organize your space::tips to starting small

I hear it often, and feel the tension with comments; such as, I don’t know where to begin-  It’s overwhelming – I can’t get anything accomplished. I hear it from clients, from friends, and from readers– I can get that way too. My words of wisdom (following a big hug,  a deep breath, and possibly a brisk walk) is to start small.


I believe writing down your needs, making a list of things to accomplish, and then prioritizing these tasks is step 1 for success. But, even the visual nature of a long list can make you feel frozen and unable to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. By starting with a small task, you gain momentum and feel accomplished. I’m referring to things that are quick fixes, take little effort, little time, and little thought. The success of completing something small feels good, improves your mood, and the feeling of being stuck in a rut lessons. It’s true for me with most things…exercising, house-cleaning chores, meeting new people, networking….


I hope this post will encourage you to start small and pat yourself on the back every step of the way.  You’ll want to think about how to containerize and label, but to get going, just get going! Here are some GREAT project ideas to help you get started and hopefully will inspire you to see the bigger potential of each space. Start small, but think big and love the results!


Beauty clean-up: Get rid of old or unused beauty products that you’ve held onto, and wash your make-up brushes.


Simple and organized by, Made By Girl



Streamline your media: Pull out your CDs, DVDs, and games and make a pile of those you don’t use. Be sure to sell used media and make some $$! Replace in containers.


This look by Deliciously Organized, could be used to contain many things; such as, media and magazines. It’s flexible, functional, and stylish.



Kitchen container clean-up: Empty your storage drawer and remove unused and unmatched containers. Place remaining items inside one another for instant containers.


I {heart} i heart organizing and her organized, easy-to-find solution for kitchen items.



Sock and underwear drawer: If it’s a messed up mixture, just dump and sort the unused, unmatched, and too small digs. Replace by rolling underwear, and folding in matching socks. Make a note to get a drawer divider next time you are out.


This drawer in order by tatertots & jello shows you how having the right organizer, allows you to see your necessities–so nice.



Closet order: If your clothes are falling off the hanger, unbuttoned, and hard to find, take a few minutes to rehang, button-up, and color order your clothes. It makes a visual impact when you walk in your closet. If you need to purge unused clothes and store out of season items, divide your closet clean-up project into two parts- (1) purge session (2) order session


Tidy, fresh, and color coordinated.  Always perfect when it comes to Real Simple.



Laundry procrastination: If you’ve got the laundry room overload blues, here’s a few tips: Agree to fold for ten minutes, and then see what you actually accomplish-Just pull out large items like sheets and towels and see the pile shrink.  Also, wipe off the tops of the machines and counter to spruce it up. Trash the old, empty, and duplicate products-creating space and simplifying makes a huge difference.


The laundry room is one of my first rooms to organize, since I am in it daily. This transformation by Young House Love has to be worth it–simply lovely.



The list of ways to jump start your home organization is endless: email clutter, magazine clean-up, garage sweep, download phone photos, streamline dishware, silverware purge…I will be providing greater detail and tips for organizing each of these spaces and so much more. If you need even more ideas, see if the Simply Savvy Pinterest boards inspire you too.


Do you have a quick task that made you feel accomplished and simply happy? What tips do you have? If this kick-starts you to get organized, come back and share that too! Love to share back with readers.


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