Thursday, July 21, 2011

Organization Project - Getting Started

I was not able to do an organizational project this week but I've mapped out my next 'big' project that I'm going to tackle.  Most likely this will be a several week project but I'll be posting updates as I go.

Here is it, a little embarrassing isn't it?  This is my laundry room/junk room.  It's the only part of our basement that isn't finished and the only real storage area that we have.  There's a table underneath that big pile in the center so it's not quite as awful as it looks, I know it looks pretty awful!  I was quite happy to see that my son was caught up with folding so at the least laundry baskets are empty except for socks:)


I will be using the 5S process to get this room in order.  5S is an organizational method that is used as part of Lean and Six Sigma and stands for; Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.

Most likely I will try to address one of these each week to make the process a little less overwhelming and will be reporting my process as I accomplish each one.  During my reporting I'll go into a little more depth about the meaning of the process. 

This week I'll be tackling the Sort process.  I have already identified several large categories that I need to find solutions for (clean clothes, stockpile items, give away items, photos/scrapbook items, sewing items, etc).  I'll keep you updated!

How do you plan out a major organization project?  I'll be linking this up at I'm an Organizing JunkieStuff and Nonsense and The Shabby Nest.

By the way, I haven't forgotten my other project (you can read about that here).  With this heatwave I haven't wanted to do a lot of manual labor, so that's getting pushed aside until the heat breaks.






7 comments:

  1. That looks exactly like the laundry room I grew up with... my parents finally got it under control after all the kids moved out. I wish you luck in getting yours tackled much, much sooner than that!

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  2. I'm hoping to get it under control before the kids move out too! It seems like every year I do this but I have trouble moving to the sustain mode. Hopefully I'll come up with some good storage tools to keep it under control! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Some things take more time, my latest post is another example. Good luck!

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  4. Loved the baskets that you had in your amoire. I can't wait until I get to the point where I can design my storage system, you're looks great.

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  5. I didn't get any of my organizing goals completed this week--decided to not do a post but I sure do need to get busy despite having my daughter and 5 children now living in the house. Never a dull moment....today it was the 2 and 3 year old completely covering themselves in lipstick and me spending over 2 hours trying to clean carpets while my 14 yr old attempted to bathe them. Now I have a pink bathtub yet to contend with!!

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  6. You can do it! A clean laundry room makes doing laundry so much more pleasant!

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  7. Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

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