As kids, most of us did not put much thought into the planning part of an activity. Deep end of the pool? Cannonball! New board game? Let’s dump it all out on the floor and go from there.
As adults, I think we sometimes put too much planning into an activity, so much so that the planning of an activity becomes its own activity. This can happen a lot in organizing. People try to plan each detail beforehand, and then they get overwhelmed and never actually start. Others have absolutely no idea where to begin and give up. The kid-you would be ashamed! The kid-you would tell the you-you to get on it and just DIVE IN.
As most people read this, they will have an area in mind. For some it will be the pantry, and for others it will be the attic or garage. For me, it was the spare bedroom closet complete with a hodge-podge of things that didn’t go anywhere else like luggage, golf clubs, the vacuum cleaner, etc. I hated that closet. I could feel it laughing at me, taunting me. Then, one day I went in there to get something and just started pulling everything out! I would love to say that it was easy and that all it took was just getting started but alas, no. What I can say is that there is a time when this approach is the best thing as long as you keep a few things in mind.
1. You will create a big mess. One look around may have you heading for the door, but you can do it.
2. A little patience is required. You might be tempted to throw away or donate all of it. Be careful. I have taken this road and gotten rid of something precious by mistake.
3. Keep in mind your end goal. Is it getting organized, purging unwanted things, or just figuring out what you have?
4. When you begin to put things back in place, always keep the most frequently used items in the handiest spots.
5. Do not give up! Power through until all of it is put back into place (or the donate pile or the trash). Most often, if you take a break and then try to come back to it, say tomorrow, it won’t happen.
Go! Dive in!