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Make a Plan for Your Organizing Project

Once you've decided which one of your many organizing projects you want to tackle first, make a plan. The most time-consuming step on an organizing project is the sorting and purging process.  You'll have to decide how long you want to sort and how often.  Sorting papers can take longer than you think because even one small stack of paper, can be 20 decisions that you have to make.  Will you tackle your project over a long weekend, or spread it out over time and sort a manageable amount each week?  To support the purge process, consider how you will take care of the donation and disposal of items (e.g., shredding).  You don't want donation piles or bags cluttering up your new organized space.
You'll also want to plan time for other after-sorting steps of your project, such as determining if you need any new storage units or containers.  You'll want time to place all the items back in their new homes.  Lastly, you'll want a step to label your items, so that your organized space will remain organized over the long haul.  Labeling helps you and others to put papers, supplies, etc. back in proper homes.
By taking a little time at the beginning of your organizing project to make a plan, it will help you realistically tackle your organizing project and keep you on track to reach your final goal!
If you need help in planning your organizing project, Professional Organizers are available to assist.

posted on: 3/12/2012 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
category: Business

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by Karen on 3/12/2012 12:45:49 PM:

Hi Heather, When I don't plan to organize (like looking for something and cleaning the drawer as I go) I get done in 1 hour. When I plan it takes 4! What gives?

by Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO on 3/12/2012 1:29:09 PM:

Good comment. The only caution in "planning" is that some people use it as a procrastination tool. This is typically when the person tends to be a perfectionist. Don't let perfectionism, hold you back or slow you down:)

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Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is a Professional Organizer who organizes and designs tailored home and office solutions. She is on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)-WDC Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is the owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design, LLC. Prior to her organizing career, Heather Cocozza worked 13 years at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an ERP Project Manager and at times traveled extensively while her "virtual" twins were between the ages of 0 to 3.

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