• Adele Pines

This Novel Approach to Organising Gets It Done Properly

Rebecca came to me for help with her girls’ bedroom. It was a big room with a lot of storage space, but with lots of different types of items, she just didn’t know where the best places for everything was. She knew she had to look at the room as a whole to make it work but because that was time consuming, she just left it.

Her biggest pet peeve? The desk! It was always a mess. Even after they would tidy it up, there were always some things left out and a few days later it would be a mess again.

Her dream was that everything in the room had a specific space and most importantly, that her girls should be able to keep the room tidy themselves.

During our video session, there was a specific question I asked Rebecca. I said to her, “Pretend there’s nothing on the desk now. Nothing in the cupboards or on the shelves. What would you like to keep in each specific spot? Knowing what they use and how they use the space, what needs to be here?”

Looking at a room in this way makes finding the right spaces for things much easier. Instead of looking at a pile of items and trying to find homes for them, you create the homes for the things you need before you even start sorting.

This flips the whole organising process on its head!

Traditionally, you start sorting a space by taking everything out, sorting it into piles, getting rid of what you don’t need – THEN, creating homes for what’s left and putting things away.

The trouble with this, as Rebecca noted after I walked her through the process is this (in her words):

“What I always did wrong was tackle the mess on the desk but then I never knew where to put things. So I just dumped it anywhere and I could never be bothered dealing with it. When I did it your way, by setting up the zones first I was able to tackle the desk and now a week or so later it’s still staying tidy!”

Following the traditional organising process involves having to make decisions immediately after making a whole lot of other decisions. In other words, your brain is working hard sorting, categorising, deciding what to keep etc, and then you immediately need to decide where to put everything that’s left out.

Deciding where you’re going to keep things before you start decluttering means you can split the process up over a few days and won’t get overwhelmed midway through.

This is how I tackle my client projects and now use it on my DIY clients as well. As you can see, it makes the whole job much easier and smoother. And most importantly, it means that at the end of the day, your space is properly organised so that it'll stay that way!

If you find yourself getting stuck while trying to organise a space, give this method a go. Alternatively, book a DIY session here and get your space sorted pronto.

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