Many people find decluttering and organizing their home a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning and intentionality, you can get the job done, feel proud of the results, and actually enjoy the experience.
Have you been procrastinating on a home organizational project? I’ve got 8 simple tips to get you going and set your course for victory.
The 8 S’s of Home Organization
Schedule – Set aside time to work on your home. Squeezing it in between other tasks and stressing out an already overwhelmed schedule will not lend itself to success. Make an appointment with yourself. Clear the calendar for the time you’ve allotted and give yourself the gift and ability to focus and work efficiently and effectively.
Sort – Start with one area or room at a time. Sort through and select all the items that are crying out for attention. Whether you’re keeping them or not, gather them all together so you can decide what to do with them.
Sell, Donate, or Trash – For items you no longer wish to keep, decide if they are candidates for selling, donating, or trashing. Make piles for each. Post items on local online selling sites, schedule a time for a yard sale, or take a trip to your neighborhood thrift shop. Some children’s second-hand stores will now ‘buy’ used clothes, offering credit towards future purchases. Whatever you decide, don’t procrastinate.
Show-Off – Are there pictures you want to frame or decorations to hang or display? They aren’t bringing you any pleasure if they’re tucked away and out of sight. It’s time to dig em’ out and show em’ off. Create a plan to accomplish this task. Do you need frames? Hangers? Does a wall need to be painted before decorating? Whatever the case, put your plan into action and enjoy the things dear to you.
Store – For items that are being saved, be sure there is a specific purpose in keeping them. Also, be careful to store things properly to prevent damage.
Stack – What about items that you will use occasionally but need to be kept organized and out of the way? There are many different types of storage containers and products to fit the bill, but bear in mind two suggestions. Only stack these containers two to three tall and be sure the containers are either clear or marked on the front. If you can’t see it or get to it, you won’t use it, and that defeats the purpose of keeping it in the first place.
Service or Repair – Do have have items which are broken and unusable or are functioning below capacity and in need of service? Don’t delay! Get them in and get them taken care of. It’s the same concept as properly stacking. Why hold on to something you can’t enjoy?
Savor the End Result – Give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done. Delight in the decluttered spaces, enjoy the easy access to the things you love, appreciate when something works, and relish in the meaningful things that are displayed in your home.
Don’t let the idea of decluttering and organizing paralyze you and hinder joy and freedom. Break the project down into manageable chunks and knock down each task, one at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have transformed messy, cluttered areas into beautiful, organized, fully usable and enjoyable spaces.