Decluttering is NOT Organizing

If you head over to the Before and After pages you will see my latest project. I took a garage bay and turned it from a dump to a functional orderly space. This process starts with decluttering: remove trash, sort to dump or donate, rehome the wrongly placed items but it doesn't stop there. This garage took about 20 hours but that is because some of the time was spent planning where to best place items. If you simply push everything back into neat piles you have achieved much less and the likelihood of the space returning to a dump is quite high.

Take the time to plan out the space, this is a work in progress and you can change and modify space-planning as you progress

Design the space to meet your needs not how you think it should look.

DO NOT BUY any storage containers until you are sure of what you need. You may already have plenty of storage containers after you declutter

Putting like-things together will help create quick order and also help you decide if you need to eliminate more items

Make sure there is adequate space between items. Whether it is cans of sauce or bins of sporting equipment it is important to leave enough room to remove and return items

Storage is about retrieval and replacement. Things must be easy to retrieve and easy to return or you will go back to the piles and a dumping ground quickly. Leave enough space to easily access bins and shelves

Areas need to be functional not Pinterest perfect. Don't let the staged pictures on Pinterest get in your way of completing your task. Neat and tidy has its own visual beauty whether or not the baskets all match. Function is always the priority

Call me if you get stuck. Organizers have a set of skills and abilities that will make the process easier. Besides, it is more fun with two people

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