We all have that one friend who takes color-coded storage bins to the next level. Or maybe an officemate who puts the label maker out of business at work. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with being extremely detail-oriented, for many of us that level of organization can feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to organizing the most crucial spaces in your life like your workspace, or the special spots in your home that are a retreat from your busy day-to-day activities.
The bright side? We’ve made an easy-to-follow list to help you simplify the process of simplifying your space! Sounds… simple, right?
The first thing to keep in mind is that your goal shouldn’t be to simplify your entire house or office in a single afternoon. The best plan is to develop a simple system that’s easy to start and maintain. Then, start working through your spaces one-by-one.
Here are some pro tips to help you begin simplifying and organizing any space.
- Start Small
Because we all need to hear this… you don’t have to “do it all.” What often stops us from achieving or even starting to work toward our goals is the anxiety and stress of tackling it all at once. Trying to complete everything in one day is unrealistic and can be just as overwhelming as the clutter itself. Heck, even a week may be too fast - go at a pace that’s right for you. It’s okay to start with a small area or even a single drawer. Once you’ve chosen your starting space, build a system that works for you. If emptying the space and starting from scratch is your jam, it’s the perfect way to start!
You chose the space and how you want to approach it–great job! Now’s the time to declutter. Consider each item in the space and determine which ones to keep and which ones to throw out or donate. Having a hard time separating from certain items? Create a “maybe” box for items you want to consider one last time before making a final decision. By decluttering, it’s much easier to simplify your space as there are fewer items that need to be organized.
Now that you have the items you know you want to keep within the space, let’s organize! Organizing can be as simple as giving each item a dedicated spot (and if you want to break out the color-coded tabs and labels–we won’t judge). When choosing where to place your possessions, consider the purpose of the space and your lifestyle. If you’re starting with your workspace, intentionally think about how you work. What will be the most accessible and attainable locations for you to stay productive and stress-free? When your possessions have a specific location, you not only ensure your space is clean and organized, but you also form habits of maintenance.
Now it’s time to put those new habits to good use. Once you have your space exactly how you like it, and you’ve given yourself time to adjust to the change, make an effort to maintain it. If it’s a shared space, it’s important to encourage your family or coworkers to declutter and organize their spaces to help you in your simplicity journey. Promoting a culture of simplicity in your home or workplace can help sustain the hard work you put into organizing it. Want to add some fun? Start a “declutter challenge” for your family or officemates. It’s a great way to incite those who are… less than enthusiastic about organization.
While it’s certainly not realistic to achieve a completely stress-free life, there are so many easy actions you can take to simplify the spaces you use and make them stress-free and feel-good places to be. Whether you want a perfectly organized closet or just want to spruce up your desk, taking small steps to declutter, organize, and maintain your space can create the habits you need to live simply.
At Clarity Benefit Solutions, we believe life is a journey; one that should be lived well. Our goal is to bring clarity into the challenging world of benefits and utilize technology to simplify benefit administration, reduce costs and empower our customers.
With a full suite of consumer benefits, we offer reliable solutions that ease pain points, provide clear direction, and lack unnecessary complexity. After all, simplicity is the key to living well. Simplicity is at the heart of our company and in the details of everything we do from championing National Simplicity Day to our Simply Smarter Approach to employee benefits. This mindset has led to thoughtful new ways for all of us to get the most out of our benefits and to ensure that people are ready for whatever comes their way.