Assessing the Whole Situation

May 6th, 2014

Hello all! The last month or so has been absolutely insane, and I am sorry I haven’t had a chance to stop by and drop tiny whispers of organizational wisdom in a while! Since I’ve been gone, I got engaged to the cutest, smartest, and sweetest boy I’ve ever met, finished the last of my undergraduate classes, received a scholarship and graduate assistantship for grad school, packed my entire life into boxes, and started taking finals. Whew. I graduate on Saturday and let me tell you, I am ready to have this undergrad thing behind me! More time to blog, you know?

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On to the important stuff — I totally left you hanging after I promised to expound upon my organizational tips! So, here goes.

The word ‘assess’ sound so scientific, don’t you think? As an English major, it’s been years since I’ve stepped into a lab or have been asked to solve any sort of mathematical equation, but simply saying the word ‘assess’ aloud makes me feel like I need to find my TI-84 calculator, stat! But really, as I mentioned before, you absolutely must assess the whole “situation” before you hurry to Target to buy baskets (and stationery and headbands and sandals and an ottoman and dainty knuckle rings and candy and throw pillows and pajama shorts and curtains…)

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So. Without further ado, here is a list of questions you definitely want to address before making any big changes or purchases in your new, more organized space:

  • When are you in this space?
  • What do you use this space for?
  • What is the problem with this space?
  • What would you like to use this space for?
  • What furniture do you currently have that you use in this space?
  • Are you satisfied with the way in which you are using this furniture?
  • What furniture do you currently own that you do not use in this space that you could possibly use in this space?
  • What furniture would you consider purchasing for this space?
  • What is the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend on this piece or these pieces of furniture?
  • What free space do you have that can potentially be used better within this space?
  • Do you have an idea of a better way to utilize this free space?
  • If there is no free space, is there a possibility that you can create free space by utilizing furniture or currently “used” space better?
  • What different ideas do you have for utilizing this space better?
  • Who uses this space, besides yourself?
  • What will be easy for you and everyone else who uses this space to maintain?
  • What is your end goal?

Okay, okay, no more. Answering those questions might lead you to more specific questions you need to address, or maybe they will hit the spot and you’ll have an organization epiphany. Either way, you’ll be taking a more thoughtful approach to the organization of your space, and will hopefully not find yourself running in circles and making an even bigger mess. Because let’s be honest, we’ve all done it.

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