The Language of Organizing

When you learn a new sport or begin a new hobby, there is almost always a learning curve. There are teammates to meet, rules to learn and new terms to familiarize yourself with. The same is true with organizing and with a Professional Organizer. Here are a few key terms you may hear:

1. Co-locate: Verb meaning to group like-items with like-items. You do this every time you place your towels in the linen closet or put a pen back into the pen cup on your desk. When beginning to organize, co-locating is a great place to start because you can then assess how much of everything you have and address questions such as, “Do I need to buy more?”, “Do I really need all of these?”, “How big does the container for these need to be?”

2. Purge: Verb meaning to let go of a group of items. Purging can occur anytime during the organizing process. For many people, this is the most liberating aspect of organizing because it is a chance to let go of old items that may weigh them down or items that you already have too many of, creating space to move around in their space!

3. Macro and Micro Organizing: Macro is the big stuff. Micro is the little. Now, these can be different for every project. For example, if the space is very cluttered, then the Macro might be to clear the floors and furniture of clutter and the Micro would be to get into your drawers and label clothing or filing systems. However, if the most unorganized thing is that one pesky junk drawer then the macro could be co-locating items and micro would be to sort push pins by color or even to simply purchase a drawer organizer and place items into it. So, you see, it is not the size of the job, it is detailed someone wants to go!

We hope to hear you have taken up organizing as a hobby and that these terms help you navigate this exciting, new language!

Share with us what new terms you are learning!


Erin Hodge, blogging for Charm City Organizers