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In earlier blogs I've talked about the steps in organizing: 1) Get Inspired - behind every successful organizing project is a person who has made the commitment to change to get organized, 2) Prioritize even Professional Organizers have many personal organizing projects they want to accomplish but start with just one, and 3) Make a Plan consider and write down the steps to change your space.
Now we're ready to put the pedal to the metal, roll-up our sleeves and organize!  The most time-consuming step is sorting and purging.  You'll review each item in your space and categorize it by placing it with related items.  In a home office common categories are media (DVD's, CD's, flash drives), books, magazines, office supplies, mail, and of course paper.  As you sort you can place each of these categories of items in a box, plastic bin or just a pile on the floor.  Be sure to label your boxes or piles with sticky notes.
You'll also want to have the following general categories as you sort:  Trash, Recycle, Shred, Donate and a special box for items you find that belong in other areas of your home or belong to others.  Leave this box next to the door of the room.  While you're sorting and purging, don't leave the main space that you're organizing to put stuff away in other rooms!  You will get distracted in the other rooms and neglect your main space just put items that belong elsewhere in the special box by the door.
You can purge items as you go along or wait until you're done sorting and then purge.  Purging is making decisions about what to throw away and what to donate.  It is the act of reducing the amount of items or papers currently stored.
Once you're done purging and sorting, you'll want to place items that you're keeping into their new homes and label the items.  Then sit back, reflect on your hard work and celebrate!

posted on: 3/19/2012 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
category: Business

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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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