6 Organizing Must Haves

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage

Being organized is not a static state. Paradoxically, order requires constant motion. It helps if you recognize these 6 organizing must haves if you are to remain on top of the job. It matters little whether you're organizing your bedroom closet, your filing cabinets or your daughter's school bag. These principles, in order of importance in my experience, may help lead you to successful project completion:start with one step

1) You must want to get it done:

If your heart isn't in it, the project will likely be abandoned. Where there is a will, there is usually a way.

2) You must allocate the time to do it yourself or be able to delegate the work:

No one gets organized by planning to get organized at a later day and time. Wishful thinking does not beget results. Actions do.

3) You must have sufficient physical space, besides the floor, to be able to put the objects into:

Aka appropriate storage capacity. To organize paperwork, you need sufficient drawers & cabinets; to organize a warehouse you need a large space WITH sufficiently strong shelving and storage racks. I have seen attempts at both with inadequate physical structures - it does not work. 

4) You must have the will to adapt and to adopt new ways if what you thought at first does not work:

For example: You believed you could bring order to the children's bedrooms by quietly throwing away some of the large toys they outgrew and with which they rarely play. Instead, you found out the kids want to keep most everything and there is clearly not enough floor or closet space in their rooms. You can leave everything as is which drives you nuts, or you can sit down with your kids to negotiate a different set-up. Sure it will take longer than you expected, but when you are finished fashioning the successnew storage/play area in another section of the house that is less under foot, you will have created a permanent home for what your children desire and insist on keeping until they are really done with them. No one's feelings are hurt, and you got cleaner, neater bedroom space. 

5) You must embrace "organized enough" and not insist on perfection:

Perfection exists but for only a moment - the natural state of chaos starts operating as soon as you've completed your organizing project. Good enough, however you define it, is a practical goal to pursue if you're not to burn out.

6) You must have the patience to visit your newly organized space from time to time to keep up a healthy circulation:

When introducing newly acquired items to your organized space, remove what doesn't belong, replace what's been used up and what's not needed anymore. Otherwise, the order you just established will slowly regress back to the natural state of chaos.

These 6 organizing must haves are helpful mental attitudes to keep you going when challenged by situational or chronic disorganization problems.

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Nilgun Foley

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Comments (11)

John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Welcome to AR Nilgun!  Wonderful post here & I especially like #5, as a reformed perfectionist, I've learned "good enough" can be good enough.

Mar 18, 2015 06:20 AM
Nilgun Foley
Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage - Shelton, CT
Realtor - Business and Investment Properties

Thanks John! You're the second commentor from Costa Mesa in the last two days. With so many things to attend to in the 21st century, Good Enough is not bad at all Lol.

Mar 18, 2015 07:03 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the great tips. 

Mar 19, 2015 08:16 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Very valuable tips!  

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Feather Nesters group! 


Mar 19, 2015 10:11 AM
Nilgun Foley
Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage - Shelton, CT
Realtor - Business and Investment Properties

I'm honored! I don't really know how to reach the Group's blogs; so I hadn't noticed it.

Mar 19, 2015 02:11 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice for all of us. Many of us in the seniors category have accumulated too much stuff.

Mar 20, 2015 03:07 AM
Nilgun Foley
Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage - Shelton, CT
Realtor - Business and Investment Properties

If "too much" is tenderly cared for, it is a treasure. If it is abandoned to the dark corners of the basement no one ever visits, it is hard to argue those things are treasured memorabilia.

Mar 21, 2015 01:38 AM
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs


Wonderul article! My husband is so... organized and I love it! he keeps me straight!

Mar 23, 2015 01:18 AM
Nilgun Foley
Atherton Associates Commercial Brokerage - Shelton, CT
Realtor - Business and Investment Properties

You're among the lucky few Monique. Most of my clients are female and mostly they assume the role of being the primary organizer of the home and hearth :)

Mar 23, 2015 01:21 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Hi Nilgun..I will use some of your tips for organization.

Thanks for the post.

Apr 30, 2015 09:43 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Every last one of your points is inspired. Well-said!!

Mar 01, 2017 04:46 PM