If you have a goal to declutter and organize your home, I highly recommend that you gather a few items before you get started. Create an Organizational Toolbox so you don’t have an excuse of “I didn’t have XYZ, so I could get started.” This list of items is fairly simple, and you probably have most of the items already in your home, so when you create a Toolbox, there will be no excuse not to reach your organization and decluttering goals.
I recommend you have six stackable storage bins for sorting: Keep, Donate, Trash, Shred, Sell or Move. You will use these bins throughout your home, regardless of the room. Having bins that fit inside one another, keeps your tool kit compact. They also allow you to reuse your bins throughout your organizational journey going from room to room.
ZIPLOCK BAGS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLBOX
Have a variety of sizes of Ziplock bags on hand. These are a great tool to use when sorting through and repackaging items such as playing cards, game pieces, puzzles, craft embellishments, etc.
You’ll want to bag items once you’ve sorted through everything so you can get rid of items you no longer need, want or love. Once you’ve bagged them… get rid of them.
Removable labels are perfect for labeling bins, baskets, boxes, folders etc. as you begin to organize items. However, they allow you the flexibility of removing them if your game plan changes slightly. Sharpies are essential for labeling, so have a few in your toolbox. A pen or pencil for taking notes, as well as Post-Its for identifying piles. Each of these items are important to have in your Organizational Toolbox.
CLEANING ITEMS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLBOX
As you clear shelves, drawers, and furniture you’ll want to give it a quick cleaning. Be sure to have non-toxic/pet friendly cleaners, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and a bottle of Goo-Gone for removing any adhesives readily available.
For a link to making your own natural cleaning products, you can visit my previous post Cleaning Products Made Naturally.
Being able to measure your space and the furniture you wish to have in it can only happen with a tape measure. Be sure to add it to your Organizational Toolbox. Scissors and a Box Cutter are important to have in your kit for opening or cutting down boxes and removing tags from bins, clothing, and other items. Have a roll of packing tape should you need to put together moving boxes, and a roll of painter’s tape for mapping out your space if you are re-arranging any furniture. It peels up easily and doesn’t peel your paint.
LABEL MAKER FOR YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLBOX
Do I need to say more? Label everything as you return it to your space. Label bins, binders, baskets, and anything else.
You can read more about my favorite label maker here.
If you will be storing items up high, having a step stool is important. I’m a fan of this 3-Step Folding Ladder, as it is light weight. It alsofolds flat and gives you the height you need for placing up high.
Your phone may be the most important tool in your Organizational Toolbox. Use it to take notes for items you need to purchase, measurements to ensure you’ve got the right dimensions, and any ideas that are sparked as you declutter and organize your space. More importantly, be sure to use your phone to take before and after pics so you can see how far you’ve come.
By creating an Organizational Toolbox, you’ll be ready to get started on your project, whichever room or space that may be.
Here’s to putting together your toolbox, beginning your decluttering and organizing journey and RESETTING your life!
Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – CHRISTINA SCALISE
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