Organizing Your Life True or False? Organizing is the same as being neat. FALSE: Organizing is not about how a space looks, but how it functions True or False? Organizing is a learnable skill, not a talent you’re born with. TRUE: Organizing is a learnable skill. True or False? Organizing is about throwing things away. FALSE: You can keep everything you want and still get organized. Organizing Your Room The #1 Rule of Organization “A place for everything and everything in its place.” The #2 Rule of Organization “If you don’t use it, lose it.” Quick Sort • • • Pull everything out of your closet. Sort everything from your closet into 4 piles. If you haven’t worn or used it in a year, it goes in the TRASH or DONATE pile. KEEP MOVE TRASH DONATE Remove 2 Piles From Your Room • Remove the trash • Bag up the items you wish to donate. Get them out of your room. TRASH DONATE Keep Pile • Focus only on the KEEP pile. • Set the MOVE pile outside your room for now. KEEP Sort • Sort the KEEP pile into themes • Theme Ideas: • Dress clothes, casual clothes, slacks, dresses, etc. • Colors • Other theme ideas? Hang Hangers Backwards • • Hang hangers backwards after sorting, then hang clothes up normally to see which clothes you actually wear. Then after 6 months or a year, you can see which clothes you have not worn. Get rid of those clothes. Find a Place For Other Items • Sort the MOVE pile. • Find a specific and logical place for each item. For example, a toaster does not belong in your closet. Purchase Clear Storage Boxes Still Not Enough Space? What if I might need it later? If you really can't throw things out, put the items in a box with a destroy date written onto it— generally about six months from now. If you find yourself needing to go into it to find something, put it with the items to keep. Anything left in the box at the end of the time should be thrown out or donated.