Getting Started on Simplifying Your Home
In January a new Netflix show swept everyone into a organization frenzy. Lines formed at thrift stores as families began purging their homes of unwanted and unused items. The phrase "I'm Marie Kundoing my house" became a trend on social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram. As February rolls in, the hype is still high. But will the organization craze last? Will your home still be organized and free of clutter by the time 2020 hits?
In this home organization series I'm going to take your through the decluttering process room by room. Within each room I'll give you tips and tricks to keep the room tidy long after your big organization overhaul takes place.
But first, let's talk about how to get started. Because let's face it, organizing your entire home can be overwhelming.
What do I need?
It honestly doesn't take much to get the process going into full swing. Don't worry about going out and buying a bunch of organizing containers or filing cabinets. I personally find it best to wait til the end of the purging process to buy these things. While cleaning out the office, you might find tools to use in another room to keep your belongings neat and tidy. If you buy new tools too early, you'll do at least one of the following:
Where should I start?
Ever had a day where your list of errands and things to do was so long you didn't know where to begin? That's how organizing my home felt. Knowing where to start was the hardest part because every room in my house felt like it was closing in on me due to the clutter. Eventually I decided to start with our master bedroom. I figured if I started here, then I would at least have a quiet and tidy sanctuary to go to every night while the rest of the house was still a chaotic mess. In this series we'll start with the bedrooms and end with the typical overflow zones - hall closets and mud room (if you have one). All the other rooms will be in between!
What pace should I take?
The pace you take is up to you; however, I'll be releasing a post for each room of the house every week. Going through my house I've been doing about one room per week. I started out doing more than that but other responsibilities stretched me too thin and I got overwhelmed pretty fast. If you have a smaller living space, such as an apartment, you might go faster. If you have a six kids or a three story home, you might need to go slower. The important part to remember is to keep the pace steady enough to not forget about organizing but spread out long enough to not stress yourself out. This process should be fun and freeing!
What is the end goal?
By the end you should feel refreshed and energized when you walk through your front door. The clutter should be gone and in its place a lovely organized space to enjoy. You should be able to know where everything is and everything should have a purpose. Your things should be organized in a way that is easy for you to maintain and easy for your family to maintain. Most of all, in the end, your house should feel like a home. Let the sentimental items in your home be on display and the useful bits put away in an organized way.
Are you ready?
Are you ready to join me on this home organization journey? It's truly a freeing feeling to have your home tidy and organized. You and your family will love the end results. And with the tips and tricks I share along the way, you'll be able to maintain a happy home for years to come!
What are you most excited for in the organizing process?
Busy days and hectic schedules can be hard to keep up with. Here are some tips and lessons I've picked up along the way to make life a little more fun in the midst of crazy.