Going Tiny required a certain amount of organization to accomplish. . .okay it required a lot! During my journey, I realized that in some ways I had no idea how to get started on downsizing. . .and I am a professional organizer!
The good news is after I stopped panicking, which I assure you I did, I leveraged my experience as an organizer to make the transition from 1,800 square feet to just over 200 square feet. The good news is the steps I took to downsize can be applied to almost any project. Here’s what worked for me.
Step 1: I looked at the transition as a series of phases.
Phase 1: Identify what I wanted in my Tiny House to make it both functional and comfortable
Phase 2: Figure out what to keep and what to get rid of in terms of my possessions
Phase 3: Downsize my stuff
Phase 4: Move in and get settled!
(I will go into a lot more detail for each of the phases later, so stay tuned!)
Step 2: Once I had broken the project down into phases I identified the steps I needed to take to complete each phase.
Writing down the steps I needed to take to complete each phase made the project much less overwhelming. Even though these lists were long, they made the overall project seem much more achievable because they gave me small parts to focus on and a clear idea of where I needed to go.
Step 3: I was deliberate in scheduling time each day to complete the project.
It is often easy to come up with the “what we need to do” list, but much harder to actually take action. By committing just a little time each day to work on a project (10-15 minutes a day was a good start for me), I made it easier to focus on what needed to get done without getting “paralyzed” by my lists. This daily progress also helped me build momentum that made the whole process more fun.
Step 4: I celebrated my progress!
I celebrated with phone calls to my family to tell them about what I accomplished, I bought my favorite ice cream as a treat and a few times I just took time away from the transition. It’s often easy to get so focused on all the things we have left to do that we forget to enjoy the progress we are making as we go. So take time to celebrate.
These were the 4 most important steps I took to get organized enough to go Tiny. So what’s your next project?
Share your favorite tips for getting organized enough to complete a big project.