I have created a simple acronym to allow you to break down your organizing project into simple, straightforward steps that will help you achieve optimal organizing results. The acronym is appropriately called PROCESS because organizing is not a means to an end but an ongoing process.
Here are my PROCESS steps:
Plan of attack – plan your project - which area(s) do you want to address - make a list - evaluate present system, what is working, what isn’t working, devise new system - determine budget - develop timeline
Remove items – start from a clean slate - empty the space completely - remove then sort & purge
Organize into piles – donate/toss/sell/keep/relocate - sort like with like - purge excess - the more you purge the less you have to find a home
Containerize – find storage solutions - containers establish limits and boundaries - designate a space for items being kept - consolidate
Evaluate plan – how is your system working for you - are you able to work your system? What needs to be modified? A good system should be easy to maintain
Solve/simplify anything that isn’t working for you - revise accordingly
Smile, relax and enjoy your hard work!