Lately, with the new show on Netflix staring Marie Kondo and her method of tidying, I've been pretty geeked to do some tidying myself.
I really like the way that Marie Kondo does her tidying based on her popular book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It is a great book to read and get a jump on your New Year cleaning and organizing.
But sometimes I find it is not always the best way for me. I use a few different methods from time to time, and I am able to complete my cleaning projects very well, in my opinion.
One of the methods I use is called The Organizing Box. This is a method that I read about in the book by the same name, The Organizing Box, by Jackie May. It's a great method when you can only do a small part of your house at a time, like the junk drawer or the drop zone.
If you were to meld The Organizing Box and the KonMari method together, this would be great for what Marie Kondo would call your "Komono," or the items that fall into a miscellaneous category.
There are so many things in the miscellaneous category aren't there? The nice thing about using both The Organizing Box and the KonMari method is that it helps you maintain organization better once your area is cleaned up!
Here are the steps that I have used to clean up some small spaces in my home.
6 Steps to Help Organize Small Spaces
1. Get a box large enough to hold all of the items in the area you are cleaning.
2. Empty the whole area into the box. Leave nothing in or on that area.
3. Go through the box one item at a time. The things that you know what to do with right away, put them back in their homes or throw them away. This is not the time to put things back in the area you are cleaning. That will come later.
4. Okay, now you should have all of the items that you want in/on the area in the box. Now is the time to decide if these items bring joy or are truly necessary. For instance, do you really need 4 notepads in your junk drawer? Probably not. Keep 1 and toss the rest. You can always get more when you run out.
5. Once you have gone through the box and weeded out your items, now it is time to out them back in/on your space. Use extra boxes that fit in the space to organize things that are alike. Try not to leave any small things loose, keep them in a box or container so that it keeps the area neat.
6. At this point, it should be easy to maintain the order you have just created in the space. Once all of the items have a home you can keep up with the saying, "A place for everything and everything in it's place."
This method works for me and my family when it comes to small areas of my home. I still like using the KonMari method for my clothes and books, but for everything else, I like using the Organizing Box to help keep things in order! If you want to get Marie Kondo's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, click HERE and if you would like to get Jackie May's book, The Organizing Box, click HERE!