I’m so glad you’re here. I love to organize and, if you’re on this page, I bet you do too. Or, you want to be more organized! Nothing feels better than a beautiful, organized and functional space.
When you feel like everything is unorganized, I know it can be very overwhelming to try and get it all in order. But if you attack one small area at a time and follow these simple steps, you really will start to see progress more quickly than you think. I turned this mess
into this in an afternoon
SET ASIDE BLOCKS OF TIME
Begin one room at a time. Set aside a certain amount of time each day to get it done – it may be an afternoon, an hour or even 15 minutes. You’d be surprised how much you can get done in only 15 minutes. Or during the ads while watching your favourite TV show (yes, I’ve done that!
DECIDE WHAT NEEDS TO BE IN THAT ROOM
Start by really thinking about what needs to be in that room to make it beautiful and functional for you. For example, your living room might house DVDs and/or video games. Board games, books and magazines, ornaments that you really love. Anything else in that space – toys, stationery etc. should be taken out.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Next, divide the room up into sections and take everything out of that space. Clearing out the whole space helps you to see what you have, assess your storage needs and really make the most of the space.
When I cleaned out my entry way closet, these baskets had only one or two items in them – some of which didn’t even belong in a hall closet! I managed to reorganize everything so that it fitted into 3 baskets, creating more space for our gym bags
PURGE, PURGE, PURGE
Be ruthless! If you haven’t used it in a year, toss it or donate it. If it’s broken, you can’t use it anymore. If it’s stained or worn – throw it out. You will end up with a beautiful blank space in front of you.
PUT LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER
Separate like items into groups. When I was organizing my entry way, I put all the doggy stuff into one basket (leashes, harnesses, bags) and all our hats, gloves and scarves into another. When everything is divided, it makes it easier to see what kind of organizational systems you’re going to need.
STORE LIKE ITEMS
Find a way to store your items neatly and where they are easily accessible. You don’t need to go out and buy a lot of expensive storage containers. Use what you have in your house or visit the dollar store. I repurposed these two wicker baskets that were sitting underneath my coffee table, to house laundry and cleaning supplies.
This is what I had going on before that
You can cover shoe boxes in pretty paper and use them as storage, or place cleaning supplies in a bucket you have on hand.
I reorganized this bathroom drawer with containers from the dollar store for a total cost of $6!
LABEL YOUR ITEMS
Recently, we repainted and reorganized our Pantry. I used inexpensive labels and a black marker to label the dry goods in the new pantry containers. If you have a printer, you can print labels in a pretty font.
PUT EVERYTHING BACK AGAIN
Once you have everything separated, purged and put into containers, it’s time to put it all back together again. Start with the things you use the most. I place things where I’ll be able to reach them quickly and easily. In the kitchen, I have a jar that houses my kitchen utensils. It sits right next to the stove so that everything’s within easy reach when I’m cooking. The same goes for my spices and other things that I use a lot.
From there, fill in the gaps until everything has a place.
GET INTO THE HABIT OF PUTTING THINGS BACK IN THEIR PLACE
This is a challenge for me. I tend to leave materials from projects all over the place, and I have to work hard to clear it all away and put it back in it’s place. But I’ve worked hard to organize my house, and if I want to keep it that way, I need to make a conscious effort to put things back when I’m done with them.
Sometimes, a system just doesn’t work! Don’t be afraid to tweak it or reorganize it, until it works for you.
Now sit back and enjoy the feeling of your freshly organized space!