When we first moved into our home forever and a day ago, I thought we had so much space. Boy was a wrong. Two kids and 9 years later, I have come to terms that I am a pack rat. I get so frustrated when it comes time to purge. I mean, what am I going to do with all this stuff that we have accumulated over the years? It’s a daunting task. But it’s time to weed through all of the unneccessary things and get this house organized.
If you think getting your house organized will happen over night, you are terribly wrong. Home organization is a step-by-step process. It’s the only way for it to be long term. It may take you more than day. Heck, it may take you weeks to get everything manageable. But once you do, staying organized will be easier.
1. Ask for help. Get the whole family involved. Have a mother-in-law that likes to clean like I do? Call her up and have her come over and help. If everyone pitches in, especially the kids, they will learn a thing or two about controlling clutter and messes in their own lives.
2. Start with high traffic areas. In our house that would be the living room and kitchen. After all, they are the two most used rooms in the house. Before moving onto another room, make sure you have everything set up just the way you like it.
3. Use storage containers. I am partial to baskets when it comes to storage containers. Not only are they pretty but they are functional. I choose baskets that match the decor in the room so that no one would even notice they are being used for storage. I especially like using a large basket to store blankets in the winter. When it comes to the kids toys, I like to use plastic shoe boxes to hold games, play sets, and LEGOs.
4. Divide items into categories. When ever I am forced to purge, I always have piles: Keep, Trash, and Give Away. Usually my keep pile is larger than the others but I am working on that one! I have gotten better in letting go of things especially when they aren’t my own! The boys’ clothes and toys that are in good condition are either donated or consigned at the next consignment sale.
5. Remove everything from drawers and cabinets. Pull everything out! It may seem like a time-consuming process but it helps me when I am working with an empty space. When you keep everything jammed in the drawer, you just push things around instead of actually cleaning out.
6. Label your containers. I will admit that there have been times that I threw things into a bin and forget they were there. Out of sight, out of mind! Use tape and a permanent marker to identify the contents of your storage containers so this doesn’t happen to you.
Organizing your entire home may take a lot of time. But, once it’s done, returning everything you use to its proper place will help maintain a level of organization!