Now that 2014 is underway, and I’ve announced some of my goals, the big question is… how? How am I going to make progress on all the things I want to accomplish? Well, that’s a darn good question. I’ve actually been asking myself the same thing!
And so far, my answer has been: Start Small.
Small = Manageable = Not Getting Overwhelmed & Quitting.
Because I am sooooo guilty of that last part.
I also need to remind myself of the progress I have made. Like, so far, I’ve conquered our junky kitchen drawer and linen closet. Easy-peasy.
What’s next? I’m not 100% sure. I’m not necessarily going to work room-by-room. Though in some cases, it’s like a domino effect… in order to clean & organize one space, I need to clean & organize another first. Or simultaneously.
But if I were to prioritize the next space, it would be our kitchen, mainly our pantry. It’s a hot mess. I get the heebie-jeebs every time I walk into it. Clutter makes me crazy. And our pantry is very cluttered.
Then I might re-do some of our cabinets: re-arrange what’s shelved where to create better access and storage.
After that… not sure. I should probably get a proper paper filing system up and running before tax season commence. Buuut… remember how I said Small = Manageable = Not Getting Overwhelmed & Quitting. Yeah, that one totally overwhelms me. I’ll start by taking suggestions for filing cabinets – metal? plastic? some fancy new contraption I haven’t seen yet? What works for you?
Also on the list:
– Organizing my craft supplies. This will come with the Liiiiiiibrary makeover I’m hoping for.
– Our bedroom / closet, especially our closet. We need to do a good decluttering in there!
Now that I’ve divulged all this… I need you guys to keep me honest! Help make sure I don’t slip up, especially in the Paper Filing System Arena… this is 7 years overdue!
How do you tackle your organizing projects? Are you the small, slow, and steady type or do you prefer to start big and get it over with?
Ahhhh! Paper filing! It overwhelms me, too, and it’s something Mark and I are committed to tackling this year, as well. Our first step needs to be sorting through the old files and trashing what we don’t need in order to make room for what we do. It just seriously PAINS me to even consider such a project. But I like your mantra: keep it small, keep it manageable, get it done. So, maybe we just start with 10 minutes of file purging, and go from there?
It does help to know that there are others working toward organization this year, too! Safety in numbers, right? 😉
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We should start a support group to help each other get through this daunting task! I like your 10-minutes-at-a-time philosophy; that seems doable!
I am so with you on the paper filing system thing! I got a great thrifted filing cabinet in….. OCTOBER! It’s still sitting upstairs wiring to be painted/have any files or papers put inside it! Slow and steady wins the race? I don’t even know if that applies…
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Slow and steady totally applies! I think you, Lauren & I should form a support group to help us get through this! I am dreading this one so much, but I know it’ll be worth it when it’s done!