How many times have you found yourself waking up to a messy, chaotic house, and likewise having a stressful and chaotic day? As Louise Smith once said, “You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.” When life starts to feel like a whirlwind of disarray, this could be a sign that now is the time to declutter your life and get organized.
As you move forward with getting your home (and life) organized, here are 5 simple ideas to help get you started.
Cut the Clutter
You’ve probably heard this old saying a lot over the years, “a place for everything and everything in its place” and the statement couldn’t be truer. No matter how important an item is, if you don’t have a designated place to store each item, they become clutter.
To help clear out the clutter, walk through each room in your home and imagine you’re a visitor seeing each space for the first time. Do the rooms look organized or cluttered? If you can’t find a home for any given item, it may be time to part ways. This is also a good time to ask yourself if you still love the item and does it serve the space. If not, why are you holding on to it?
Stick to a List
While most people know not to grocery shop hungry, it’s a good idea to shop with a list. Going to any store without a list leads to over-purchasing, which leads to overspending, and ultimately a cluttered home. By creating a list (and sticking to it) you’ll be less likely to buy items which clutter up your home. Plus, you’ll find more inner peace since you’re less likely to end up with buyer’s remorse.
Clean Up as You Go
The longer the mess or clutter builds up in your home, the more work you’ll have in the end. Plus, when we have larger messes around the home, we’re more inclined to put off cleaning which leads to an even bigger mess.
Set a goal to clean up as you go. Put dishes in the dishwasher when your finish using them. Fold and put away laundry as soon as it’s clean. Put shoes away in your closet. Sort mail right as soon as it enters the house. Spending a few minutes each day to do these simple tasks right away adds up to more time for fun and relaxation.
Write It Down
A “to do” list is another important organizational tool. Write everything down in a planner or enter every appointment in your phone—if it’s documented, you have a greater chance of accomplishing the task. After all, who doesn’t enjoy crossing something off their list? Nothing elicits feelings of satisfaction or accomplishment like seeing the list of things you’ve completed each day.
Consider Feng Shui
Feng shui is all about balance, and balance is exactly what it takes to feel organized in your home and your life. According to the Chinese philosophy, when the environment around you is in harmony, you will be in harmony too. Even if you don’t believe that balancing the elements of your home will lead to balance in your personal life, there’s no denying that when items in your home look balanced, things look more organized, and it’s easier to feel at peace in the space.
While finding balance and being organized within your home may be difficult at times, when the space you live in is peaceful, you will feel peaceful too.
Brooke Cade is a freelance writer who works with various publications including Simply Self Storage. When she isn’t writing, Brooke enjoys DIY projects, yoga, and hanging out at her local coffee shop.
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