Organizing can be exciting or excruciating

January 25, 2021
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

There are a few new organizing shows out. One that I love is on Netflix, “Get Organized with The Home Edit.” When I watch, I am inspired and find it extremely exciting.

I realize not everyone may have that same reaction. Some of you may equate organizing with excruciating pain.

I will try to encourage from both angles.

Imagine opening a drawer or cabinet/closet door and being able to clearly see everything you have. Doesn’t that make life easier? Doesn’t that make it easier to make use of the things that you have? Of course it does!

What is keeping you from doing it? Time? Money? Not knowing where to start? Well, lets tackle each one of those.

Time? We all have 24 hours in the day and yes, some of us have more demands on us in those 24 hours than others. Bottom line, how much time do you spend looking for things because you are unorganized? It actually takes about five to 10 minutes to organize a drawer and we will go through those steps in this article.

Money? While all of us would love to run to the Container Store and stock up on the latest and greatest boxes/containers, that isn’t absolutely necessary. I found some great tops and bottoms of nice, sturdy gift/product boxes from Christmas that are great for organizing.

Not knowing where to start?

Here are a few tips:

Clear the space first. Just take everything out of the drawer or cabinet.

Before putting anything back, remove any unwanted items, categorize the remaining items.

Put things back in a container (if it makes sense), in their respective categories.

Sometimes it is hard to be organized because we have too many things. Don’t be afraid to let go of the excess. No one needs 47 pair of socks. You can only wear one at a time. Once you get those spaces organized, step back and admire your work!

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at

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