We have all been there and said, "next weekend we have to get that basement cleaned up and organized". If we are lucky, we find a way to push "next weekend" out as far as possible.
One of my favorite words when it comes to running a professional organizing business, is the word functional. It is also the first step to the JLB Organizing Method. I think we all strive to have a functional home that is also organized. However, the feeling of “being overwhelmed” is the #1 reason we put off organizing projects in our home. To better understand why certain areas are harder for us to tackle than others I want to explain the difference between a functional area of your home vs. a non-functional area. Understanding the difference can make the non-functional areas, which tend to the be areas of your home you are the most overwhelmed, by much easier to tackle.
First, I want to explain the difference between a functional area and a non-functional area from my perspective as a professional organizer. Functional areas in our homes are normally closets, kitchens, offices, linen clothes etc. They function, maybe not as well as you would like and maybe the area isn’t as organized as you would like but the area gets the jobs done, you can still cook or find an outfit to wear. It may take longer than you would like and annoy you but areas like this are functional. What these areas normally need are to be decluttered and then organized.
Then you have your non-functional areas, these tend to the "catch all" areas and they tend to be basements, spare bedrooms, or garages. The areas where if guest come over you can close the door and forbid entrance to any who try to pass. These are the areas that you feel like you know what is in there but in all honesty, you aren’t 100% sure and even if you were it could take 30 minutes of digging to find the item you were searching. These areas tend to be hard to walk around in with piles upon piles which can make looking for anything like a game a Jenga....can you move this, without that falling. Over the next few weeks I am going to share some simple tips and tricks to help you turn these non-functional areas into functional areas. This then makes the decluttering and organizing steps easier. However, if you can just get just get a non-functional area into a functional area, you will feel a million times better about that area and then be motivated to fine tune and organize that area.
The acronym I use for the JLB 4-Step Organizing Method is F.D.O.P. This is short for Functional, Decisions Making, Organizing, and Personalization. Before you can get an area organized you have to make the area functional and make decisions about the items in your home. The decision is not just if you need to keep an item or not but deciding what the item is to you and what category it should be organized in. After these two steps you can start organizing and once that is complete you can personalize the project or area you were working on. The final stage is for people who really want to put the final touches on the area, such as putting on the fancy label from label makers and getting the specific organizing products you might need. Next article, I will cover what the ground rules to follow are and the supplies you will want to have on hand when you tackle transforming a non-functional area into a functional area.
Until next time,
JLB Simplify Organizing Blog
At JLB Simplify Home and Unpacking Organization we help people on a regular basis who are overwhelmed with the state of their home. It is a normal thing and even happens to professional organizers! This is because life tends to throw more at us than we can handle from time to time. We created the JLB Simplify Organizing Blog to help provide tips and advice for anyone trying to get more organized as well as to be honest about how hard getting organized can be. We hope that you find useful information as well as comfort in knowing we all struggle from the JLB Simplify Organizing Blogs.
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The JLB Simplify Team
The JLB Team