Shopping for new furnishings is fun. Nerve-wracking. Overwhelming at times, but essentially, fun. I am often hired to eliminate the nerve-wracking and overwhelming part. And, to save the time, money and hassle of making the wrong choice. This is how I do it.
Hello. I’m back on the blog and ready for fall. I hope everyone else is, too!
One of the things I finally got to over the summer was a re-vamp of my office. It was in serious need of some TLC.
My storage needed to be re-organized. I had a lot of dated and unused items to be purged and things needed to be sorted out so I could think when I went into the room.
I’ve found that I really struggle to get things done in an environment that is messy and out-of-control. It’s like all the stuff is competing for my attention. However, it’s pretty easy to get a room into that state during hectic times of the year.
I’d been putting off dealing with it, but now that it’s done I am feeling so much more in control of everything.
While I am certainly no expert at organization (and I fall down regularly on keeping things up) here are the strategies that work for me.
Think in zones
I identify zones for different types of activities. In my office these break down roughly as work areas, long-term storage, short-term storage and items I need to take action on such as reading, replying or forms for filling out. I have areas where each activity takes place. There are large tables for working on, drawers and cabinets for different types of storage and file racks for action.
Make a place for everything
It helps me to have a designated spot for the things I keep around. This can seem tedious, I know. There are two things about it that work for me. The first is that I really have to consider each item in terms of what value it provides in my life. The second is that it’s pretty easy to put it back and keep the clutter from building up.
Schedule regular maintenance time
I started this practice after sorting through everything I’d carried around for two or three moves and not dealt with. It was a MAJOR job and I swore I’d never do it again. By tackling things a section at a time, I can get to it all without having to do it all at once. Over the course of a year it all gets addressed. My goal is always to eliminate things that aren’t serving me anymore. Then I recycle or donate them.
What strategies do you use to get your space organized and working for you?
A few weeks ago, I took on the subject of texture as a design element. I thought a post on the element of pattern would also be fun to put together. A lot has been written on this subject and honestly, it’s a bit of an art. However, there are a few rules of thumb that make working with patterns easier and more rewarding. Here are a few to consider:
I am a bit of a minimalist. I believe you can live very nicely with less if you’ve taken the time to really think about what you let in based on what gives you the most joy.
I strive to live that everyday, but it isn’t always easy. I often fall short. Confession: I have a bit of a paper addiction. I love notecards and card stock, glitter pens, punches and crafty stuff. It could take over my home. However, I’ve set up a designated space for it and when things start to get out of hand, I pare it down. Pronto-ish.
If you are space-challenged, or just want a more compact way of living here are a few ideas for getting your space working for you.