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Home Organizing: A New Perspective

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Organizing in the home can be an intimidating and frustrating task. People are often overwhelmed with thoughts, plans, ideas and task that come to mind. Following this, their mental lists introduces questions and concerns not only about the supplies they need but also about where and how to begin, how to lose the overwhelming feeling, and how to lessen the work. By considering the tips addressed in this author's articles; however, individuals can change their perspectives and learn there is no reason to fret. Some of these tips are very briefly stated below.

Step one: Prepare thyself mentally

  • Learn to perceive organization as a luxury rather than a mandatory necessity to breed motivation and lessen stress.
  • Remember that organizing methods do not have to be followed exactly. They can be modified where needed to better suit individuals.
  • Set aside mental clutter by writing down every idea, thought, plan,and task already in mind to alleviate stress and for planning with later.
  • Do not expect every thing to go perfectly. Organizing issues always arise but with a little creativity can also be conquered.
  • Learn to embrace imperfections by trying to foresee issues and trying to create a "Plan B" or next best idea in case.

Step two: Gather supplies being mindful of the following:

  • During the majority of the process, the only supplies one truly needs is cleaning and sorting supplies.
  • "Temporary holders" can stand in for sorting supplies and storage containers later.
  • "Temporary labels" are more practical during the sorting process and while final labeling is still under consideration.
  • If desired, create a membership with a three-dimensional floor planning website, like Sweethome 3D, to aid in the planning step

Step three: Begin planning

  • Create a room order plan that reflects least to most unorganized. This helps to establish a routine and to see progress faster.
  • Before physically moving any furniture, test out the arrangement with virtual arranging with the three-dimensional floor planning program
  • Reconsider the list of mental clutter and include the ones that will work on the final organizing to-do list.
  • Determine if an "overflow station" is needed and what central location is best.

Step four: Put the plan to work

  • Prep the sorting supplies if not done before.
  • Set up the "overflow station" if using one
  • Do not hesitate or do not second guess personal abilities. Just start and a personal routine will soon begin forming.
  • Do not interrupt the flow. If needed, grab "temporary holders" and "temporary labels" even if only needed for the day.

Once individuals learn that modifications can be made, supplies can be substituted, and where and how to begin, they generally realize they do have choices and in turn, control. This realization helps them learn there is nothing to fret and lose much frustration and intimidation. The key is simply to change their perspectives.

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