Janine Adams is a certified professional organizer who has worked hard to become the expert that she is today. She has spent years figuring out solutions for herself and loves sharing the tactics that worked for her with others. Her blog Peace of Mind Organizing is filled with tips and tricks to organize and live a more productive life.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Who or what inspired you to get more organized? Any origin stories on how you got started in becoming an expert?
I was a writer for ten years prior to opening Peace of Mind Organizing. I’ve always been organized inside my head—able to organize large events and lots of details—but I’m naturally messy. Throughout my adult life I’d looked for solutions to help me be less messy and feel more in control. When I was working on my eighth book, I was facing serious burnout and knew that the only way I could finish it is if I knew it were my last book. I hit upon the idea of opening an organizing business so that I could share what I’d learned over the years with others. It turned out to be a great choice for me. Since then I’ve taken many classes, become certified, and worked with hundreds of clients. I really enjoy helping people gain control of their lives and surroundings.
2. What piece of advice would you give people that want to start organizing but don’t know where to begin?
Start with creating a vision for your space. Think about why you want to get organized and what that will do for you. Then pick a small, high-impact space to get started. (Like a single cupboard or a single drawer or even a single shelf in a closet.) If you’re feeling overwhelmed, set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes and work on sorting the contents of that small space and making decisions about whether to keep items. Stay focused until the timer goes off, then take a break.
3. What is your favorite space to organize?
I absolutely love organizing junk drawers (which I like to rename “utility drawers” after they’re organized). I love that they’re small spaces, usually chaotic, and that it can be so easy to create order by decluttering, sorting, and using some drawer dividers. It’s about as close to instant gratification as I get in my work.
4. A new tip that that is super low cost but has made a big impact in the past year?
I just love organizing tea bags on end in a $5 narrow drawer divider that’s 3 inches wide by 2 inches high (like one of these). The container can hold a lot of tea bags with a small footprint, and makes the tea bags so easy to access. It’s a huge improvement over a bunch of boxes of tea bags.
5. Do you have any organization goals that you’re working towards in the next year?
In my own home, we’re renovating our 100+-year-old basement which will require some major decluttering at the beginning and reorganization after it’s finished (not to mention project management!). After helping scores of clients make peace with their basements, I’m thrilled at the prospect of having a basement I can love!
Find Janine on http://www.peaceofmindorganizing.com/