It can be easy to be overwhelmed when opening a closet or a room in your home just to see clutter or disorganization. But what if I could give you a few tips to make it easier for you to do? Start out small, one space at a time. You will be surprised at how it can improve your spirits to have an organized space. Today I am sharing my top 5 home organizing tips with you!
When I was young, we had this “breakfast counter” and my mom would get so aggravated with it! Why? Because it was our family’s go-to place to “put everything” that we didn’t know what to do with! She would let it go for a while, but it would get larger and larger, and then it would just be gone! It’s funny now but I totally understand her frustration now. I love organization and for everything to have a home. I have discussed before how I find things all the time that my husband has put into drawers around the house! Lol.
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I cannot think of anyone who ever regretted decluttering or organizing a space in their home, have you? The key is to find a fast and efficient way of doing it. We don’t want to get discouraged in the process! I have 5 tips that will help you get your home in order!
Pick One Space
This is an important thing, so you don’t get discouraged! Pick one room or space to tackle organizing at a time. I have found if you move on to another space before completing one space you will get overwhelmed, and neither will be completed!
I recommend choosing the space that sticks in your mind that is bothering you the most. Once you complete that space it will feel so good!
Use 3 Boxes
One of the best ideas that I have implemented when I organize a space is using 3 boxes. One for items to keep, another to give away, and the last is for trash. I used to just put the items in piles, and it honestly just adds one more step for you. Because you end up having to grab a box or bag for trash items and items you are giving away. This just streamlines your entire process!
A good rule of thumb to use when deciding if you should keep or give away an item is, have you used it in the last 6-12 months? If the answer is no, get rid of it!!
Remove Everything From the Space
Take every single item out of the room or space that you are working on. This is the time to decide if it is a keep, give away, or trash item. Your hands should touch every single item at this stage of the process.
After you have removed every item, this is a great time to clean the area. I love a clean and sanitized space! So, wipe down the shelves, dust, or vacuum the area. Clean slate friends!
Assess What You Have Leftover
Now is the time that we would check out what we have placed in our “keep” box. I like to place like items together. This is also the stage when I decide if and what kind of organization items I will need. Like baskets, fabric boxes, pull-out drawers, whatever you think will work best for the items that you have left to organize.
Arrange According to the Importance
Have you ever organized a closet and it turned messy really quick because you had to go digging to find an item? I will admit that having the best organizational tools for the situation does help! But I like to decide which items you think you will be using on a regular basis. These are the items that you should place in the front or at eye level, easily accessible.
I like to use pull-out drawers in my kitchen cabinets and under our bathroom sinks. Bathroom cabinets can end up being an endless abyss and you will never find an item again! When I use baskets that can be pulled out and even multilevel baskets it helps keep things accessible and organized. In our house in Ohio, we had custom pull-outs made for our bathroom from Costco. They were great! They were very similar to the ones below that you can find at the Container Store.
If I am being honest many years ago, I had a difficult time getting rid of my “things”. I had the philosophy of what if I need it down the line. It was so freeing to get rid of clutter and organize. I love to keep items that have a special meaning to me. Especially if it was given to me by someone special. But we need to give some thought to items that are just sitting in a box that we may never look at again. Can we repurpose the item so that it is placed somewhere that can be seen and bring us good memories often? But this is a different blog post entirely! Lol!
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So, did you find any of these ideas helpful? Are you ready to tackle your first closet or bathroom cabinet? Trust me, you will feel so much better with a decluttered and organized space. Please comment below with any ideas that you can share and please let me know how your home organization goes!