My cleaner tells me that my house is “ridiculously organized”. LOL It begs me to ask the question, “why is it ridiculous to be organized?” Organization can make your life more efficient and productive. Having a neat, decluttered home is a good start to getting the rest of your life in order. Reducing clutter reduces stress.
January is a great time to do this. It’s when we want to make a fresh start and resolve to live a better life, and better yet, it’s when all the stores have organizing solutions on sale. Look in the flyers this week and see all the discounts on baskets, totes, closet organizers, storage units, shelving, cabinets, etc. for every room in the house plus the garage.
Most people like the idea of living a more simplified life with less “stuff” but don’t know where to start. It can seem overwhelming but I’m going to give you some tips to try to make it a little easier on you. Over the next four weeks, I will be posting little blogs with some suggestions to help you transform your home and life.
The hardest part of decluttering is getting started. Think of it as a game. Create a list of short-term and long-term goals and designate a reward for completing a task. Post the list somewhere visible to remind yourself of what you want to accomplish and to motivate you to stop procrastinating and get your butt in gear. Don’t bite off more than you can chew at once – start with the easier tasks like a closet, the fridge, a book shelf, or kitchen cabinets – and set a time limit to get it done. Pacing yourself will help you avoid getting distracted. Once you get going, you will be amazed at the results and will want to do more.
Schedule a weekend to get the family involved in larger projects. Get boxes and garbage bags ready and purchase some storage/organizational items. Use your imagination or check online to get ideas on repurposing items.
Every room has a special purpose. With our busy lifestyles, we tend to leave things lying around in random places rather than taking the time to put them back where they belong. It is important that you designate a place for everything and keep it in its rightful place. If you don’t know where something belongs, maybe you don’t need it.
Take time to visualize the room and decide what you want to keep and how you would like it to look when you are done. Remove everything from the room and sort into 3 piles – Keep; Garbage; Donate or Sell. You may want to create a 4th pile – Maybe. If you have items that you hate to part with now or think you may use in the future, put them in a box and store for at least 6 months. Go through it again at that time to decide if you really need it – chances are you won’t. Don’t forget to CLEAN everything and then put the items that you have kept back into the room, organizing it as you had visualized.
Stay tuned for more organizing tips coming up. Here’s a few pictures to show you what a few hours work can achieve. Good luck. Feel free to contact me if you would like some help getting started.