I’m pretty sure that everyone this side of the moon knows I LOVE organization. A basic organization post here on the blog is normally geared towards organizing for a specific event, like going back to school, etc. But you know what? Sometimes I find it hard to KEEP my home organized, either after I organize it or when it’s not so important that it BE organized! Do you ever feel that way?
So when Jenn Grabowski contacted me with some tips for staying organized all year ’round, not only did I put them into practice myself, but I wanted to share them with all of you! Are you ready? Here we go!
As the seasons change, it can be easy to let stuff accumulate around the house. We all have the habit of buying things as we need them, but we don’t tend to think about how we will store all of the things we buy. This can make it very easy to discover that we’ve let things pile up and that we now have a clutter situation on our hands.
With the cooler weather coming, and not to mention the holidays, now is a good time to work on your home organization system so that, by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have a good system in place.
Getting organized doesn’t have to be too hard, either, as long as you go into the project with a good sense of what you want to accomplish and the deadline by which you hope to finish. Here are a few good tips to get you started on your home reorganization project:
- Start by choosing just one room or area to concentrate on. This will make it easier to stay focused and will minimize the chance that you won’t finish the project. And should you need to take a break for a little while from the project, it will be easier to get started back up on it as it won’t seem as overwhelming and long-term as a whole home reorganization. You may not want to start with the room that is most disorganized or cluttered as that may also make you feel overwhelmed. You can even start with something as small as drawers. Once you organize one area, the satisfied feeling you’ll get will be one you’ll want to keep feeling with the rest of your house.
- Look out for space that you aren’t using in the best way possible. Especially in spaces like closets, the basement, the attic, or cabinets, you’ll want to make sure you’re making the best use of the space that is available to you. To do this, you’ll probably need to take everything out and start over. It will make it easier to get a sense of all of the stuff that needs to fit into the limited space so that you can make a plan that better accommodates all of the items. One way to take better advantage of space is to consider vertical space. We tend not to use higher cabinets or shelves if we can’t reach them, but this can be a critical misuse of space. It’s such an easy matter to get a stepping stool, and it can make such a big difference in your overall use of space. If you need to, consider adding in extra shelves or moving your closet bar or doing other modifications that will allow you to take advantage more easily of your space.
- The key to improving your home organization is to design a system for yourself that you find easy to follow and maintain. This means that, as you reorganize your home, you need to organize things in such a way that you are able to find things when you need them and that you are able to find a place for new things as you acquire them. Some good ways to accomplish this include adding in partitions for your existing shelves and cabinets or using a color coding system that will help you remember where you put certain items. It’s also a good idea to use labels to help you remember what is in certain boxes or cabinets.
- Consider buying storage devices to help you improve your organization system. For example, you can get stacking Tupperware or stacking boxes that will make it easier to keep track of your space in closets, cabinets, or hallways. Because part of the goal of reorganizing your home is to improve the look of your space, consider choosing some untraditional storage and organization tools and devices that will be functional but will also add some accent to your spaces. Look at modern products from Touch of Modern to get some ideas for good artistic objects that can help you better organize your space without sacrificing on appearance.
- Consolidate your closet. The closet tends to be one of the most difficult spaces to get organized, so make sure you are spending some extra time and care on this space. Consider getting layering clothes hangers so you can use less space for more clothing items. If you don’t already have one, get an organizer for your shoes, as shoes can take up a lot of closet space. If you’re worried about taking up floor space, consider getting a something that hangs over the door.
While there’s no doubt that reorganizing your space can feel like a chore, it can be accomplished much more quickly and easily with some careful advanced planning and consideration. Make it one of your goals for the coming fall season to get yourself organized for the year ahead.
These are great tips, Jenn, thank you! I especially love the one about not starting with what overwhelms you the most. Good advice!
Where will YOU start when it comes to organizing your home?
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