5 Steps To Kick Start Your Organising
Hi, I’m Tash and I love organising. Fact. There are so many reasons why but the standout has to be that it saves me time. Everything in our house has a home and it saves heaps of time looking for things. I literally organise everything. Fridge, first aid box, kids toys, clothes, undies, if you read my last blog – I even organise the dogs toys!!!! Don’t judge me. Give it a read here if you haven’t yet – it makes perfect sense!!
Now, I know for many people the process of organising can be overwhelming and just knowing where to start can be the biggest challenge. Life is really busy and it’s not always practical to declutter your home room by room, one at a time. I totally get that and that’s why I’ve designed a 5 Step Challenge to kick start your organising. This is about getting organised bit by bit, drawer by drawer, and I’m sure that you will reap the benefits straight away – let me know how you go.
Step 1. Cutlery Drawer
(easy to do when cooking dinner)
We use this drawer so many times a day it can fill up with unnecessary items and dirt. It’s really simple to get this space under control and will save you time scrambling through items you don’t use to reach the items you do!
Empty the drawer completely and give it a good clean. Sort like items with like items so you can see what you have and then decide what you will keep, donate or throw. Return items that you are keeping and that’s it.
*Cutlery trays or expandable drawer dividers can help keep things organised, remember to measure your space first, and when putting things back try to think of the positioning of items. If you use it often then you want it somewhere handy to reach.
Step 2. Tupperware
I store all Tupperware together in one drawer. If it’s all over the place then you will be wasting time looking for it so gather it all up and allocate it a forever home.
Remove any pieces that are broken, cracked, have a missing lid or aren’t used.
I store by sizes to maximise space and group lids close to their containers so I know where they are and they are quick to access.
*You can get dividers to store the lids which keeps them neatly positioned but it’s not always necessary.
**If you have any Tupperware that is stained, try making a paste of bi-carb soda and water. Let it sit for a few hours and then give it a good wash and it should come off easily.
3. Tech Challenge
Gather all of your chargers and tech accessories in one place and once again, give them a forever home (I use a small drawer). This is all about saving time and if they are all together you won’t waste any time looking.
Remove any old/unused/damaged items and recycle any old boxes that you don’t need. I use velcro straps to keep wires from getting tangled and to shorten the length of cables, sometimes they’re just too long. I also like to label them because they all look alike.
There are lots of organising solutions for tech accessories/wires if you need. I like to keep it simple, quick and effective.
(Remove from all wardrobes)
This is a quick challenge and will free up space in your wardrobes immediately. Remove any hangers that aren’t being used. Personally, I would donate the majority and keep a few. The Hanger Bag is a game changer for storing hangers. It fits nice and neatly in any corner of your wardrobe or, you could keep it in the laundry so you can hang up clothes as soon as they come out of the wash (speeding up both the drying and ironing process – anything to save time right!). www.thehangerbag.com.au
5. Underwear Challenge
(Just YOUR underwear & socks ladies)
I’ve selected this one because you are the most important person in your house and often you take a back seat to everyone else. If putting on nice, comfortable underwear makes you feel good, then I’ve done my job.
Undies: ask yourself a few questions. Do they fit? Are they comfortable? Are they past their sell by date? When did you last where them? Be honest.
Bras: does it fit? Is it comfortable? Is it past its sell by date? When did you last wear it?
Socks: remove odd socks, socks with holes, socks that are uncomfortable and socks that you never wear.
I’m a Marie Kondo advocate so I always use the ‘file fold’ method which you can see me doing on my Instagram page @effectivespaces.
*This isn’t about removing items and replacing them with new. These steps are designed to clear some clutter, introduce you to your organising journey and start saving you some time.
**Remember to donate or sell any items that you can prior to throwing.
I hope that this helps kick start your organising. Remember to tag me in photos on Instagram so I can see your progress @effectivespaces and use the hashtag #effectivespaces