After eight weeks of myths and mistakes we're heading down the home stretch with Organizing Myth #9: I Need A Free Weekend! Some organizing projects are bigger than others and take longer but if you're waiting for an entire free weekend to "get organized" don't kid yourself. First off, it can be difficult to block out an entire weekend to organize and frankly, who would be motivated by that? I know I wouldn't! Secondly, even if your entire home or office needs organizing help, you really don't need a free weekend to get organized. You can make significant organizing inroads using small chunks -- even tiny slivers of time.
The cool thing about decluttering is that you can do it a little at a time by weaving it into your regular life. Grab a messy drawer and declutter it while you watch tv in the evening. Take that pesky stack of papers in the car with you and sort it when you're stuck waiting in carpool line or at the doctor's office. Sneak a half hour to eyeball that hall closet and Freecycle the items you never use (or forgot you had). Steal 20 minutes to go through a few pantry shelves and get rid of expired items. Cull a single kitchen cabinet in 10 minutes.
You don't need an entire weekend. You really can declutter and organize your spaces bit by bit all week.