Today kicks off a weekly series dedicated to helping you get your home organized from top to bottom. In as little as 12 weeks, you can have the home of your dreams. What’s more, you can have a space where you can focus on those you love most rather than spending time digging through clutter, looking for lost items and feeling stressed by stuff.
Now, lets get organized! The first step in this journey is creating a plan for success. Every home is different and each household comes with its own set of challenges. That’s why you need a plan customized to fit YOUR needs. I am going to show you how to make a plan to get your home organized, as well as share some basic tips for success in any home organization project.
1. Commit to becoming more organized in 2016. In a notable place in your home (by the coffee maker, on your bathroom sink, in your closet) post a small note of why you want to get organized. When things get tough, this will serve as a reminder as to why you are getting organized in 2016. Here are a few examples, to spend more time with my kids, to have more time for self-care, to spend less time looking for lost things and more time enjoying my home, so my home can be a place where I feel rejuvenated, to decrease stress, to save time, to save money.
2. Make a List. Write down each room, closet, bathroom, garage, and bedroom in your home. Here is an example of what a typical list may look like. Your home may have more or less rooms depending on the size of your space.
- Master Bedroom
- Master Closet
- Master Bathroom
- Linen Closet
- Dining Room
- Living Room
- Playroom Closet
- Hall Closet
- Guest Bathroom
- Guest Bedroom
- Home Office/Guest Room
- Guest Room Closet
- Office Closet
3. Plan your attack. Using a calendar, list out which rooms you will complete each week. I suggest one area a week, breaking down larger rooms into two week increments. Starting next Monday, I will give you a step by step how- to for organizing every room in your home based on the calendar below.
Although this guide is designed to be used over 12 weeks, it can be used similarly over shorter or longer periods of time. You can spread out larger rooms into two week increments or if you have 4 bedrooms instead of 2 give each one a week of its own. If you are feeling really feisty, tackle two rooms in one week! The important part is to set a GOAL. “My house will be organized in (insert the number of weeks here) weeks.” Make sure you account for things like vacations and out of town guests. You don’t want to be organizing the guest room the week you have company in town, or plan to organize the playroom when you know you will be at the beach.
- First and Foremost: START SMALL. Your tiny Guest Room that is packed floor to ceiling with unopened boxes, clothes, and who knows what else is NOT small. Your one door linen closet is small. Start there.
- Each week designates a room to be organized. My guide involves a complete dismantling of the things in your space, followed by a sorting session, and then organizing. (Plus, tips for maintaining your organized space!)
- You will need TRASH BAGS! Also locate your nearest Goodwill, Salvation Army or other Donation Center. Hopefully, you will make multiple trips to these places over the next few weeks. Remember, all donations are tax deductible!
- Cut yourself some slack and remember the BIGGER PICTURE. When the project becomes overwhelming, STOP. Take a few hours to rest, BUT you must COME BACK TO IT. (No procrastinating allowed!)
- Do not buy organizing products without a plan. I know its tempting but it will only create more clutter and more stuff for you to sift through later.
- When you are unsure about an item, remember: Clutter TAKES AWAY from your life.Choose to keep those things that ADD to your life and will help you achieve your goals.
- Get the whole family involved so you can get organized and stay that way.
- Enlist friends to help and to hold you accountable to this cleaner, simpler lifestyle.
I am so excited to start this journey with you! You can have a home your love and enjoy (in as little as 12 weeks!). Remember I am here to answer your questions along the way, so don’t be afraid to reach out. And, if you like what you see, please share it with your friends!