This Tuesday I gave a presentation to the Atlanta Independent Women’s Group on spring cleaning/ decluttering/organizing. It was a fantastic group of highly motivated women. For those of you unable to attend, I am giving you ten of the top pointers. 1. Focus on one area or room at a time. 2. Have a clear vision of how you want that area to look and feel – and note how that is different from the way it is now. 3. Note especially the things that are really bugging you about this area and know what is essential to you in this area. 4. Divide the area into zones- if it is a living room, you may have a reading zone, an entertainment zone, a hobby zone, etc. 5. Keep everything you need for that activity in that zone, if possible, and eliminate all items that do not support that activity. 6. Have a plan and a timeline in mind and written down before you begin. 7. On the day of the cleaning/decluttering/ organizing project, gather all your materials before starting so you don’t hinder your flow. 8. When finished, make certain that everything has a logical home – even items that are rarely in their home, like your laptop. 9. After you complete your project, monitor it to see that your organizational plan is working. 10. Have fun and celebrate and reward yourself as you go along.
. Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer