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Best Organizing Tips: #6

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Over the next 10 posts - Simplify with Shannon will reveal the Top 10 Tips for Getting Yourself Organized. Some of them will be tangible, some will be tips for setting the right mindset when it comes to organizing.  Before we move on to Tip #6 - heres a little review!

  1. Clear your mind.
  2. Have a goal.
  3. One space at a time.
  4. Prioritize.
  5. Don't organize when frustrated.

Next up!

Tip #6: Clear the space completely.

As you start to organize, you realize that it becomes more of a mess before it gets better. As you start to organize, first clear the space and don’t put anything back until the space is clear and you have already purged the items. There are two ways to go about this. First, you can completely clear the space (i.e. closet, wardrobe, bookshelf) and then start organizing, sorting and purging. Or, you can start pulling items, organizing, sorting and purging and then ensure the space is completely clear before putting things back.

When you clear the space completely as you organize, it allows you to re-envision the space. Clearing the space helps you have a clear mind to put things back in a logical and proper order in way that will work for you. Its possible the mess was a result of the space not being set up in an ideal way for you and your life. Clearing the space helps you reorganize in a better way.

Clear the space. Clear your mind. Reinvent the space for your life.

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