Potential clients often ask, “How long will it take to get organized?” The answer is, “it depends.” We all work at a different pace. The organizing process energizes some people and they continue on their own at the end of a session. Others find the process emotionally difficult and tiring and need time between sessions to recoup. Making decisions about the number of coffee mugs to keep is generally less challenging than sorting letters from a lost loved one.
I work efficiently while at the same time letting the client set the pace. It was a pleasure helping organize this charming, 1920’s kitchen. You can see view the results including before and after photos at Animoto: Restoring Order.
Here are a few basics for organizing your own kitchen
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a few minutes to just sit and breathe. A few long, deep breaths have been scientifically proven to calm the body and mind. Set a timer. If you feel as though “this will take forever” then set a timer for 15 minutes. Race the clock, tackling one area at a time. When the timer goes off, see how you feel. If you’re energized, keep going. If not, pat yourself on the back for a job well done and plan to do it again soon.
Plan ahead. Before tackling a major project, gather some basics: empty boxes and bags for donations, recycling and trash. Use a basket or bin for items you want to relocate to other rooms in your home. You may be tempted to “put away this one thing” but try to avoid the distraction and put all items in your relocate bin. You’ll put them away at the end of your timed session.
Is your kitchen due for an overhaul? Here’s a tongue-in-cheek, unofficial quiz.
- I have a large pile of untended mail on my kitchen counter.
- I keep buying duplicate spices, because I can’t find what I have.
- I have a complete set of Winnie the Pooh dishes, even though my youngest child just left for college.
- I have twelve state-of-the art appliances, but I only use my coffee maker and my toaster.
- It’s easier to order take-out than to prepare a meal in my kitchen.
- I think my countertops are white. I haven’t seen them in awhile.
Please let me know how you did in the comments below.