SORT and Succeed Organizing Projects

Whether you consider yourself a “hot mess” or a professional always striving for more productivity, SORT and Succeed can get you to your organizing goals this year. As I have in past years, I’ll post a daily article in January to help you stay motivated and become more organized. This week is on big organizing projects, like organizing a room or a closet. Next week’s articles will be on organizing maintenance. Then digital organizing, still using SORT and Succeed. Finally, we’ll organizing at home by focusing on the front end: shopping. Let’s start with some Sort and Succeed organizing projects.

SORT and Succeed card


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SORT and Succeed Organizing Projects

SORT and Succeed are five steps to help you organize anything, not just your rooms, but also your information, time, photos, and money. But let’s start with your stuff where you can easily and quickly see results.

In this video, I put away my mountain of holiday gift wrap using SORT and Succeed, and show you exactly how and when to use each of the five steps.

What are the Steps of SORT and Succeed?

  1. Start with a written plan of five words or less
  2. Organize things into groups
  3. Reduce, release, reset your space
  4. Tweak your space
  5. Succeed and celebrate every time

Here’s a graphic for you to screenshot on your phone.

organizing success


Need a different way to learn these five steps? Here’s a SORT and Succeed jingle. Yep, I created a song to help you remember how to SORT and Succeed.

What Makes SORT and Succeed Different?

I want to help you get over the three HUGE speed bumps that I see in the organizing process for most people:

  1. Organizing feels different in different spaces. With these five steps, organizing is the same thing, every time.
  2. Getting started is too hard. It’s overwhelming, especially when everything seems like it’s a mess, and there’s never enough time to do it all. With Step 1, you are laser focused with a 5-word goal. It only takes a minute.
  3. Emotions short circuit organizing before you even begin. SORT and Succeed starts with a goal and grouping, delaying the emotional work to the right point, in Step 3. By then, you are into organizing, not paralyzed.

What’s In It For Me?

You get to Step 5 every time you organize, whether you work for three hours or three minutes. And EVERY TIME, you get to claim a prize. Fun! What is the prize? You decide. Bigger rewards for bigger projects. Smaller reward for smaller projects.

Remember this, even a little bit of progress is still progress.

a little progress is still more than no progressImage from the Upbeat, Organized Home Office. 

Is SORT and Succeed for Big Organizing Projects or Everyday Use?

Yes! Both! SORT and Succeed will help you dig out of that messy hole you’re in.

It can help you find the bottom of your closet.

It gets your car back in the garage.

It lets you put away the holiday ornaments without tears.

But applied in smaller doses, it can help you KEEP your closet and counters and mail more organized. It can help you learn how to get out of the house in the morning without forgetting your essentials. It can help bring you peace every day.

If you’d like to learn more, pick up a copy of the book here in any of its formats: ebook, paperback, or audiobook.

But Does SORT and Succeed Work?

Well, you’ll be doing the work. 🙂  But with these five easy steps, this rinse-and-repeat system, you’ll be able to get organized and see results quickly, even if you’re stuck right now or if you’ve never considered yourself an organized person.

How long will it take? It depends on your project, your energy, and how fast you make decisions. You can transform a whole space in just three hours, or you can take longer to go through the SORT and Succeed steps.

Just keep doing the next step. You’ve got this.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below on what organizing projects you have underway or want to start. Even a small project like clearing off your bedroom dresser top is worth celebrating. I read every single comment, and I’d love to hear from you.

For a little more inspiration, you can click here to see SORT and Succeed in action in a craft room organizing project.

colorful craft room organizing before and after


January 2024 Organizing Articles (bookmark this page)

  1. SORT and Succeed Organizing Projects (this article)
  2. NYC Subway Tokens…and Organizing
  3. Step 1- Start with a Written Plan of 5 Words or Less
  4. Step 2- Organize into Groups
  5. It’s GO Month (Get Organized Month)
  6. Step 3- Reduce, Release, Reset
  7. Book Review: Rightsize Today to Create Your Best Life Tomorrow
  8. Step 4- Tweak your Space
  9. Step 5- Succeed and celebrate
  10. The Organizing Elephant in the Room

Week 2: SORT and Succeed as Organizing Maintenance

11. SORT and Succeed as Organizing Maintenance

12. Organizing Maintenance- Step 1- Start with a Written Plan for Organizing Maintenance

13. Organizing Maintenance-Step 2- Organize Into Groups- SORT and Succeed

14. Organizing Maintenance- Step 3- Reduce, Release, Reset- Sort and Succeed

15. Organizing Maintenance- Step 4- Tweak- Sort and Succeed

16. Organizing Maintenance- Step 5- Succeed and Celebratet- Sort and Succeed

17. A Rollicking Good Time: Downsizing

18. Things People with Nice Smelling Closets Always Do

19. 10 Reasons Your Closets Look Cluttered

20. How to Declutter Books

21. Our Kids Have Too Much Stuff

22. Organize Your Digital Life- Step 1

23. Organize Your Digital Life- Step 2

24. Organize Your Digital Life- Step 3

25. Organize Your Digital Life- Step 4

26. Organize Your Digital Life- Step 5

27. Anxiety and Organizing

28. Good Enough Organizing

29. The Best Kitchen Trash Can