You have to admit – most of us have too much “stuff”. As a home stager, I often advise my clients to rid their houses of a plethora of items before putting it on the market. But, even if you’re not selling your home, getting organized will ultimately add to the quality of life in your home. If you’re hoping to bring a little more order into your life, now is the perfect time to do it. And I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming – really!
The first step is to NOT buy all of those cute matching baskets/bins/crates, etc. that you think will inspire you to use them – that’s putting the cart way before the horse, and can be a big waste of money. Instead, I recommend first making a list of all of the areas that you want to tackle (closet, kitchen, office, etc.) and then prioritizing them by how much each of them bugs you.
Next, look at each area and assess how it can be broken down into sub-parts – i.e. your closet contains shoes, handbags, sweaters, clothes on hangers, etc.
Once you’ve got your detailed list, pick ONE thing that you can easily accomplish in an hour or less (I usually start with the junk drawer in the kitchen because, I swear, it breeds extra stuff overnight.)
Now – remove EVERYTHING from the space that is assigned to hold said stuff. (Empty the drawer/closet/cabinet completely and clean it.) Go through the items, grouping like items together and decide which ones you are going to keep, discard, or donate. (Trust me, you do not need to keep 12 pairs of black sandals when you really wear just 3 of them regularly.) Experts say if you haven’t worn or used an item in the last 2 years, you don’t need it and won’t miss it – so free up space to keep only the things you love and use.
Only after you’ve accomplished this step can you truly assess what cute baskets/bins/crates you need. If necessary, purchase items that will help keep things in line, then place items in their new homes. We’ve all heard “a place for everything and everything in its place” – now is the time to put things where you want them to live happily ever after.
Congratulations! You’ve just checked one thing off your to-do list! Here’s the thing that is crucial to remember – do One.Thing.At.A.Time. Don’t expect to reorganize your life in a weekend – take it in small, doable chunks. Strategize. Assess. Purge. Reorganize. Find organizers that work for your stuff, don’t try to make your stuff fit something that doesn’t work for your space. Don’t expect everything to look like Pinterest, but if it works for you, it’s perfect. And remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s taken years to amass your belongings, and you can’t expect to be organized in a flash.
So take your time. Stop. Breathe. And once you’ve finished each task, reward yourself for a job well done!
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