Once you have the purpose listed for each room, the next step is to list the rooms in order of importance to your organizing process. Not knowing which room to start in is one of the biggest reasons people fail to get organized, so don’t skip this important step.
Here are some suggestions to help you come up with a list of your rooms from most important (where you should start) to the least important. You can start in a room where you have the least sentimental connection to your things. This way you get a lot of stuff out of your way, which gives you more room work. If you live with someone else, starting in a room that benefits the most people may be the better place to start. If you're late paying your bills, forget appointments and can't find our important papers, then your home office might be your first room to tackle. Think of your priorities then list the rooms accordingly.
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Now that you know the purpose of each room and the order you will be organizing them in, walk into the first room armed with some trash bags and boxes for sorting. Remove the trash, items that belong in other rooms and stuff to donate. Once the items that don’t meet the purpose of the room are removed, it’s time to organize what is remaining. Put like items together in a manner that makes it easy to find what you’re keeping.
Knowing the purpose of every room and sharing this plan with the people you live with, will lead to a more organized home. When you decide ahead of time of what belongs in the room and what needs to go, everyone can help organize. Walking into a room where you only have the necessities can give you the peace of mind you’ve been craving.
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