I think the number-one questions I get asked is, "Where should I start organizing?" Well, maybe that's the second-most-asked, after "Have you ever seen a worse mess?" And the answer to that one is always, truthfully, yes. Way worse.
"Where should I start organizing?" is an important question - it says that you've probably tried getting organized before, and you never even really got started because you didn't know how. It says you maybe couldn't even try it on your own because you felt totally overwhelmed just thinking about the project. It says you're ready to try again, and you just need a little help, and a little direction.
The good news: there's no right answer. You get to pick the starting point that's right for you. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to figure out where that place is:
What bugs you the most? I bet you know exactly where in your home drives you the most crazy. It's that room you don't want to go into, that pile you walk by while averting your eyes. Imagine how amazing you'd feel if that monkey was off your back.
What will benefit you the most in your everyday life? If you're going to invest time and money in getting organized, it makes sense to invest in something you'll use and enjoy often. For some people, that's their kitchen, where they make meals every day. For others, it's their bathroom or closet, where they spend time every morning and evening.
What you'll see the first thing in the morning? How you start your day has a big impact on how the rest of it goes. If you open your eyes to a disaster, you may feel chaotic and out of control all day. If your morning opens in an organized, calm space, it tends to help start your day out right.
What you'll see when you get home every day? Having a calm, peaceful haven to come home to can make a world of difference after a tough day. Picture the first things you see when you open your front door - now picture that same space clear, open, and organized. See what I mean?
What can give you an easy win? None of us likes to start with the hard stuff. Right now I'm working my way through old Monday and Tuesday New York Times crossword puzzles - I gotta work my way up to the Sundays. It can help to try a smaller, simpler organizing project first so you get comfortable with the process and know what to expect. Then you'll be ready for the garage!
Wherever you choose to start organizing, know that it's the right place for you. You can take on what you want, how you want, at the speed you feel comfortable. And don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.