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I’m completely overwhelmed and have no idea where to start?!

I hear that question a lot! Take a deep breathe… and instead of thinking big, think small. Choose a small and emotionally low risk project. Then work your way up to more emotionally charged areas. A kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet is a great example. It’s simple to sort, purge and put back together. The emotional risk is low because no one is attached to expired food or medicine.  Your clothes closet and childhood keepsakes… those areas are filled with emotions and are best dealt with after tackling a project or two!

Krista Colvin is the Organized Lifestyle Expert for AM Northwest, creator of Organize The Whole SheBang [the smart woman's guide to doing it all], and a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist. She’s a social media savvy, too much coffee-drinkin’ mama of two. Check out her blog at Organize the Whole SheBang!

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2 Responses to I’m completely overwhelmed and have no idea where to start?!

  1. Sherry Cole January 10, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    I have a weaving/sewing room that is out of control. The neighbor girl came over to help me & we hauled almost eveything out of my room, to sort & organize. After 3 days of messing with this, she got discouraged. So I ended up just stuffing things back into my room. I can barely walk around in there, now. I have a cupboard that has my fabrics. My sweetie put up shelves for all of my threads & yarns. My threads & yarns are on cones, in balls & skeins. I’ve got clear plastic bins to put them in but like I said before, I can barely move around. My books & magazines are on a bookshelf. My initial thought was to put cottons in one area, wool, & critter, in another section and silks in an armoire. Then I wondered if I should sort by color. I wish I could send you a few pictures, so you could get a better idea. My 2 looms take up the most area with the table a close second.

  2. PAT January 7, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I live in an apartment. the Bedroom clothes closet is 64 inches wide, 22 inches deep, 8 ft high, BUT, the door is on the left side and is only 30 inches wide. Help… I need to put shoes in there also.

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