Creating Space with Intention is something that most Professional Organizers do regularly with their clients. Many of them use the SPACE system or something similar when helping clients with the organizing process. This system and the acronym was created by Professional Organizer and Author Julie Morgenstern and it’s a tried and true system that I follow with all my client organizing projects. I’m happy to share how what the acronym stands for below because I find it can be useful in understanding the steps and process that can help lead to a more organized SPACE:
Sort-This begins by gathering everything in one category together. By doing this you know what ALL you have and can move on to the next step.
Purge-Only by knowing what you have can you start to make decisions about what to keep. Purging is really DECIDING what you need or if you can get rid of it (donate, recycle, trash).
Assign-Now that you have decided what to keep, give it a home.
Contain-You know what you’ve got and where it will live, what would make keeping things in order easier? Do you need additional containers? Take measurements, make labels…commit these items to live in this space.
Equalize-What this really means is Evaluate…after living with your newly organized system, take the time after a week, a month and beyond to make adjustments as needed. This means maintaining the system (and from time to time going back through the SPACE process).
One part of this process that isn’t accounted for in this acronym is setting intention or creating a reason/goal for creating the space in the first place! Most of us have heard the statement: nature abhors a vacuum (horror vacui) by Greek physicist-philosopher Parmenides that a void or vacuum, in nature, cannot exist, so be careful what you create. I say this only with a word of caution, create space and it will be re-filled, will it be filled by something of your choosing or with clutter? Once you decide, set an intention for what you intend for this space and create a system to support it which will make your efforts more likely to succeed. Organizing isn’t a one and done process but it is a Process that’s both worth investing in and worth maintaining. How’s your SPACE? Need help going through this process? Fill out the “Help me Get Organized” form.