Living in an organized house helps to make it a peaceful and less chaotic home. Let's face it, life is quite chaotic most of the time. But your home doesn't have to be.
When you have an organization system in place, it's easy to keep this chaos under control.
It won't matter if you have kids, pets, a spouse or just live alone. Having a system in place makes being at home a peaceful, heavenly experience.
But when you start any type of organization project, you never know where to start first. Right?
The easiest thing to do is to just start somewhere small. Start with a drawer. Start with one cupboard. Start with one shelf.
Then once you finish that one area, move on to the next area.
This right here is why I said above to start somewhere small. Pick one drawer. Pick one shelf. Pick one cupboard. Just make it easy on yourself.
The best thing about finishing one space is the momentum it gives you to keep on going forward and continuing the process.
When you start small, you are able to finish the first space, and easily move to the next space, because you have built the momentum to help you continue onto the next space.
This first step is to take the space that you have decided to start with today and empty everything out of it completely.
By emptying everything out of the space, you get to start again with a clean slate. Plus, it allows you to see everything that you have, assess what you actually need and don't need, and then make the most of that space.
The best way to tackle this step is to get three boxes or bins. Label each box as donate, toss or keep.
You've completed step one and emptied the space completely. Now you need to go through each item that you had in that space. As you go through each item, decide if it's something you want to donate, throw away or keep.
And put each item in the correctly labeled box or bin.
Most of the time, you don't need everything that was originally in that space.
If it's worn out or stained, just get rid of it.
If it's broken, get rid of it.
If you have multiples, get rid of it.
If you haven't used it in over a year, get rid of it.
You can't organize clutter. And there is no point in holding on to broken, worn or, stained stuff. Why do you really need 3 almost empty rolls of tape? Why do you need multiple copies of the same book?
So often we buy things we don't need and just let it accumulate. But when you organized and purge the things you really don't need or use, you can stop spending the money on useless things that are just going to cause clutter.
Next, you are going to group similar items together.
For example, I'm currently working on my kitchen. I have this huge drawer full of utensils. I would group all of the spoons together. I would group all of the spatulas together.
When they are grouped together, you can see what you have. And this also allows you to figure out what kind of organization supplies that you need to buy.
Now that you've got similar items grouped together, you can find the right organization supplies to store everything together in one easy spot.
The organization supplies that you use don't have to be expensive either. You can use things you already have - tissue boxes, shipping boxes (from all of those Amazon purchases), and even dollar store bins and containers.
You want to start with using the things that are most accessible to you, before you go spending hundreds of dollars on organization supplies.
If you want your system to be pretty, use pretty paper and tape to decorate the old boxes.
The easiest way to find things after you've moved them is to have labels.
But these labels not only help you, they help everyone else in your house as well, and even guests.
With labels, you easily know what is stored in each container instead of having to sort through each container just to find the one thing you are looking for.
Now that everything is grouped with similar items, it has it's own organization system and a label, it's time to put everything back into it's home.
If things were stuffed into this space before, they shouldn't be now because you eliminated some of the items from coming back into this space.
By having your organization system and labels in place, you will now be able to have more space (but this doesn't mean you need to go buy more stuff to fill it!) to put everything back where you want it to live. And you will be able to find things more easily and quickly.
This new system will also help you notice when you are running low on something and need to buy more, like paper towels, toilet paper and tissues.
This is going to be the hardest step of them all.
Most of the time, we get so cluttered and disorganized simply because we don't put things back where they belong when we are done with them.
And if you live with other humans, getting them to put everything back where they got it from will also be a chore.
But when everyone develops the habit of putting everything back where it goes, then the system will begin to work like magic. Everything will also be right where it should be. And you won't have to rely on mom's magic brain of knowing where every single little thing is.
No new system is perfect the first time around. Heck, even the second, third and fourth time it's not even perfect.
So when you are creating a new system for yourself and your home, you need to be okay with making changes to this new system.
Continue to tweak the system that you have until you do find one that works for you and your family the best. If something doesn't work right the first time around, find a new way to make it work for you.
Just because one person has said to create a system this way or that way and that's what you do, if it doesn't work for you, then change it.
It's true that organization is going to be much better than the cluttered chaos that is going on now, but you don't have to settle on the very first system that you find. You really want the system that you use to work for you.
This process is completely repeatable. It makes creating a home organization system easy. You can organize every space in your house with ease. And you can do this over and over again.
Creating a home organization system doesn't have to be hard or overwhelming. Follow these simple 8 steps and repeat it over and over again every time you need to organize any space in your house until you no longer have any areas of your home that need to be organized. (But you will always have areas that need to be organized.)
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