The Magic Shoe Box

As a personal organizer I do not usually promote saving items just because they might come in handy some day.  One exception to this is shoe boxes*.  A lot of people feel they hit a stumbling block when they begin to tackle a project.  Most often it is the belief that without containers of the exact color, style or size they can not proceed.  In truth, what they are focused on is second tier organizing, a close relative to decorating. Shoe boxes let you jump right into your project.  Sorting papers, snacks, spices , toys etc., just grab a Sharpie and some Post Its and get going.

Most likely you will not finish in one sitting .  Shoe boxes allow you to be able to move your stuff out of the way, maintain the work you’ve done and not get everything swept up again into one big pile.  Then when you your ready for your next organizing session you’re ready to go. After your project is finished you will have a real sense of what container will work best for your needs.  Feel free to stick with the boxes especially if they will be in a closed cabinet or when your heading out to Target, HomeGoods or WalMart you can pick up something a little more decorative.

*  any plastic bin you have around can work too.



Ready , Set, Go…..

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the longest attention span.  Looking back at my most productive moments, I realized that I was the most  successful if I set a twenty minute time frame in which to tackle less preferred tasks.  Instead of being overwhelmed I could move past the procrastination with the mantra of “it’s only twenty minutes.”  Well it turns out you can get a lot done in twenty minutes!  While sometimes I will continue working past my time limit other times I really will stop at twenty minutes.  The point is once you get started often times the momentum will keep you going.  So much so that if you need to stop what your doing you may end up wanting to go back for more.  In particular, this philosophy plays a key role in my organizing technique.  Most people don’t have hours and days to devote to organizing projects. My goal is to share some great techniques that will clear up some of your more organizationally challenged areas in a time efficient, economical and mostly painless way.   Set your timer for 20 minutes and let’s go!