The perfect space to live in would most likely be a space that makes you feel good when you’re in it. It looks neat and tidy, not cluttered, and everything is placed in the most convenient spot. A place where you could always find what you were looking for. It’s easy to be there, it’s not distracting, it’s orderly, it’s relaxing, because the order simply makes things easier and life better. Sounds wonderful, huh?
You know, this is actually possible.
Many are asking how to organize your living space and improve your life. Why be organized? How do I stay organized? How does it improve my life to be organized? Let’s jump on this journey together and get back to spending time doing what we love instead of moving stuff to look for stuff.
How Being Organized Improves Your Life?
Being able to find what you need when you need it saves time. Time is valuable, we can’t get back one second in life, so why waste it looking for stuff when we don’t have to. It’s easier to live life organized and stay on top of being organized than to have to spend the time decluttering and reorganizing. It’s easier to put something away as you’re walking by than to end up with a pile that takes a lot more time to put away. Being organized makes life more convenient.
When you can find the item you’re looking for you don’t need to go buy another one and waste money on something you’re pretty sure you already have, if you could find it. Or waste the time it takes to go buy what you already think you have, if you could find that. Living organized is a win-win situation.
CREATES ORDER AND CALMNESS
Peace of mind is priceless. Decluttering and getting organized helps you de-stress. The frustration of trying to find things is over when we get organized and live from that place. There is something that happens when you go through your things, cleaning, getting rid of stuff you no longer need or want and then, putting it back together in an orderly manner, that makes life easier. It just makes us feel better, like a weight comes off or maybe we feel we have better control of our life again.
CREATES MORE SPACE
If you’re short on space or need to make room for something else, start with decluttering and organizing. You might find that after you organize you don’t really need that big old ugly cabinet in the garage anymore and you can pull your car inside. Or you really don’t need to rent a storage unit if you just got rid of some stuff.
PASS ON A GREAT LIFE SKILL TO YOUR KIDS
Providing an organized home and showing your kids how to be organized with their space will affect them as adults in their own homes, career and life. You are equipping them better to live a more peaceful life. Plus, it’s an opportunity to build confidence as they help take care of things they own. When my kids were young they would give me the hardest time not wanting to help be organized or putting their things away. As they got older they would ask me to help them get organized. Now they love it and live it too. I’m a proud Momma.
YOUR SPACE LOOKS CLEANER WHEN ITS TIDY
You might not have vacuumed or dusted for a week or two but when things are put away it just appears cleaner. My friends would come over and say, your house always looks so clean. I would say, thank you. But I realized my space looked clean just because I had a great habit of putting stuff away.
How Do I Get Organized?
CREATE 5 PILES
You will need something to put your stuff in when you sort thru the items. Name the sorting containers or boxes, Other Room, Trash, Donate, Sell, and Bless Someone.
Sorting thru your stuff helps you see what you actually have. Putting like things together helps you know where it all will fit when you find it’s permanent place. The items that stay in the room you are decluttering and organizing can go on a table or counter while you are sorting. You can bring in folding tables to assist your task.
GET RID OF STUFF
If you realize you haven’t used something in forever, sell it, bless somebody with it or donate it. If it’s trash, throw it out. If you have something that brings up a bad memory when you see it, make it disappear, not just move it to another spot in your space but release that thing. It’s freeing to get rid of excessive stuff, it takes a load off that you didn’t realize you were carrying.
PUTTING YOUR STUFF AWAY
One reason things pile up on counters, tables, stairs and floors is they have no specific place to be stored. Think about the room and create ease of use. Storing items in the room where they are used helps make sure they get put away when you’re finished. It works out best to store similar items together. If it’s something you use frequently make sure the storage place is easy to get to, convenience matters.
LABELING AND CONTAINERS
I love labeling containers. It makes it easy for you and others to find things and to put things away. You can be all fancy and print out labels with a printer, it looks good for sure, or just write nicely on blank chalkboard labels. These make the project fun, by stepping up your organizing. I don’t write on the actual container because sometimes I change the use for that container. Also, using clear plastic containers to separate and store items helps you see into the container and find things quickly.
I basically stage everything, staging is the practice of styling furnishings, accessories, etc. within your home. I can’t even stop staging, it’s my passion, my closets look good, so I use affordable, on sale, pretty containers. My preference is they have a lid and sturdy handles on the sides. Attractive containers are nice to see when you open your closet and it looks cute BUT it encourages you to stay organized.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE JUNK DRAWER
Promise yourself to go thru it every week and put things away faithfully so you keep your organized status. If you have a spouse that is not tidy make sure they have their own junk drawer. Let them do whatever they want with their drawer and keep your mouth shut. Eventually they get sick of it being packed so full that nothing else fits and they go thru it. Plus, then you kind of know where to find something of theirs if you needed a place to start. Unfortunately, it took me years to figure this out.
PUT ON SOME GREAT MUSIC AND ENJOY YOURSELF!
Dance, sing and have fun decluttering and organizing your space and ultimately your life. It will be life changing to live from the advantage of being organized. You can make any task that seems like a challenge fun if you have a good attitude.
How Do I Stay Organized?
Create a habit of tidying up every day
It takes a minute of your time compared to all the time and effort you put into getting organized. When I find something that belongs in a room upstairs I put the item at the side of the stairs and as I’m walking up next time I take it with me. Typically, you are walking by the place something is kept, so put it away really quick. And teach your family the same thing.
No more mail clutter
After you pick it up, go thru it right away. Put your bills or important mail in your designated location for important documents and throw out any junk mail. It takes less than 3 minutes even if you waited a week to pick up your mail.
What to do with your kid’s artwork?
If you don’t want to look at all of your kid’s artwork on the refrigerator at the same time, create a special folder or use a memory box. Let them design their special folder to hold the art. After a week or two of viewing the beautiful masterpieces put them in their special place. When the folder is full, weed thru it when they aren’t looking, keep your favorites, and put them in a keepsakes box for when they are older.
To Wrap It All Up…..
Take back control of your space. Spend time doing what you love instead of moving stuff to look for stuff. Your days of feeling overwhelmed from stuff all over can end beginning today. It’s easier to stay on top of being organized than to have to spend the time decluttering and reorganizing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, do what works best for you and make your life easier.