I’ve been putting this blog post off for soooooo long. Partially because I wanted to approach it differently than just a “look at my house and how organized I am!” That’s basically just a big ol’ fuck you to those who actually need help with trying to figure out how to get their stuff organized, and that’s not what I wanted to put out there. I’ve been asked by friends how I keep things organized, and what works for me will more than likely NOT work for you.
Do we own the same items? Do we have the same home layout? How many kids do you have? Are they the same ages as mine? All of these factors come into play when you’re trying to organize your stuff. So I want to break down some general guidelines that can work for everybody, and not just a blog post of trendy canisters and matching hangers.
I’m going to go room by room, because honestly trying to do the entire house is extremely overwhelming. You take out alll the things, and then you look at how much stuff you actually have, and then you walk away. Classic case of wanting to change, only to find that it’s too hard and time consuming. So this specific post is going to go over how to START. After this, I’ll do room by room posts because again, it can get overwhelming having allll that information. OK here we go, a few basics to start out with!
FIRST. Choose which room you want to do. (easy enough, right?)
SECOND. Figure out the goal of organizing. Is it to create more space? Is it to purge items you’re not using anymore? Having an end goal will a) help you envision what you want for that room and b) keep you on track and focused
THIRD. Take everythingggg out of the space you want to organize. Yes. This needs to happen.
FOURTH. CLEAN THAT SPACE. Wipe down surfaces, vacuum carpet, steam mop hard floors.
Once you’ve done that initial prep work, it’s time to organize the things.
If your goal is to purge items, this is where YOUR personal inner work has to shine through. You have to be rational in the decisions to keep something or to get rid of it. It can be super hard to make a choice if it’s a family heirloom or an item from a lost loved one, but you have to realistically put things into perspective of “I’m keeping this because of the memories,” “I’m keeping this to pass down to my children,” or “I’m keeping this because my mother would kill me if she knew I got rid of it.” All different reasons to keep something. Obviously, physical items hold memories. I can tell you more likely than not, the high school softball shirt you’ve had in your drawer for the last 15 years can bring back so many fun times, but are you actually going to wear it again? If the answer is no, get.rid.of.it. This takes a lot of work to physically put it in the donate pile, but you will feel so much lighter after the process is finished.
Once you’ve done the hard work, the next step is to combine LIKE ITEMS together. You don’t have to put them away at this point, just categorize all the items you are going to keep. This will obviously look different for every person, every room, every category. So if something makes sense to you, runnnn with it. If all else fails, just label it as a miscellaneous pile and move on to the next category. The whole concept of organizing your things is to have a “system” of where to find it when you need it. Ever heard of the phrase “Everything has its place”?? Yep, that’s where organization comes in.
OK. So now is when all that empty space you cleared out and CLEANED (do this step please for the love of all things holy – it’s like taking a shower but then putting your sweaty workout clothes back on – just clean the areaaaa) will be looked at and you’ll have to decide how to utilize the space to the best of its abilities. Do you have shelves? Do you have bins? Do you need to buy a storage system? It may seem like you could’ve done this step before, but ultimately you won’t get a clear prediction of what you need until you’ve done allll the work beforehand. Once you’ve figured out what you’ll need for that space, you can then figure out where things are going to go.
-Heavy stuff goes on the bottom – easier on your back, and less likely to fall on you or your kiddos if somebody tries to pull it out.
-The items that you will use most often should go at eye level – easier to grab and easier to put away
-Top shelf items should be “storage” like stuff. So sealed or covered bins, because they’re more than likely to collect the most dust.
This is all VERY general information because I want to dive deeper in the post about specific areas. But this is what you should be doing in ALLLLL the rooms you organize first before you start getting into the room-by-room scenarios.
OK! So now that we’ve gotten alllll of this stuff out of the way, it’s time to dig deeper into each room you’re going to organize. They will all be different blog post – it will be much easier to search for them and not super overwhelming to go back and read through. I’ll link them below as I publish them!
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