The Organizational Process
We will meet first for an hour courtesy consultation to assess your goals for your home or office.
- Create a staging area – This area is an open space (kitchen table, an empty bed, or general open space) that we use as our organizing work bench, so to speak. We use it to sort and categorize your belongings.
- Sort and Categorize – Warning, this can be messy! We like to pull everything out, make piles, and group like items together. For example, in the garage: yard tools, camping gear, sporting equipment, tools, cleaning supplies, and holiday décor.
TIP: When sorting, you may want to do one cabinet, drawer, or shelf at a time. Complete one area before moving on to the next.
- Purge. We can do everything without the client in the home except PURGING. We cannot purge for you, but purging is extremely important in the organizing process. The ultimate goal is to only have items in your house that you use.
- Ask yourself: Have I used it in the past year (or even two)? If not, why am I keeping this? A) Is it valuable? B) Does is have sentimental value? Allow yourself 1-2 large bins for “memories.” Any more than that becomes overwhelming. Get rid of it. If you are holding on to excess items, purge a portion of them. For example, if you have more than 12 rolls of wrapping paper, keep the best and get rid of the rest.
*We can take items to local charities or thrift stores for clients. We encourage recycling when possible.
TIP: We recommend purging often. After your first initial purge, we urge you to get in the habit of quickly going through your home several times a year to get rid of things you no longer need or use. Keep a donation bin in the garage or closet.
- Buy organizing supplies. We assess the space where your items belong and purchase necessary bins, baskets, labels, shelving, etc.
- Create a system. Once your items are categorized, we put everything in shelving/bins/baskets in order to create a space that is beautiful, easy to use, and refreshing. With this new system in place, you will be able to keep yourself organized.
- Label. Now that everything has a home, we label it so that everything is easy to find and use.
- Upkeep. We strongly recommend doing some form of upkeep organizing every day. Know that after we organize, everything will have a home. Put things back after you use them, and you’ll stay organized for life.