like itemsSeveral years ago I wrote a post called, ‘Creating Peace at Home Through Organizing’.  Click on the link to read the full article.  The article explains why decluttering and organizing the spaces in your home is so important to achieve peace in your life.

In that post I used the acronym PEACE to describe the five steps in the organizing process.  The acronym was created to depict the result of organized spaces – peace. This post is the first in the series to provide more details for each step in the organizing process.

You’ve already determined that you want to get organized.  My recommendation is to avoid the overwhelm of the size of the project by starting small.  Choose a drawer, a cabinet, or maybe a smaller closet to ease into the overall project.

Step 1 – Put like items together

Remove all the items in the space and put like items together as they make sense to you.  The reason I say ‘as they make sense to you’, is because everyone is different.  What makes sense to me may not make sense to you. This is called a broad sort using general categories.  The finer sort comes along later in a succeeding step in the process.

An example would be office supplies.  Anything you would use in an office goes together – like items.  Pens, markers, envelopes, paper clips, stapler, sticky notes, electronics, cords, etc.  Another example is personal care items.  Soap, shampoo, deodorant, first aid, hair care accessories, makeup, shavers, etc.

You can use boxes, bins, or piles for the categories.  I use sticky notes and a marker as labels for the categories.  Put the labels on the boxes, bins or on the wall or floor if you are using piles. You may come up with additional categories such as returns; return to the library, return borrowed items, etc.

Now that you have the broad sort complete, you are ready to move on to the next step, Eliminate Excess.  Stay tuned for the next post!