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Lockdown Organizing Tips

Prior to the coronavirus lockdown, many of us have pursued our passion outside our home. Now, we recognize that, among other things, cleaning and organizing our very home can be one of them.

Keeping the household operating smoothly while working fulltime used to be quite easy with handymen and cleaners helping with the chores on a weekly and, sometimes, even daily basis.  But in the latter part of the lockdown, they, too, were left with no choice but follow government regulations and stay safe in their own homes.   And this is when the real work began to unfold for the workaholic who gets stuck at home.

Organizing during time off is a meditative experience.  Doing the same during lockdown is a tedious routine. In the absence of housekeeping angels, learning to sort clutter and organize the home intelligently while drawing fun out of it becomes a necessity.

The processes for organizing remain the same whatever the situation.  You get to the root of the problem and find a home for everything.  The key is to start with an area that either inspires harmony or causes much headache.  After all, you can always count on strong feelings towards a project to create the momentum.  If you are the type who gets overwhelmed with thoughts of sorting and de-cluttering your home, then start with a small corner. It can be a drawer or a table.

It will help if you can clear the particular space and sort the contents within it into categories.  Whatever does not belong must be moved to another room. Whatever is no longer used must be moved out of the home.

Ensure that whatever gets relocated within your home is stored or displayed in areas where they have some use.  This will save you the stress of looking at relevant items as eyesore simply because they are where they should not be.

The lockdown situation is trying enough so make it a point to enjoy the process of organizing your home. The first few times may not result in that perfect design output.  What is important is that you gain energy as you see less clutter and feel that you are in harmony with the many areas in your home.

In this sense, de-cluttering is a meditative exercise from which you can draw positive vibes and find your sense of balance.  You may even arrive at a couple of realizations as you organize your home.  For me, it is primarily that many of our valued acquisitions are not necessary. And secondly, we can help other people by donating the stuff that we have been clinging onto but do not even need or like that much. Many items in our homes can either be recycled or donated.

The three priority areas that I would recommend you start with, because they can be most empowering or overwhelming, are your closets, study room, and kitchen:

CLOSETS

  1. Sort clothes according to style.
  2. Add vertical shelves for foldable clothing.
  3. Use curtain ringsfor scarves or tank tops.
  4. Donate clothing that you have not worn for 1-2 years.
  5. Keep in storage items that you do not use but love.

STUDY ROOM

  1. Relocate items that do not belong.
  2. Sort items in the corner / area where they are being used.
  3. Add shelves or hooks to organize items that can be hung.
  4. Color code containers for easy organizing and cleaning up.
  5. Use wheeled storage for easy access of often-moved items.

KITCHEN

  1. Usehooks on the inside of kitchen cabinet.
  2. Add vertical shelves to stack condiments.
  3. Sort items according to function, size, and frequency of use.
  4. Use re-sealable containers that are stackable and visible.
  5. Dispose of bins and boxes that are not being used.

Organizing gives you the opportunity to make your home space work for you. As you start with one area of priority, set a schedule and give yourself a timeline. And please don’t expect instant de-cluttering to happen overnight.

Most of all remember to have fun. You are now venturing into a worthy and worthwhile experience that will llow renewed energy to circulate in your life as you deal with the coronavirus lockdown and recharge for when you once again pursue your other passion outside your home.

Posted by TalkShop
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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