After a decluttering project is complete, it's time to make sure that things STAY organized. Group your like items together—clothing, pantry items, cleaning supplies — whatever items you want to focus on. If you are searching for the right container there are many to choose from. There are a lot of affordable and stylish options for your pantry, for general home use, and even for your basement and attic! After you have gathered your similar items, place them into an appropriate sized container and label it. Condensing items and labeling the container is a quick and simple way to sort and maintain organization! That way, when you buy new things, you know exactly where they go.
Don’t Buy Containers Until You Are Done Organizing!
It is very tempting to buy boxes, storage goodies, or drawer organizers before you start to declutter. We get it! It can be fun (and motivating) to head to The Container Store to "get ideas" and come home with $200 worth of bins and baskets, labels and more. It is better to wait until after you have sorted out what you are keeping and have measured the drawers, cabinets, and shelves that the container will go on to go shopping - either online or in the store. Instead of making multiple trips to the store, save yourself time and effort (and frustration when things don't fit) by making sure that you are prepared!
Try not to worry too much about "the system" being perfect. Organizing is a skill you CAN learn and once it becomes a daily habit, it will get easier. Eventually, you will have an easy-to-manage system that allows for quick retrieval and storage of almost any item!
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