Have you ever heard of the S.P.A.C.E. method of organization? We've been using this method when it comes to working with clients and it works wonders!
This simple & effective method was coined by the brilliant Julie Morgenstern in her book, Organizing From the Inside Out.
The S.P.A.C.E method stands for:
A- Assign a home
Let's break each of these down so you can start using this method in your own life and space.
The first step in the S.P.A.C.E. method is to sort.
When you begin organizing, you first have to sort your space. Whether it's an entire room or a single closet, separating your items by categories is going to make the rest of the organization process a breeze.
Now that you've sorted everything into categories, it's time to get rid of the things you don't need. This can be a really tough step for people, but it's important to remember that letting go of things doesn't mean you're letting go of memories.
The second step in the S.P.A.C.E. method is to purge.
This step may seem daunting, but we promise to help you through it if you need assistance. During this stage, you go through each item and determine if you need it.
Now that you've sorted everything into categories, it's time to get rid of the things you don't need. This can be a really tough step for people, but it's important to remember that letting go of things doesn't mean you're letting go of memories. Ask yourself...
Do I use this?
Do I love this?
Is it in good condition?
How many of these do I really need?
Create piles TOSS, DONATE, + UNDECIDED. Toss the items in the garbage, donate the good/gently used items, and place the undecided belongings into a box or bin to revisit in a few months.
The third step in the S.P.A.C.E. method is to assign a home.
This is where the measurements and space planning come into play. How is the space used? Which items belong in Zone 1, 2 or 3? Determine the flow of the space by assigning a home to each item or category of items.
Zones are key to the long term functionality of the space . By understanding how you use the space, you can make sure that the items you use most are easily accessible and the items you use least are stored out of the way.
ZONE 1: These are the items that you use on a daily basis.
ZONE 2: These are the items that you use weekly or monthly.
ZONE 3: These are the items that you use seasonally or annually.
Now that you've determined how to use the space, it's time to start containerizing your belongings!
The fourth step in the S.P.A.C.E. home organization method is to containerize.
The art of containerizing is to do it last, not first. Once you have sorted, purged, and measured your spaces you'll know exactly what size and shape containers to purchase.
Purchasing too soon could mean the wrong containers for your space. And, you may just find that you have everything you need in your home.
If you don't, purchasing what you need for your spaces is fun + exciting--because this is the step where you beautify the space. There are so many different options for containers, there is something for everyone when it comes to adding your own personal style to the space.
The last step in the S.P.A.C.E. method is to equalize.
This means to set boundaries or triggers on the space to determine when it's time to reset. Having these cues in place will ensure that you maintain the organization and grow with it over time. As your lifestyle grows and changes your belongings will too.
The S.P.A.C.E. method is an excellent way to organize any space in your life whether it's your home, office, or car! It is also a great step-by-step way to encourage organization in children who are overwhelmed by their belongings. When you've finished the S.P.A.C.E. method, you'll have a beautiful, functional space that works for you and your family!
Want support implementing the S.P.A.C.E. method? Our team can provide virtual sessions, or, full on site organizational services. Contact us to book a zero obligation consult.
Originally Posted JULY 7, 2022