Organizing is a journey not a destination. The same phrase is often used with the word success. The more you practice, The better you’ll get out of it, just like anything in life.
It took me a while to realize that organizing isn’t just a one and done project. I used to organize spaces and would get frustrated when they wouldn’t be working out and I would be organizing again. I soon realized that organizing a lot of it is about maintaining it and refining your space and improving it as you move through life.
I like using analogies and an analogy I’m going to use is with cooking. If you’re like me and cooking is not your strength and you really don’t care for it, you want the simplest, easiest and quickest recipe out there. You’re willing to do whatever it takes to find that. Through multiple recipes, I’ve had quite a bit of practice. Although I am no fantastic cook and it’s not my passion. I have found it much more enjoyable. That’s the same thing with organizing. The more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.
Here’s some steps to help you become great at organizing:
1. Start small. Find a drawer or something small that has been bugging you that needs to be organized. Take that small project and turn it into something that you love. Once you have a small win under your belt, move onto another small win and slowly build yourself up so you can become confident in your organizing capabilities
2. Find organizing inspiration. Find boards or images on Pinterest or on Instagram of people or companies that you like. Once you start to see how they organize spaces, it’ll motivate and inspire you to get your projects done.
3. Identify your style. There are a ton of organizing products out there. You want to enjoy what you look at and what you see. Stick to a consistent theme and don’t buy something just to complete a project, wait until you find what you’re looking for. Trust your gut 🙂
4. Learn to declutter. Decluttering is hard, really hard sometimes but once you identify what you only need, it’ll make organizing much easier.
5. Let go of perfection. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Recognize that this space isn’t the end all be all and that you’ll likely make some changes. Our pantry had a big makeover last year and it’s been changed a few times now with moving the bins around and changing labels. Things will change, if you’re not changing you’re not evolving.
Keep practicing, the more you do it, the better you will get!