I truly believe that a beautiful home starts with organization. I also believe that an organized home is a necessary step to creating success at home.
But, the idea of organizing can be overwhelming, leaving us wondering,
“Where do I start?”
or, “How do I start?”
I’ve got the answers to those questions.
How to Get Started
First, choose an area that is causing the most stress or overwhelm for you and your household. And ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the primary purpose of this space? (How can it best function in order to serve your needs.)
- What items do I need in the space in order to carry out that purpose?
And if the space is multi-purpose, also consider the secondary purpose and what you’ll need for that.
Teacher’s Tip: Writing down your answers will help you stay focused and on task.
Next, declutter. Best case scenario is clearing out the room. If you can’t do that, clear off surfaces, drawers, floors, etc. You’re going to want to sort everything into 1 of 5 categories:
- Return (to the person or room it belongs to)
Once you are left with the Keep pile, you’re ready to put everything back. Before you do, check out my “Organize It!” Idea Box at Hometalk.
With over 140 organizing solutions, you are sure to find inspiration for your space. A couple of my favorites are the DIY Laundry Organization by Thrifty and Chic and this DIY desk organizer Gabi made from tin cans.
Once you get started, you’ll gain momentum…and confidence. One thing to keep in mind is that organization is an ever-evolving process; you’ll need to evaluate and tweak things from time to time depending on the needs of your household. That is the key to any successful organization project.
Before you go, be sure to download your complimentary Declutter Cheat Sheet.
See you in class,