So, you’re looking to start your journey to organization? You came to the right place! Starting to organize your home and your life can seem daunting at first. You have to kind of relearn how to clean-up and schedule your day.
That’s why I decided to write up this quick “cheat-sheet” if you will, of simple, actionable tips that can get you started in the right direction!
- Use what you already have. Do not go out and buy more! Often I see when organizing people feel the need to go out and buy more things. For storage or intricate filing systems to organize what they have laying around. What if I told you there’s no need to go out and buy all the new things? My take away for you is this – DECLUTTER first and see what is left. Maybe you already own something that is suitable to store or file your stuff. Even if you don’t have wear to put on a particular item – ask a friend to see if they can give you a container to use. Save some cash and just ask!
- Write it down. No one can remember it all. Some of my clients use whatever piece of paper is nearest to them to write down reminders. Stay away from random pieces of paper! Either use ONE paper planner to write down important notes or use your smartphone to help you stay organized. Bonus tip – don’t wait to write it down – do it right away!
- Pack light. Okay, I know that travel restrictions are a very real thing at the moment and people aren’t really going far these days. But traveling light has big advantages! Even if it’s for a business trip or an overnight at a grandparent’s house for you kids, this is important to hear. Bring only what you need, and try to get as many uses from one item as possible. For example, bring one pair of shoes that can be dressed up or down. Saving space and losing unnecessary weight will make your trip much more enjoyable!
- Say NO to freebies. You know those free tote bags or hats that you get for giving companies your email address? Guess what? You don’t need them! I can’t tell you how many of these useless (often not working) freebies I have thrown away from my client’s home as well as my own. So, this is just a big, red NO from me. Avoid them at all costs – not worth the headache of decluttering your home constantly from all the junk!
- Give everything a place to live. Designating a place for each item that you own means that item is truly important to you. It means that the item is not clutter. When it comes to decluttering your home, this important tip can be a game changer. Making sure that all the stuff you want to keep has real estate in your home means you need to get rid of what you don’t want to keep so you can better care for the stuff you do want to keep. And most importantly, giving the things you love a real place to live in your home, means you always know where to look when you need that item, and that is the key to organization.
Have any tips of your own from when you first started to organize and declutter?mLet me know in the comments – would love to hear from you!
If you would like to continue your journey with me (yay!) let me direct you to some additional resources that can really help you out: