Tackling Organization Little Bits at a Time

by Tyler Grossman 02/25/2019

A new year has begun and now is as good a time as any to set your sights on streamlining your daily life. Purging closets, cupboards, and drawers can feel either overwhelming or empowering. With such busy schedules, thinking about your whole house and what it will take to organize everything can stall the purging project before you even start. Try instead to think of it as sorting small spaces, one at a time, for just a few minutes. That way over time and with consistency you can have your entire home sorted and running more efficiently. 

Where to start

Picture your entire living space and realize that each room can be a mini project within the overall goal of creating an efficient living space. Then each room can be further divided into zones that you can sort in small allotted time blocks. You can spend anywhere from 10 minutes sorting through a bathroom drawer to 30 minutes on a hall closet. To stay motivated and keep the project from becoming overwhelming, try and keep the sorting to 30 minutes or less for each zone. You may discover it's useful to draw a layout of your house and check it off when you complete a zone. Or maybe you're a list kind of person, making a list with what you want to sort through in each room can be helpful. 

Sort by number

When sorting through each zone keep the process quick and straightforward. As you empty the zone, each item goes into one of three piles, as follows:

- NO

Having boxes or laundry baskets in which to place each item is helpful. Or you can make the piles on the floor or a table. Pick up an article and put it in a category immediately. Any hesitation and it goes to the “not sure” pile. When the zone is empty, grab the “no” pile and take it straight out to a designated area for donation. Then re-home all the items in the ‘yes’ pile. Finally, evaluate the "not sure" pile. Do you have space for it? Is it used often? Again, quickly decide and either put it away or donate. Then, move on with your day. 

Little bites are best

You may be able to complete several zones throughout your day, but no pressure. The focus here is not how fast you can get the whole project completed but instead taking a few minutes at a time and getting a small amount sorted quickly. Over time the entire house will be a more efficient living space. 

Go through open houses and model home to get creative organization ideas for your living space.

About the Author

Tyler Grossman

It's been an exciting decade working in the trenches of Marin Real estate!  Experiencing all the highs and lows of the always changing Marin market.  In fact, it can be different from street to street, week to week, and certainly for each and every home.  As a Marin native, I know the ins and outs of all the various neighborhoods, including schools, parks/trails, restaurants/shopping, transportation, and all the various aspects I need to know for our clients.  I feel so blessed to be able to raise my 2 children (Reed -7, Paige - 5) here with my wife Beth.  Although expensive, we know every day why it's worth it!

I partner with my mom Marti, who has over 30 years of experience in the business and has been very successful and highly respected.  Together we pool our experience, knowledge base, technical savvy, networking groups, and provide our clients with a true value of 2 for the price of 1.  Marti has excellent working and friendly relationships with all the older guard or agents, as i do with the more contemporary ones.  We are always leveraging our relationships to put our clients in the best positions.

Team Grossman has a long track record of sales success that we are happy to share with you.  We are as comfortable and committed to selling $250,000 co-op's to $2M estates.  We are 100% committed to our clients throughout the real estate relationship and beyond. We earn the trust and respect of our clients, who recognize that we are always willing to go above and beyond to provide the best service we can possible give, in order to make your real estate buying or selling needs come true. 

I have been in real estate since 2005, including every time of residential sale, including single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, income investment properties, bank owned properties (REOs) short sales, houseboats and land. Over the years, I have earned the trust and respect of my clients, and often made good new friends along the way.  I have been recognized by my company for various Sales Achievement and Client Service Awards throughout my career.

I ask that you meet with us to get to know us and how we run our business, and allow us to earn your business.  Thanks for that opportunity and can't wait to hear from you.

- Tyler