Organizing Tip #2: How to Sort Stuff

Whether we are cleaning a closet, a kitchen drawer, or the garage, it all begins with the sorting. The big pile of stuff can look overwhelming and even defeating so we might quit before even beginning; however, take courage. The process can be broken down into simple steps.

Step One: Make two piles - stuff to keep and stuff to get rid of. See? That's wasn't hard. Just by eliminating what you don't want we are half done already. A good rule of thumb when deciding what to keep is, "when was the last time I used this item or how often do I need this item?" If your answer is longer then one year, you probably don't need to keep it.

Step Two: The "Get Rid Of" Pile Since we have already decided to get rid of this pile of stuff, you won't have to think too much for the next step. You will either throw away or give away these items and this decision is based on the condition and usability of each thing. I am a big proponent of reuse and recycle or if someone could you use, donate it or give it away. But no one wants your trash so if it is no longer usable, throw it away.

Step Three: The "Keep" Pile The good stuff, the stuff you love, is in this pile and once again, we have another quick decision to make. Do you use each item often or occasionally? This determines if the item needs to be accessible or put in storage. The items you use often should be placed on the shelf at eye level. The items for storage should be placed on the top shelf where you may need a stool to reach. Make sense? Sorting anything follows these same mental steps and once you get the hang of it, you will do it automatically, every time you clean out a closet or pack for a move or rearrange a room. Now you can tackle that big pile with confidence!!

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