How Long To Organize a Room?

LaundryRm- After2On Day 5 of my Real Life Organizing series, I broke the news to you that being organized will likely take the rest of your life. What I didn’t address {and something I get asked about frequently} is how long it takes to organize a room or a space in your home. Even if I organize 50 kitchens for 50, the time it takes to complete may be drastically different. People have different tastes, styles, personalities. Their kitchens have different appliances, tools, configurations, and storage space. And, they may all work at a drastically different pace.

Regardless, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a list of the average time it takes to organize a room in the average home:

  • Reach-in Closet: 4-8 hours
  • Home Office, including files: 12-24 hours
  • Bedroom: 8-12 hours
  • Master Bedroom: 8-20 hours
  • Kitchen: 10-16 hours
  • Garage: 16-32 hours

Please note that I have not seen your space and the number of hours I’ve listed here is purely an average. Some spaces can be done more quickly. There are quite a number of variables to consider, such as:

  • Current level of disorganization
  • The volume of items needing to be addressed
  • Size and accessibility of the space to be organized
  • The number of interruptions you allow
  • Your ability to make quick decisions
  • Your goals and level of motivation

If you have a closet where every cubic inch of space is used and you are having difficulty even clearing a walkway to what needs to be organized, it will require more time. If you allow yourself to get interrupted and each decision takes 10 minutes or more, you will need to carve out more time for each project.

If you are motivated, committed to making quick decisions, and are able to stay focused during the time you have dedicated to organizing your room or space, you’ll be able to complete it quickly. And, if you create a plan and have a consistent process, you’ll be able to tackle your whole house in a few months time.

Do my averages sound right to you? What is the quickest you’ve been able to organize a room in your home? Please let me know in the comments. And be sure to check back tomorrow…I’ll be sharing my process for taking on an organizing project- the whole magilla!

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