Chaos to Calm’s Week 1: SET the Foundation
This video explains Chaos to Calm CONCEPT #1: which is … (watch video!)
OK… This week, we’ll tackle our physical space (watch video before jumping in!):
BEFORE (any) Project: Know your VISION (including the “why?”) + REALITY (What’s working? What’s not?)
#1: Determine zones needed + map it out (IMPORTANT: Don’t skip this step!)
Use this Home Inventory checklist / template as guideline
#2: Gather together (group) items for each zone
#3: Use clutter filter for existing + future incoming stuff … This is an ongoing part of getting AND staying organized!
AFTER (any) Project: EVALUATE & TWEAK (figure out WHY it’s not working, and go from there)
- Work at a pace that’s best for you. This is a 3-week program but don’t feel pressure to get your entire home perfectly zoned out in before Week 2. This is an on-going process (I’m working through it too – check out Behind-the-Scenes, coming soon.)
- Break into mini-steps so you’re huge unfinished organizing attempt doesn’t turn into a cluttered mess!
- Write down (in one place) ALL to-do’s that come up while doing this. It’ll help you keep focused vs. getting side-tracked.
- Share what’s located where with family members. Using labels when possible helps everyone stay on same keeping-it-organized page.
- Throughout this program, note what’s working and what’s not… from preferred containers to systems already in place.* You can note this stuff on your Love / Not So Much template from Welcome Packet.
- Re-read #4 (above)!!!
If you dislike the thought of using a checklist, mapping out zones, etc. then simply work on one zone at time, starting with your preferred way:
- BIGGEST IMPACT: start with the one that triggers the most stress
- EASIEST: something small – the one you’d find the most fun (or least dreaded!)
You can also use this to help figure out what to make easily accessible: Access Quickly Template
- Organizing from the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern: I trained with Julie (NYTimes Bestseller + Frequent guest on shows from Oprah to GMA + professional organizer extraordinaire) on learning how to assess a client’s unique needs, develop a customized solution, and implement the plan. In this book, Julie explains in detail how to “understand your individual goals, natural habits, and psychological needs.”
- If a Home Book is appealing to you, it’s a great place to permanently keep your Home Inventory Checklist + anything else home-related.
If you’re stuck with… What do I do with this? … just let me know: angela@AngelaHarrisDesign.com – I’ll include in a Q&A section coming soon. Coming soon…
- Behind-the-scenes: Me + Concept #1! will share some of my behind-the-scenes stuff
- STYLING: Labeling, Containerizing + MORE
For now, FOCUS ON THE Chaos to Calm Concept #1: Find what you need when you need it BASICS!
Remember… take it one step at a time… And NO WORRIES if you are just doing a little tiny bit here and there. As long as you’re consistent over time (even if you fall a few steps back – we ALL do), you WILL see fantastic results!
(PS. More stuff below… )
Chaos to Calm Quote: Week 1 … printout, cutout , frame, tape to mirror,…
Bin-Store.com: while geared towards retail, medical, industrial… also has craft, office + more
ClosetMaid: good place to get ideas on ways to best utilize spaces (even if purchasing your own shelving, for example)
The Container Store: great variety of organizing
Crate & Barrel: stylish stuff
Ikea: modern, inexpensive
Video: Yolanda Foster, RHBH Star: How I Keep My Busy Household Organized (from Us Magazine)
WEEK TWO: KEY to organizing success: CRUCIAL! (released 8/5/13)
WEEK THREE: Getting – and staying – ON TOP of (released 8/12/13)