Yes, it’s actually day 5 of our organizing challenge but I’m doing a catch-up post. 😉 This weekend was busy and life has just had bigger priorities, but I’m trying to stay on track! I think some of you are ahead of me…awesome! Keep up the good work!
My first space to tackle is a big one because it’s a larger space with many things to be organized…our basement. Our basement is unfinished and used for laundry and storage mostly, so it easily (and often) becomes a dumping zone. Every few months I spend hours and days getting it back to the point where we can see the floor and where there aren’t a dozen piles. Organization is needed in a big way so that I no longer have to lose valuable time maintaining this space!!
One thing that has been helping me is that I got really serious about purging. In the past I’d keep a garage sale pile. After the sale, anything I deemed “worthy” of attempting to sell the next time came back inside, and the rest went to Goodwill. The pile would start over, and I always had this mountain of stuff in the way. In the past couple of years, I started taking everything that was left after a sale (maybe with very few exceptions) to Goodwill so that nothing came back inside. That didn’t keep me from having enough to have two sales this summer, though!
In part, I am downsizing my daycare as I phase out of that to pursue organizing full time, so I am able to get rid of a lot of toys and gear that I no longer need for the two children I have left in my care (especially since one is in school full time and the other three mornings a week).
But I am also trying to hang onto LESS STUFF overall. I’m not a hoarder and I’m not a pack-rat by any means. If I’m no longer wearing an item of clothing, it goes. If I don’t use something, it goes. But I have a lot of projects in the works, supplies for said projects, and things that I keep for the one or two times a year that I (might) use them (entertaining things, especially). I’m trying to get more realistic about THOSE things.
After our last garage sale and after taking items to the local children’s consignment sale, I was still left with this…
Getting your family involved in the organizing process is great for a variety of reasons!
- Help makes the work go faster.
- You can teach your kids (and maybe even your spouse!) some lifelong organizing skills.
- Everyone is more likely to maintain a system that they helped work to achieve.