Last night I had the privilege of attending an organizing workshop, led by Elizabeth Hagen. I wanted to share with you some of the notes I took from the evening session. This is such a great time of year to dive into this--I always love sorting after the holidays (or anytime, really!)
Here is Elizabeth's START method, using the junk drawer as an example:
First, take everything out of the drawer. Then,
Sort-Do I need this? Do I even know what it is?
Toss, donate, recycle, garage sale pile
Appoint a home for everything
Restrict items to a container to hold them together
Take back control
One of Elizabeth's ideas that I really liked was to walk through your entire home, room by room. Armed with a clipboard, you look around each room in a clockwise direction, writing down any area that irritates you. I tend to organize in a piece-meal fashion, so I like this intentional approach. Once you've gone through you entire house, you sit down and prioritize your projects. Love that!
At the end of the workshop, Elizabeth asked each of us to write down an action plan. My projects are 1) make a master list of favorite meals to aid my menu planning, 2) use the START method to better organize my son's clothes (too many piles in the closet right now!) and 3) do a walk-through assessment of our home. I'm excited to get STARTed!