So, you think you can’t organize? Whenever I do a workshop, I am invariably asked if you have to be born with an organizing gene. My answer to that question is no, but I do think that all of us have gifts in different areas of life, and hence, we can all learn from each other.
One of the tips that I always give my clients, workshop attendees, or anyone else who has a question about organizing is NOT to buy any containers until you see what you need. Until you know what you are going to keep after sorting and purging (this includes donating, recycling, shredding), how would you know what size container to buy? You want to make sure it is the right size, right color, and will fit into the space where you’ve assigned these items. Invariably, you will even have containers leftover after you’ve gone through the sorting and purging steps.
Do yourself and your wallet a favor. Don’t spend the time buying something that you may not need. If you do buy something and don’t use it, are you going to remember where you put the receipt? And, then, if you do find the receipt, you are going to have to spend even more time returning the item to the store. Wouldn’t you rather spend your money and time on what you really want?
Rather than buying the product first and then trying to see if it works for what you need, figure out your need first and then figure out the solution. When was the last time an inanimate object like a basket or plastic storage container organized you?
BB’s Clutter Solutions is located in Cherry Hill, NJ and serves New Jersey (north and south), Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs, and New York City. www.bb-clutter-solutions.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 856-912-0077.