There’s something about an organized home that brings me so much joy. It brings a peace not only to me but my whole family. Have you ever walked into a room or opened a drawer and just the sight of the clutter stress you out? I get that. I grew up in a home where my mom had a hard time letting go of stuff. Luckily, she was nothing like what you see on the show hoarders, but it still made an impression on me. As I got older I found it extremely hard to let go of even the smallest things.
My biggest turning point was when my husband and I made our first move across state lines and we had only a specific amount of room in our moving truck. If it didn’t fit, it didn’t ship. This forced me to let go of a lot. It was hard at first but with each move I was able to get rid of more and more.
The biggest change for me was when our family of four moved into a 200 square foot travel trailer. I learned very quickly what I could live without, what was most important to me, and how much ‘stuff’ we actually accumulate in our lives. After that I started purging my house every 6 months or so. I find doing it twice a year helps keep the amount of stuff from accumulating too high.
The thought of trying to organize your home may be a little daunting but trust me, no matter how much stuff you have to go through you will feel a million pounds lighter and gain a peace you can’t describe once it all comes together. Promise!
Only Keep What Brings You Joy (Marie Kondo)
In all honesty I have not read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” but I have watched a few episodes of her show Tidy Up on Netflix. I love her tip to only keep what brings you joy. If you pick up something and it doesn’t spark joy then toss it or donate it. Apply this practice to everything clothes, keep sakes, books, toys, and even decorations. Once you have your house in order start asking yourself if something brings you joy before you even buy it. This will help you control your accumulation of random stuff.
Start with Your Clothes
I have found that the easiest place to start is with your clothes. Go through each and every piece of your clothing, pants, shirts, skirts, workout clothes, bathing suites, and even socks and underwear. If it doesn’t bring you joy then toss it. If you haven’t worn it in the past month or more then ask yourself if it really brings you joy and if it’s worth taking up the room in your closet.
Go from Room to Room
Its easier to go from room to room when you’re organizing so the house as a whole doesn’t seem so overwhelming to you. Just focus on one room and only that room. When you go to get a trash bag, don’t let yourself get distracted by the box of random stuff under your sink or the high stack of papers on the bookshelf. Stay focused on the room you’re working on.
Use Small Boxes, Baskets, & Totes (Marie Kondo)
This was one of my favorite take-aways from watching ‘Tidy Up. She utilizes boxes in everything. The thought behind using boxes is so that everything has a home, you can easily see what you have, and it makes each drawer, shelf, or tote more organized. It’s the same concept as using a tray for your silverware or makeup drawer.
So as an example, if you are organizing a storage tote full of childproofing parts then in the big tote use a couple different small boxes to organize all the different parts and pieces. You want to be able to open the box and easily see what you have and how much of each. Doing this helps you from accidently buying more and more of things you already own.
Space It Out
Don’t go hog wild and try to tackle your whole house in one day, well if that’s your thing then go for it, but in my opinion that’s one quick way to throw in the towel. Space it out over a couple days so you’re only doing 1-2 rooms a day. This helps to keep you from getting overwhelmed and allows you to fit it into your day without taking away from everything else.
Don’t Get Distracted
When you’re going through your stuff, especially storage boxes full of keepsakes, it can become distracting. Don’t let it. Keep mental blind folders on and try not to get swept away with the baby pictures and vacation mementoes.
DON’T Let Your Kids See the Bags of Donate Items
Once you have a bag full of donate items take it out to the garage or to your vehicle. I find that my kids get a little too attached to items and will try to start pulling out things to keep.
On the other hand, I do let them help when we go through their toys. I let them decide what they want to keep and what they want to donate but I also sneak back in and pick out the toys and items that they haven’t touched in months. I find that toys always need to be purged twice a year no matter what. Every kid has a birthday and gets many toys for Christmas, so purging is the only way to control the accumulation.
One of the most appealing things about organizing your home is that once you do it, as long as you keep it organized, you won’t ever have to do it again. You can purge certain things like clothes and toys a couple times a year, but you won’t have to go through and organize each room along with the purge.
I can promise you that once you finish organizing your house, just knowing everything has its own place will bring you so much peace. Shedding your home of all the ‘stuff’ you don’t need will make you feel a million times lighter. Being able to open a cabinet or pull open a drawer and see all the items organized instead of a jumbled mess will bring you immense joy. You owe it to yourself to have an organized home. You deserve to feel that overwhelming peace!
–Only Keep What Brings You Joy
–Start with Your Clothes
–Go from Room to Room
–Use Small Boxes, Baskets, & Totes
–Space It Out
–Don’t Get Distracted
–Don’t Let Your Kids See the Bags of Donate Items
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