Use These Simple Steps to Organizing Your Home Now
Are you late leaving the house because you can’t find your car keys again? Do you miss appointments? Has your dining table has been converted to the household command center? You can change all that by using these quick tips to organize your home.
The first thing you need to know is that organizing is skill, a learned ability. A skill, which, with a little practice can be learned and applied to make your life easier in so many ways!
The next thing you need to consider is that organizing takes time. One of the most important steps in the organizing process is maintaining your organized space. That takes time, just a few minutes a day, but it's a critical part of keeping your home organized and clutter-free.
Most people think that they can organize their home once and for all. Not true. Organizing any room (or closet for that matter) can take 3-8 hours, depending on the project. Who has that kind of time to commit to clearing clutter when we have so many other time obligations?
So, instead of waiting until you have time to organize a room all at once, use these 5 Quick-Start Organizing Tips to Get Started.
Stand in the middle of a "disorganized" room and look around. What bothers you the most? Is it the dining table that is used for everything but dining? Are your kitchen countertops consumed by unused appliances? What about the kids' toys, or video games, or discarded clothes and shoes scattered about? What one change would make it more visually appealing to you? Do something about the one area that is bothering you the most, live with it for a few days, and you will feel motivated to tackle another cluttered area.
Even if the entire room is cluttered and disorganized, think about working on one very small target area at a time. Pull out a kitchen drawer and sort through it while you are watching TV in the evening. Take 10 minutes to clean off one of the piles of paper on your desk. Collect and remove all of the outdated magazines and catalogs sitting by your favorite reading chair. Remove outdated and unused items from your medicine cabinet. Containing clutter in small areas will give you confidence to tackle bigger projects.
Turn Keepsakes Into Containers
Using your keepsakes instead of showcasing them can reduce clutter and bring a new appreciation to the items you value so much in your life. For example, use an antique sugar bowl to store cotton balls in the medicine cabinet. Use a souvenir shot glass to store q-tips or toothpicks. Small decorative boxes can be used to keep spare buttons or paper clips out of sight. A decorative coffee mug makes a great pencil holder. Take inventory of your special keepsakes and put any to use that have storage capabilities.
Instead of thinking about how to get rid of the clutter, turn your attention to what happens in that space, and how removing the clutter can make the space more functional. Think about your daily routines: getting ready in the morning, preparing meals, doing homework. Begin organizing activity centers that support your needs. Sort through the clutter and arrange items according to where they are used instead of where they typically get dropped at the end of the day.
For example, dedicate a space near your entry door to store what you need when you enter and leave your house. If you are continually looking for your keys, hang an inexpensive cup hook on the wall next to the door. Add a shelf to that area for your cell phone, and a mail basket to drop incoming mail.Live with your system for a while, and continually refine it to suit your lifestyle.
Put Things Away
So much clutter comes from simply not putting things back in their proper place when you are done using them. This is the easiest way to keep clutter under control. Each time you use an item be sure to put it back where it belongs as soon are done using it.
Which of these tips will you use today? Don't delay. Take action, and celebrate your success! Reward yourself for each small step you take toward organized living. The more you practice, the more you will enjoy and appreciate the calmness it adds to your home and your routine.