Four Easy Steps to a More Organized You

By Jill Fleming

I was born to organize.  I love the feeling that comes with helping someone conquer the clutter in their life.  The payoff for you is more space and time for the things you love.  And that is my passion!

I moved to Stapleton in 2012 with my husband after living in Chicago and working as a creative executive in local television.  My husband was born and raised in Arvada and we knew we’d come home.   And we’re so glad to be back!  I couldn’t wait to reinvent myself and in 2013 I launched SOS: Smart Organizing Solutions.  Since then, I’ve been helping people end their cumbersome relationship with clutter, as well as packing, staging and unpacking for moves.

With Spring upon us, it’s the perfect time to get organized.  After all, being organized creates more time, space and energy in your life to relax and do what you love.  And let’s face it, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do in Stapleton!  So where should you begin?


Don’t let the task ahead overwhelm you.  Don’t start by saying, “I need to organize my entire house.”  Start by saying, “I want to organize my closet so I can save time getting ready each morning.”  Or, “I want to clean out my garage so I can park my car in it.”  When you break it down into smaller, more manageable projects, you set yourself up for success.  And once you accomplish one goal, you’ll feel so good about yourself and what you did, you’ll be more than ready to tackle the next one.


Whether it’s a drawer, cabinet or whole closet, you need to take everything out of that space.  Then sort the items.  I use 4 basic categories:

1.     Keep

2.     Donate

3.     Trash

4.     Belongs Elsewhere


I find it helpful to have 4 bins or bags so I can toss items into the appropriate bin as I go.  At the end of your organizing time for the day, take the trash bin out and move the donate bin to your car so you can drop it off on your next trip out of the house.  You can move the elsewhere items into their proper rooms (but don’t worry about organizing those other spaces…just concentrate on the room you’ve already started).


Once you’re left with items you want in that space, it’s time to put them in their proper place.  There’s no right way or wrong way to organize.  It’s all about what works for you.  The things you use most often should be the most accessible – between neck and knee height and toward the front of a closet or cabinet.  Store things you rarely use up high and down low.


Finally, step back and congratulate yourself.  You’ve gotten started, and whether it’s one shelf, one cabinet or an entire room, you’re on your way to being more organized – which means you’re on your way to having more time to enjoy the things you love to do.

See you on the Stapleton trails or lounging poolside!

Need help getting started?  Or have a project in mind?  Let’s connect.  Visit me at

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