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Organizing at 501 on First

When we move into a new place, like 501 on First in Rochester, MN, we often have good intentions of getting everything out of the boxes and organized. But then life happens, and one week leads to another, and several months down the road we’re still tripping over the stack of boxes in the corner of the room. If that’s where you find yourself, or if the clutter has just built up over time, perhaps it’s time to get organized.

In today’s blog post, we will provide some timely tips for whipping things into shape. To begin with, don’t get overwhelmed. Start small. Organize the desk drawer, the coat closet, or the spare room. A good idea is to break the task down into tasks that can be accomplished in 15 to 20 minutes. Over time, those chunks will add up to success.

Whatever you are looking to organize, start with surveying what you have, and designate its destination by giving yourself three options: 1) Keep, 2) Give Away, and 3) Throw Away. Doing this sorting is half the battle. For the things you decide to keep, find a home for them in your apartment that makes sense for their function. There is definitely something to be said for the adage from your grandmother’s day, “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Be prompt with the items to give away; if you don’t get them to their intended destination within a week or two, toss them. And if you are going to throw things away, just do it. Also, those things that you are going to mend? If you don’t have the tools and time, it’s probably never going to happen, so you will be better off just getting rid of it. (Unless it is something highly sentimental, or you have a specific plan and time frame for repairing it.)

It may not sound like much, but these three designations can set you on a path to getting those boxes, overflowing closets, and junk drawers, contained. What are your favorite organizational tips? Please share in the comments.