Today I want to talk about organizing your home, yourself, your family and your life. It all starts with the little things. I find personally that I will organize one drawer or cupboard and that starts a domino effect, with me working my way slowly through the rest and then on from room to room. I must admit I love organizing and its very addictive. So lets get started with the little things.
Small organizing actions are the seeds of creating an organized home and little steps are what success is all about. Daily routines, little rituals, creating designated places for things and taking a few minutes to make space to get organized can rapidly propel you to creating order in your home. Just a warning, organizing feels so good and the rewards are so great it can be addictive and once you follow these organizing tips and experience the benefits organizing brings, you’ll want to organize more!
Containers Think about containers that co-ordinate and sort out smaller clutter in the different rooms of your home: for example different size baskets with or without lids look great in the bathroom. For kitchen clutter Some organizing tips are to use boxes, A4 magazine holders, baskets or jars. Keep them in the same color and use them to get in control of all your surface and small clutter. For a streamlined, less cluttered look get lots of the same boxes in one colour. Labels Are what keep you organized and every box in your home needs to have a label. This not only helps you find what you need, it helps you put things back in the right place. You can label a container with a category name or detail the contents
Edit, edit edit How many plastic containers do you really need or want in the cupboard or drawer?How many clear vases can be filled with flowers at one time? How many ugly pens you got for free do you need? Its a good idea to go through your cupboards and wardrobes every 6 months and do a purge. It opens up the way for new to come in.
One in – one out When getting something new get rid of something old. If you get a new item of clothing, see if there is an old item of clothing you can either give away or throw out. If I get something new I check the cupboards to see what I haven’t used or worn for awhile, then I give away or donate that item to charity.
Rotate your collections It’s not necessary to display all your belongings all the time. Switch items around when you feel the need for a change. I like doing this with the different seasons
Buy White Buy day to day supplies in white, no print, no color, just pure white. Paper towels, toilet brush, dish towels, toilet paper, candles, napkins, the list goes on. White looks clean and fresh and doesn’t draw attention to the boring day to day stuff we all need
Organize your finances Good money management is critical to living a successful organized life and a good financial organizing tip is to put your bills in one place. If you loose bills, incur late fees make this a priority.The key to success is to set up reminders on your calendar in red, on your computer, post it note what ever you need to do to pay bills on time. Late fees are a total waste of time and a source of unnecessary guilt and friction.Organizing your bills in a file, binder or drawer in a designated place is a baby step towards clutter free and organized money management. This puts your bills in order for easy access and psychologically begins to create clarity around your finances.
Separate for better visibility This is so important and is a strong step towards setting limits and preventing over crowding of any space. A little space around every item creates a sense of order and looks neater. and goes a long way to organizing your home. Think about wooden hangers which give clothes breathing space, drawer dividers and uncluttered surfaces which will give your home a sense of calm and comfort.
Plan rewards for yourself The most enjoyable home organization tip of all is to reward yourself and celebrate your success for the shifts in thinking and the actions you are taking to make life easier.Organizing is all about making the time, money and space to enjoy and make the most of your life. Make sure to include in your time out something you want to do personally for yourself. Try reconnecting with someone you value. This may be non busy time with your children where you talk and listen, call a friend to say hi, coffee alone in the morning with your husband or wife, or just wishing some one well.
Eliminate all your paper clutter Another important organizing tip is to begin to eliminate all your paper clutter. Buy an A4 notebook and start to write your do lists, messages, and small bits of information in the one notebook. Next time you need to look for that one off address or the phone number of the plumber your friend recommended it will be recorded in your notebook.Writing all information in one place means you no longer loose it, no longer have to look for it and saves you countless hours of frustration over time as well as decreasing paper pile ups. The key to success is to put it in an accessible place with a plan.
Start a daily organizing routine A top tip is to start a daily organizing routine that includes the entire family. One of the easiest routines is a daily family pick up. Select aside ten minutes after dinner, set a timer and for ten minutes every member of your family picks up and puts away.This saves you hours of housework a week, encourages teamwork and with a little music can be a fun activity to do. Most kids can cope with ten minutes of picking up and just starting this as a family quickly morphs into an unconscious habit and often you will find when the ten minutes are up everyone keeps on working! If you want to reclaim hours of time start this today.
- 12 Tips for an Organized Kitchen (organizingbyyve.wordpress.com)
- Great Tools for Organizing Drawers (orgjunkie.com)
- Purge paper and get organized at home (redding.com)
- Order in the Bathroom (simpleighorganized.com)
- Pick the Home Organizing Approach that Works for You (apartmentguide.com)