Are you challenged by a cluttered home? If so, your love for green living things and gardening may hold the solution. Knowing that you like to garden but are challenged by organizing cupboards and closets, think of your home as your garden spot. If you can weed your garden, you can de-clutter your home.
START WHEN THE PROBLEM IS SMALL
In your garden: It is easy to pull a little weed, but if you leave it long enough to grow and get established, it becomes a project. In your home: The same thing happens when you put off clearing that little stack until tomorrow…then tomorrow…then tomorrow. Stacks grow just like weeds; eventually, you have a huge stack to tackle. Gardening and de-cluttering are the same: the SOONER you do it, the faster it goes.
LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER
In your garden: You plant the tomatoes and lettuce together so that when you select salad vegetables, they are in the same garden spot. In your home: “Like items together” is a useful organizing principle. Following this principle tells you where to put things and where to RETRIEVE them.
DON'T TAKE ON TOO MUCH
In the garden: It is best to weed or plant in one garden row at a time. In your home: Organize ONE area at a time, just a desk or drawer. Finish it completely before moving to the next spot.
ACCORDING TO USE
In the garden: Seasoned gardeners plant the kitchen herbs where they are easy to reach before the evening meal. In the home: Apply the organizing principle “prime items in prime space.” Put the most FREQUENTLY used items in the easiest places to reach.
In your garden: The wisest gardeners weed a little each day. Most of us don’t have the time or energy to weed the entire garden at once. In your home: Organize a room in SHORT sessions -- maybe 15 to 30 minutes. It is simpler to make the smaller decisions, and you enjoy the motivating feelings of satisfaction and completion.
GIVE AND RECEIVE
In the garden: It is always emotionally easier to remove extra plants that are crowding the garden when we can share them with a friend. In the home: With items we no longer need, why not let them go. For every thing we have in excess, there is someone who NEEDS it. Make a trip to your favorite charity or call them to pick it up.
DEFINITION OF GOOD ORGANIZATION
When your garden has the flowers that please you and the vegetables you enjoy, your garden is successful. Likewise, the definition of good home organization is "if you like it and it works." If you like what you have in your home, if you can find it, and if it is FUNCTIONAL, then you have achieved good organization.
WHEN YOU NEED MORE HELP
When we feel OVERWHELMED or we need to make huge changes in our yard, the smartest and most economical decision is to hire a landscaper. Similarly, when organizing is a personal challenge, hiring a professional organizer can be an excellent investment. A professional organizer helps you quickly accomplish your goals, allowing you more time to enjoy life.
SPRING CLEANING INSIDE AND OUT
Spring cleaning time is here. You want both your home and yard to be in order, so use good gardening principles. TEND to your home like you tend to your garden. You will enjoy being clutter-free and organized, room by room.
Mary Pankiewicz is the owner of Clutter-free And Organized, a Professional Organizing business that assists children and adults to become more organized. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the National Speakers Association.
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