The first week of October is “Get Organized Week.” Celebrated since 1991, it’s a week focused on organization, decluttering, and generally getting life in order.
The beginning of October is the perfect time to focus on organization – most people have settled into a fall routine and have a little lull before the busy holiday season arrives. It’s definitely a week worth celebrating! With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of GO Week.
Create a Strategy for Getting Organized
When you start thinking about organization, there are probably endless projects you can tackle in your house. While this can feel inspiring, it can also be overwhelming and keep you from making progress. Set yourself up for success by spending some time planning exactly what you want to tackle and when you’ll do it.
- Make a list of all the projects you want to accomplish. Include specifics of what you want to organize. For example, don’t just say the kitchen. Instead, say something like, clean out the pantry, organize cabinets, and clean out the refrigerator.
- Schedule your projects. Once you know what you need to do, schedule a time every day for when you will tackle that project. For example, “Sunday from 4-5 pm clean out and organize the bedroom closet.”
- Get the supplies that you need. Once you’re ready to start organizing, you want to have everything you need to complete your project for the day. Take some time to think through what you need – for example, a bag or bin for trash, recycling, or donated items – and have those supplies on hand before the week starts.
What Projects Should You Add to Your Schedule
As you plan for the week, it can be challenging to figure out what you should focus on. Our suggestion for this is to pay attention to high-traffic areas as well as storage areas that you use a lot but rarely organize. Here are a few projects that can be a good place to start your house-wide organizational efforts.
- Kitchen and pantry: clean out food that is past its expiration date, organize utensils and dishes, and get rid of unused Tupperware, dishes, or utensils.
- Bathrooms: go through the medicine cabinet and clear out expired medicines. Make a list of things that need to be replaced so you can restock your cabinet after your next grocery or pharmacy run.
- Closets: Donate unused clothing and organize shelves or drawers.
- Office/Desk: Organize papers and files. Throw out or shred things you don’t need. Organize files that you need to keep and create a system for how you’ll handle new papers you receive.
- Garage/shed: This can be a week-long project in and of itself, but you don’t have to do a complete overhaul of your outdoor storage spaces. The reality is that you’ll be surprised how much progress you can make in an hour or two. Pick a section of your outdoor shed or garage to clean out and organize. Every little bit will help!
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For more organization tips, visit A Guide for National Get Organized Week from GenTwenty!