Home organization may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you break it down into 5 steps, it is much more manageable. Once you have these 5 steps down, you can apply them to anything you need to organize in your home, office, or any other space that needs a good once-over.
How to Get Started with Home Organization:
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Commit to home organization.
The commitment to home organization is a huge motivating factor. Once you've decided to have a more organized home, the delcuttering, sorting, grouping, storing and maintaing your home organization will be easier, because you have a goal in mind: home organization.
When you're deep into the declutteirng phase, it's hugely motivational to think about how this room or space will look once you're done. Make the commitment.
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Decide on a plan of action
Will you tackle your whole home in one weekend? That will lead to burn out. A better plan is to follow a schedule. Here's how I do it:
- First I decide which ares need to be organized (right now as I type this it's my linen closet, pantry and my entryway). Check out the full list here:
- I decide what to organize in my home.
- Then I plan an order to organize the rooms and spaces in my home.
- Finally, I figure out how much time I can dedicate.
- Is it a weekend morning?
- Can I do 30 minute after... work at night?
- Can I commit to working full time on this for an entire week?
Then I follow How-Tos found in my projects catalog. Each project is organized down by space and by timing (10 minutes, 30 minutes, or weekend projects)
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Declutter before you organize.
Never organize or store anything you can first get rid of. This includes:
- Trash and junk, like things you meant to toss, shred or recycle that never made it out of your house;
- Things you never use but are taking up valuable real estate; and,
- Items that no longer fit into your lifestyle, like jeans you haven't worn in 5 years or your old treadmill you never run on
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Grouping and sorting for home organization.
Now that you've decluttered, it't ime to start organizing your remaining items. This will involve the following:
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- Grouping "like" items together;
- Sorting clothes, furniture and appliances by season; and,
- Creating groups based on use: daily / regularly / rarely
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Give everything a home.
Storing your items will involve:
- Assessing your storage space;
- Learning how to store specific items; and then
- Choosing the right storage solutions.
This is really the key to keeping up your home organization: if you have a specific place for everything in your home you will successfully cut down on clutter, and know exactly where to find things when you need them.
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