekend. I'm going to print this out and make a sort of master list that I can keep adding to and cross off as we accomplish things. I also agree with Helen, if you have 10 minutes, just do a little something. I love doing that, so little time and I feel so accomplished. Thanks!

    1. I love lists too Jibberblog. It's great to help remember what you want/need to do so things don't fall through the cracks and then it's a wonderful feeling to cross things off that you complete. Glad this list will be useful for you!

  3. Hi Hilda! Glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I think I'll be a regular visitor :-) Something about Helen's October 2 2012 comment resonates. Since I now face the daunting task of three major home areas that desperately need organizing, I'm thinking more along the lines of listing tasks, not by order of importance, but going from easy to hard--just to break out of the rut, kickstart the process, and gain enough momentum from the relatively easy and quick tasks, to work on the next and the next... Hope this helps your other readers who might have the same feeling as I (e.g., how to eat the elephant sort of thing)... :-)

    1. Thanks for following Mila! That eating an elephant one bite at a time idea is definitely true for tackling organizing projects. Let me know how it worked/works for you! Good luck organizing your home!


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