Outline of Julie Morgenstein's "Organizing From The Inside Out"
What's working? Save yourself effort by leaving what works.
What's not? Whine! Be comprehensive.
What items are most essential? Big-picture goals. What would you save from a fire?
Why do you want to organize? Pull out this list when you don't feel like organizing.
What's causing the problems?
Technical errors e.g. things don't have a home; things are inconveniently located
External realities e.g. career change
Psychological obstacles e.g. sentimental attachment, perfectionism
Strategize (1 hour)
Kindergarten model: activity zones and fun homes for things
Define zones (3-5 per room)
Choose zone locations
Estimate time (usually 2 days per room)
Sort: do what's visible first; don't purge yet
Assign homes for stuff
Containerize: aesthetics, manageability, size. Label containers
Equalize: daily cleanup; periodic tune-ups