Some of us dream of the day where we have balance, order, and cleanliness in our home. It is something that is completely achievable, but challenging to accomplish. Organizing your home is often a task we put off due to the amount of time and physical effort it requires - not to mention all of the decision-making it involves. If you are anything like me, you have tried many different ways to get organized, but with the combination of family, pets, and work, it's so difficult to stay on track. I often make the mistake of trying to organize my entire space all in one day...which leads to frustration.
After reading an inspiring article by Home Storage Solutions 101, I have finally left my old ways behind and I am more motivated than ever to get organized! Home Storage Solutions 101 offers the ultimate checklist and breaks down your home into weekly tasks that are very manageable. This guide goes into amazing detail and helps you think critically about the function of each space. From kitchen to car, they cover almost every livable space. You can even sign up to get email notifications to remind you of the task ahead. It almost feels like you have an organization buddy keeping you motivated throughout the year! The Home Storage Solutions 101 website also provides "Declutter 365 Missions", printable resources, and so much more to help you reach your goals. Before you begin organizing, be sure to read this article about the top 10 items you should remove from your home right now: Top 10 Types Of Items You Can Declutter Fast.
Now you are ready to get started on your organizational journey! Below are some of my favorite tips for decluttering your space.
Fix What Bugs You the Most First. Look around your home and make a list of the areas that stand out to you and make a point to start the process there. Not only will this make you feel more accomplished, it will also motivate you to keep going!
Take Small Bites of the Task When Clearing Clutter. Like I said before, there are much better methods than to tackle way too much at once. Choose a time when you have the most energy and give yourself a time limit.
Share Your Decluttering Goal with Others. A wonderful way to stay motivated is to have someone hold you accountable. Ask a family member or friend to check up on you every so often.
Trouble Seeing the Clutter? Take a Picture. After living in our homes for so long, we start to get used to seeing our clutter. If you take pictures of your space, it makes it so much easier to see all of the extra stuff you don't need.
Create a Positive Reward for Yourself. It's a great way to stay motivated! Just make sure your reward doesn't add more clutter...
Grab a Timer and Just Start! The first few minutes are the hardest, but once you get started you may be surprised at what you accomplish. Try doing just 15 minutes a day!
Deal with Clutter as it Comes through the Door. From junk mail to trash from the car, it will make a big difference in reducing the total amount of clutter in your house if you simply take care of it right when it is set on the counter.
Have a Donate Box Ready at All Times. Stop thinking and start acting! Having a donate box nearby will encourage you and your family to make decisions on items that are no longer wanted or needed.