6 Tips for Tackling the Organizing Process.
There’s no doubt that organizing is all the rage right now, but did you know that it’s more than just the latest “it” thing to do? As we found out in Organizing for Your Health and Wellbeing, Part I, it’s not only good for your state of mind, it’s important for your overall health too. As we know, what affects one, affects the other.
Jenna Fischer with The Arranged Abode has already shared why getting and staying organized is good for our health as well as some budget-friendly tips to help get us started. If you missed that part, be sure and check out her valuable advice. Next though, is figuring out how to tackle the organizing process. Fortunately, Jenna’s here to guide us again and to help us make our organizing dream a reality while potentially helping to tame those stress hormones in the process.
With the popularity of Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” concepts right now, you may be thinking that you have to follow her method to a “T,” or that a friend’s system of organizing is what you’re supposed to do. Maybe or maybe not. Jenna says that every family is different, and it’s never one size fits all. “There are some people who are super aesthetically on point, meaning everything needs to look exactly the same. And then there are other people who just want very broad categories as far as how things are displayed.” The key is figuring out what works best for you and what the best way is to get there. We’ve already heard from Jenna on where to start. Now she gives us her top six tips for tackling the organizing process.
- Compartmentalize by room. Jenna’s system of organizing is based on the idea that each room and possibly closets and specific spaces within rooms are their own projects. Kitchens and garages are two separate things, so many people may find it easier to tackle them as such. Organizing a kitchen requires a completely different mindset and different amounts of time than organizing a garage, and organizing a garage is very different than organizing a bedroom. Even when it comes to a master bedroom, that may be something entirely separate from organizing a master closet, depending on how much stuff is being stored.
When to Call in Outside Help
Jenna is a full supporter of Do-It-Yourself and loves it when people can figure out how to do that. But, she says, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help. For some people, organizing comes naturally. For others, the idea of an organizing project is completely overwhelming. For those people, outside help may be needed. That doesn’t have to mean that someone swoops in and does everything for you. While that can certainly happen if that’s what you want, having the help of a professional organizer or even just a good friend can turn what feels like an overwhelming task into a manageable undertaking. It may just be that you need an outside perspective to help think about your space differently or that you may need extra arms to help lighten the load.
Jenna says that for some of her clients who have years of paper clutter to go through, it sometimes helps just to have someone going through it with them and discussing what should be kept and what doesn’t need to be. Another time when Jenna is called in is when couples are having disagreements about what should go and what should stay and where it should stay. In those cases, she says, most people find she’s much cheaper than therapy when all that’s really needed is a little organizing mediation.
At the end of the day, any organizing you can do will help to make your life run more smoothly. And that, is a valuable investment in your mental wellbeing and your health.