Organizing Tip: 5 Things You Must Do After a Successful Organizing Project

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“I finally organized my bedroom closet!”Image of a blue ribbon with the words 1st place organizing project success

“I filed away that giant stack of papers on my desk!“

“The cabinet under the kitchen sink is finally tidied up!”

Congratulations! You’ve finally completed an organizing project. You’re a bona fide success!

Before you happily rest on your laurels, consider these five pointers to help keep your project a success and let you bask in the glow of a job well done for many months to come.

Plan daily maintenance.

Now that you’ve finally gotten things in order, don’t be lazy and let all your hard work go down the drain! Figure out specific steps to take on a daily basis to help keep your organizing project in order. For example, let’s say you finally organized your bedroom closet. You might decide to place shoes and belts back on their shelves/racks at the end of the day, place dirty clothes immediately in the hamper and fold and store/hang clothes right after the laundry is done to keep things in order.

Take a photo.

You’ve worked hard to achieve your goal. Why not make a record of your achievement? Snap a photo on your cell phone or digital camera for posterity and save the image in an easy to access place. Refer to your photo on any organizing “rainy day,” that is, whenever you feel you’re sliding back into your old habits or are undoing your hard work for a bit of positive reinforcement and motivation to keep things organized.

Plan a smaller organizing project.

You’ll probably be feeling very good after completing your project so consider using this feeling of accomplishment into another organizing project. Keep in mind that your next project doesn’t have to be the same size as the one you just completed and certainly doesn’t have to be completed that same day or week. If you’ve just finished organizing the garage, planning to organize the basement right away probably isn’t such a wise choice. Instead of going whole hog, keep your plans to a smaller project such as cleaning out your wallet.

Share your story with others.

One of the best things in achieving a goal is sharing your accomplishment with others. Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever share information and stories. Share your success with friends and family via your favorite social media network or tool with photos and a short story. Who knows, you might just inspire someone else to get started on or complete their very own organizing goal!

Celebrate!

Lastly, we can’t forget the importance of celebrating your achievements. Go out for a nice dinner, listen to your favorite music, buy yourself a small gift, relax with loved ones, smile, and of course, enjoy your newly organized space or materials!

Now to you…what do you think of the above? Have you ever given yourself a reward for an organizing job well done? Perhaps you have a reward in mind for the near future for an almost completed project?

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10 Responses

  1. Janet Barclay
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    Although I try to go through my wardrobe at least twice a year, at the change of season, I still have a tendency to keep things that no longer have a role in my life and are taking up valuable drawer space. After a really good clean-out, I like to reward myself by going out and buying one or two new items.

    • theorderexpert
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      I think in this case your hard-work is doubled even more so because you can “wear” your reward. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!

  2. Moreen Torpy
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    I love your idea of photographing the organized closet! What great motivation to keep it that way when the picture is right there as a reminder.

    • theorderexpert
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      Thanks! It’s easy, fast and takes up little space. We all could use little reminders to show us how hard we work when working on an organizing project.

  3. Tracy Hoth
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    I love those steps! I kept thinking, “How can there be 5??” but as I read each one I thought, “YES!”

    Oh, maybe another one could be to hang the before picture up, too, so you are reminded you don’t want to go back to that place. 🙂

    • theorderexpert
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      Thanks! Hanging the picture up is a good idea. Placing the photo in a frame would also do the trick; after all, your organizing work is a masterpiece. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

  4. Jill Annis
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    We have all read about the steps to take in order to get organized. It was refreshing to read steps to take after the project. Especially celebrating!

    • theorderexpert
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      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  5. Stacey Agin Murray
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    Great advice! I always remind my clients to celebrate their organizing milestones–it’s important for them to give themselves that ‘pat on the back’ for a job well done. These 5 steps should be framed and be given to a client at the end of their project!

    • theorderexpert
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      Hello Stacey, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I think people should recognize and be proud of the hard work they’ve done; oftentimes this is overlooked when it comes to organizing/organization. It is hard work indeed. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!