How to start a large organizing project …and finish with the space you want!

Happy Spring, villagers! I know I’m a little wacky, but I can’t be the only one who gets excited about Spring cleaning. (Or am I?)

I’ve always found a huge amount of satisfaction in organizing– be it a protest, my own home or a best friend’s desk (truly). And there’s no better time of the year to organize than Spring. Let some of that rebirth and renewal cycle into your living space!

As an actress and writer, I’ve had to depend on other jobs to pay my bills. Most of my work now comes from being a teaching artist, but before I realized how much I love teaching, my money-making job was retail. For many years I worked at a small jewelry shop in the Village. And at one point, I worked at The Container Store where I gained expertise about how to do any organizing project efficiently and with lasting results.

So, in honor of the Spring cleaning that I couldn’t wait to start: a series on how to tackle large organizing projects!

If you already have a tried and true system, then power to ya! If not, these tips will be a huge help to you.

On a personal note, this series will follow the process and progress of my birthday gift to my mom: to transform my old bedroom, which has become a guest-office-catch-all of a space, into a calming and energizing guest room / art studio / office.

We began the job on Saturday, and a week before we started I asked my mom these important questions:

  1. What is your dream for the space?
  2. How do you want the space to work for you?
  3. What feeling do you want to experience when you are in the space?

So, how does this apply to you?

Which area of your home could use an organizational boost?

You know there is one– if not an entire room, perhaps there’s a crazy junk drawer or an unruly cabinet. Take five minutes, print this free worksheet and ask yourself these questions! Maybe even find some dreamy-Pinterest-home-pictures to use as inspiration. Having a clear end result in mind is the first step towards getting the organized space of your dreams! This kind of simple goal-setting will keep you accountable as you sort through your space and make decisions about which things to keep and which you can let go.

Having a clear end result in mind is the first step towards getting the organized space of your dreams! This kind of simple goal-setting will keep you accountable as you sort through your space and make decisions about which things to keep and which you can let go.

Stay tuned for our progress and weekly tips coming at you on Mondays in March and April! #springclean

| Next week: Paper Sorting! Not glamorous, but oh-so necessary. |

Check out the #OrgnizeForAction Goal Setting *free printable* and Organize Your Life so you have the mental and physical space to Organize For Action!

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  1. Last year’s huge cleaning project has flowed into this year. Last year, I rashly promised to put my house on the 2016 Mount Tabor House Tour. This involved turning my “mismanaged warehouse” decor into something more presentable. Painted, made window treatments, got area rugs. My quilting and dressmaking fabric was all over the house; this was organized and put into one place. Spent a month on that; quilters believe that the one that dies with the most fabric wins.

    This year, I’m busily trying to USE some of that fabric, hence all the quilts I’m putting up on FB. And I need to get basic cleaning done before the knee replacement surgery. I do intend to be on the 2017 House Tour, although I’m not going to show the upstairs as originally planned.

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