What is it about an organized clean room that feels so right? I love to sit down in a space in my house that has been tidied and neat. Organizing your home can make your day so much better. But getting motivated is the hard part. I find myself looking at the same closet or room and feeling overwhelmed. Can anyone relate? Let me encourage you. There is a way to get that room under control. I have a system that works and has saved me lots of time over the years. I believe that you can do this system too and you will love the end results. So, where do we begin?
I bet you didn’t expect this to be your first step. But I think it pretty darn important especially if your hesitating on getting started. Find a friend who might be interested in doing some organizing at their house. Once you have that friend selected, share with each other what room you’re planning to do first. It’s important to have someone who will encourage you through this journey. It also helps to have someone to bounce ideas off of too. However, not everyone needs a partner, so if you decide not to have one, then that is okay too.
SELECT A SPACE
Sometimes knowing where to start is the hard part but let me assure you it can be the fun part. Begin with the room or closet that is the least overwhelming. Or start with the smallest space. If you’re feeling overwhelmed then starting small might be just the ticket because it will be less intimidating. A little more manageable. And you will finish quicker which will give you a sense of sanctification. If your still having trouble deciding which room to start with, discuss it with your accountability partner. Sometimes it helps to think out loud.
Oh my goodness, your thinking! I have not lost my mind. Start with one item at a time and pull it out and place it in a designated pile. For example, if it is trash put it in a garbage pile if it is a donated item make a collection if it goes in another room or closet make delivery stacks to that chamber. Once you have everything in a pile then put the donated items in your car, trash in the garbage can outside, and other items in their spaces.
DECORATING YOUR SPACE
Here is an excellent opportunity to give it a good cleaning and possibly some decorating. If it’s a closet, you can do some fun decor in there too. You might find you like keeping things tidy if there are a fresh, fun paint color and some lovely baskets with cute chalkboard labels. Click HERE to see more basket options. The main thing is to have some fun with this. And do what makes you feel pretty. A great place to get some ideas for decorating your space is to go to my Pinterest HERE. I have lots of boards with an abundance of ideas.
CREATE A PLAN
Here is another fun part. Now you have removed anything that doesn’t belong in the space, and left with many beautiful things to put back. Telling you how to create your plan is the tricky part because not every space is alike. But think about your space in compartments. Look at what is left to go into the room and divide it up into families. For example, if you are working on a linen closet make a stack of king size sheets, queen, full and twin. Then make a pile of blankets. Oh, and those items you maybe pull out once a year put them in a pile. They will go great in the out of reach space. Mainly, find a home for each item. If it doesn’t make sense to go in that area, then put it in another room.
ACCESSORIZE YOUR SPACE
Whether you plan to decorate or not it is vital to have some organizing pieces to help your items have a home. If you are working in the kitchen, look at compartments for your silverware HERE or canisters for your cooking utensils click HERE. There are many options out there. Look at companies that offer organizing pieces like AMAZON or BED, BATH & BEYOND. Their online stores are a great place to shop or plan.
PLACING EVERYTHING IN ITS NEW SPACE
Now we have everything divided, so let’s place it back in its space. Think neat! What I mean is take the time to stack it neatly or put it intentionally. And use those baskets or containers that you purchased as a part of your plan. Don’t be surprised if a holder doesn’t work or you need another size. That has happened to me many times.
Everything has a new home. How do you keep it that way? Well, my rule is that if I pick it up, then it is not leaving my hand until it goes in a designated pile to go to its space or I take it directly to its home. You spent a lot of time and effort to create this beautiful place then why not enjoy it for an unlimited amount of time. And don’t forget that family meeting where you share with everyone your new strategy for keeping it tidy. Believe it or not, most the time everyone else is proud of their new space too, and they will make an effort to keep it that way.
I am all about celebrating. When you finish your first project, you have my permission to reward yourself. Invite your accountability partner over to see the result. Go out and celebrate with your family or friend. But whatever you do make some time to pat yourself on the back. You deserved it!
What space do you plan to begin organizing in 2017!