January is Get Organized MonthSM, sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Since “get organized” is often on New Year’s resolution lists, January is a good time to focus on organizing projects.
Stores and Web sites capitalize on the trend by featuring containers in their ads, often marking down prices to make them more appealing. Remember, though, that no matter how attractive your organizing supplies are, you still have to make decisions about what to keep and where to keep it.
I recently read an article by Abbey Roy, a writer from Ohio, who advocates for using less costly tools:
You don’t need a bunch of fancy clear plastic containers or cute fabric-lined baskets to get your life in order…
Case in point: A cardboard box at the top of our basement stairs is labeled “Downstairs” with Sharpie on masking tape, complete with a downward-pointing arrow. Used kitchen towels, an occasional soiled bib and clothes-that-get-changed-in-the-playroom get tossed into it before they head down to the washing machine.
Having a place to put things is far more important than having a decorative piece to put them in. You can get started on your projects now, using grocery bags or laundry baskets to sort. If you need someone to guide you, call a Professional Organizer for a consultation. Of course, you also can find motivation in The Clutter Book: When You Can’t Let Go.