Happy January! A new year to reflect, refocus, and restart.
At the beginning of each year, I usually experience an extra level of motivation and I want to start reorganizing and decluttering every area in my home.
However, I’ve learned that this extra motivation is great, but the “all or nothing thinking,” is not.
What works much better, when you want to make a change, is to do things in small steps. Focusing on one area and one change at a time. This approach always leads to bigger and longer lasting results.
So yes, set goals for the year, but make them realistic. Follow your dreams this year, but allow for the flexibility that life will bring. And make sure to take care of “you” this year, so that you can better take care of others.
This is my New Year’s pep talk, you’re welcome.
Now let’s get on to some organizing tips. The mentality of working one step at a time, is the best way to approach organizing and decluttering.
Small steps like organizing a drawer while you are chatting on the phone, decluttering a table surface during a commercial break, or cleaning out your purse while sitting in the waiting room.
Take the free time that is sprinkled throughout your day and use it to simplify.
I recently set up our pocket office slash command center space and one of my goals was to of course, get it organized. I LOVE how the center desk drawer turned out and I wanted to share with you my techniques for how to organize a drawer in three easy steps.
I found these narrow trays at Target. Two of them easily fit into the drawer and created a simple to use system. (A similar tray may be found here – Whitmor Section Clear Drawer Organizer.)
I also lined the base of the drawer with contact paper, just to add a little punch! (The contact paper is from Amazon – Self Adhesive Shelf Liner – 2 Pack – Rugby Chevron Graphite.)
The principles I followed in making this little drawer come to life, are the same principles you can use for any drawer in your home. Organizing a drawer is as easy as 1-2-3!
Organize a Drawer in Three Easy Steps
- Analyze (and determine) the priority for your drawer. The drawer should have a purpose and generally not be a “catch-all.”
- Beautify the drawer by using an effective system. Find dividers or trays that will help to separate your items and don’t forget to add a little punch too!
- Commit to the maintenance of the drawer. You can do this by sticking to the priority of the drawer and ultimately by putting things back where they belong, every single time.
Wishing you a great fresh start this year and as always, happy organizing! #babysteps