Have you tried and tried to organize and maintain a clean house only for it to end up exactly as it was before? For many years I would spend days cleaning out an area and within hours it was back to the way it was. That is, until a few years ago when I changed my method. Here are a few tried and true tips that have helped me contain the chaos in our home!
Disclaimer – There will always be days and seasons when life gets the best of us and these counters will be piled with paperwork, school projects, and just stuff in general. I have to remind myself often to take a deep breath and work through one pile at a time. We can do this!
one | set your expectations
Before you begin, visualize your space and think about how you can best use the space. Make your space work for you – not the other way around!
two | share your vision with your family
This step is, without a doubt, the most important step of the process. For so long I would selfishly organize a space without taking into consideration the rest of my family. Your family needs to understand your expectation (see step one!) so that they can help you with the vision for your shared space.
three | know your space
Be realistic about the amount of space you have. You can’t create space that isn’t there so use your space wisely!
four | know your stuff
One of the most important organization rules I have implemented is that you keep similar items in one space – not spread out all over your house. What does that mean? It means that like items are stored together and stored in one area of the house. This has helped with my spending as well. I no longer buy items simply because I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I now know exactly where the scissors or tape is located and can quickly put them away when I am done.
Knowing your stuff also means that you can’t store more stuff than space you have room for (see step three). If you only have four cabinets and two drawers in your bathroom, then you will need to only keep items that will fit into four cabinets and two drawers.
five | snap before and after pictures
This has truly been a game changer for me. It’s a great reminder of how far you’ve come when you can visually look back and see what your area looked like before you started to organize.
six | be comfortable with your style and skills
Pinterest is such a great place to be inspired – and also the ultimate discouragement!
Take your time to get to know what you truly like AND what you and your family are capable of. If your are a whiz with a Cricut and can make super cute labels for your storage boxes – go for it! But, if that isn’t your gift, don’t let it sideline you into not dealing with your chaos. Find a way that works for you and take the next step!
seven | get started!
For me, this is one of the hardest parts! I look at the mess and it can seem so overwhelming! But, if I don’t start, it won’t get done.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and do as much as you can. I’m always amazed at how much I can do in a short amount of time – and also a bit frustrated at the time I waste procrastinating!
I would love to say that home organization is a one and done deal but, unfortunately, it’s not. It’s a daily choice, made by all members of your family, to work towards the vision that you have created for your space.
Good luck and if I can help encourage you, please comment below! This process isn’t easy and it’s always nice to have a yay-sayer in your corner! We can do this!
Here are a few posts on how I put these tips and tricks into practice!