If you’re feeling like the same four walls you have seen for the past six weeks could use a little organizing, you are not alone. 

Lil O’Keeffe, a professional organizer and owner of ABC – Anything But Chaos Professionals, said she is doing virtual consultations with clients and also working on her own projects at home. 

“Even for me as a professional organizer, this is hard,” she said. “We’re all in the same boat. I sat down and wrote myself the biggest to-do list you’ve ever seen.”

O’Keeffe said making your home more organized and comfortable can help, especially with parents working at home, kids learning at home and activities and entertainment all happening – at home.

Start by breaking down the list into rooms. 

“If you have a bonus room, when was the last time you went through the closets?” O’Keeffe said. 

Consider taking the time now to do a seasonal wardrobe shift for children’s clothes. Pack up the ones to save for next winter. Get the others ready for donation, to sell on consignment or to put away for a younger sibling.

This is great time to purge toys, books and arts and crafts items. 

“Tackle the bathroom cabinets,” O’Keeffe said. “How often do we have time to pull that out and take account of what we have.”

O’Keeffe said a deep dive into the cabinets and closets might even turn up some decidedly 2020 treasures, like an extra roll toilet paper or a bottle of hand sanitizer.

“If we have time now, let’s do the attic before the hot weather comes in,” she said. “Go through the Christmas decorations you’ve been meaning to get rid of.”

If you’re ready, tackle the heart of the home.

“Break the kitchen down into upper cabinets, lower cabinets, drawers, island,” O’Keeffe said. “Don’t look at it as one big project. Break it down into little pieces. In between, work on different projects. That keeps you motivated and interested.”

And remember to do some good for yourself and for others.

“Make a list of people you don’t talk with on a regular basis and drop a card in the mail,” O’Keeffe said. “We have time on our hands now to do those things for others.”

Take some “me” time to recharge. 

“For me, that’s a walk with the dog or doing sudoku or something like that,” O’Keeffe said. “Every day I consider, ‘what did I do for me time today?’ It might be reading a scripture or two chapters of a book or watching an episode. It can be as simple as a cup of tea. We have to cut that out for ourselves.”

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