How to Get Started Organizing When You’re Overwhelmed

Sometimes, to get started organizing is the hardest part. You want to start, but you feel overwhelmed because you’re just not sure where to start!

Today, I want to share some suggestions that may help you to get started organizing!

Make a list

Sit down and make a list of all the areas in your home that you would like to see organized. Seeing everything written down could help you to pick something, whether it be a small task or an area that annoys you! Simply pick one thing, do it, then cross it off!

Start small

For the overwhelmed person, starting with a small project, such as a single drawer, could be just the thing to trigger your resolve to keep going onto the next small project. You’ll find yourself moving from one small project to the next, until you’ve finished each area of your home! Here are some small project ideas to get you started:

  • A drawer
  • A shelf
  • A closet
  • One surface space
  • Your spices
  • One cupboard
  • Medicine cabinet

Start in the room that requires the least amount of work

It’s a possibility, that by starting in an area of your home that requires a lot of organizing hours to complete, could turn you off before you start to see any results. I personally, love to see almost instant results. So, in a continuation of the tip above, when it comes to organizing, starting somewhere that doesn’t require a lot of effort will motivate you to carry on.Where to get started organizing your home

Start on the area that annoys you the most

Is there an area in your home that annoys you to no end because you can never find what you’re looking for? Start there. If tackling an area means it’ll make your life more manageable while you’re working on organizing other areas, that annoying spot could be a great place to start!

Just start

If you’re naturally a planner and you’re trying to get things just right in your head before you start, the planning process could actually scare you into doing nothing. Instead, clear your mind and tackle a drawer. Once you see how easy that was then you can move on to another, then another. Take baby steps and don’t overwhelm yourself by looking at the whole room.

Set goals

Set goals that will allow you to look at the big picture. Let’s say to want to organize your kitchen. You could leave it at that, but how overwhelming does ‘organize kitchen’ feel on your to-do list? By imagining how you want your space to feel, setting a timeline and breaking down the areas in your kitchen, you will be way more prepared to succeed! Let’s write the kitchen example out:

“I want my kitchen to feel clutter-free with each task area easily accessible so I can get my cooking/baking/cleaning done efficiently.

I will give myself one month to complete my kitchen, by spending 15 minutes a day on one of these areas:

  • Pantry items
  • Pots & pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Cups/mugs
  • Tupperware
  • Plates/bowls
  • Serving ware
  • Baking ware
  • Small appliances
  • Dish towels/cloths
  • Under sink cabinet
  • Etc.

I will make time every day between 3pm and 5pm. I will also take before and after photos of each area so I can continue to be inspired.”

I hope that example helps you to see how setting goals for each room in your home will help you feel less overwhelmed!

Get motivated

Find yourself some motivation! Here are some ideas:

  • Read organizing blogs – These blogs are full of useful tips for everyone!
  • Read décor blogs – Maybe envisioning what your space could look like will motivate you?
  • Watch an organizing show -Something like The Home Edit could really help light the organizing fire.
  • Have guests over – Nothing gets your act in gear when you’re anticipating company! (or maybe this will only force you to shove things in the closets…)
  • Lose something – hehe, but seriously, I’ve gone on organizing rampages when I can’t find something of importance!

Set the timer

If you know a project will take you 3 – 4 hours or more, you’re likely to put it off.  But, if you work at it and organize in small bursts, by setting a timer for 15 – 30 minutes, you’re more likely to get your project done!  Or how about doing a quick project (sorting the mail) while you’re waiting for water to boil or the microwave to finish?

Hopefully these are some ideas to help you get started with organizing your home to make it a place that you love being in!

What I really want to know though, is that I’m not the only person that tries to get as much done as I can while I’m waiting for the microwave to beep? 😉

Where do you start first when you organize?  Did these tips help?  Share your ideas in the comments below!

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