Being organized can really be the difference between a happy home and a not so happy home.
There have been times when everything in my home was not always so organized. Life happens fast, and I have figured out that we need to adapt even faster!
My life changed so much after having children! I had a growing household, with the clean open space inside the house shrinking!
But being organized made everyday life so much easier, and essentially made me feel so much happier!
Sometimes organizing can seem like a huge hassle or giant project. The good news is that no one has to feel that way anymore with these simple steps to get any mess tackled.
Here you can learn 4 simple steps that will make organizing almost anything easy!
This could be used to organize anything from a small junk drawer to a tornado mess of a basement. Try these simple steps to tackle the smallest to largest organizing projects.
Simple Step #1: Decide what organizational task you want to work on first.
Think about things that might affect your task. For instance, how much time you have to work on this task.
Then ask yourself how important is this task compared to everything else on your plate right now? It might seem silly to ask yourself these questions. I learned that if I took a few seconds to ask myself these questions, I saved myself from taking on huge projects that I just was not ready for right then and projects that I realistically needed a buddy to help me with!
Additional Tip: If you feel overwhelmed, start with a small organizing task like cleaning out a junk drawer. It is amazing how tackling one small task feels like a huge relief!
Once you accomplish a small task, it gives you the feeling of accomplishment and motivation to move onto the next organizing task.
Once you have narrowed down your ideas about what project or task to start first, it is time to move on to the next simple step.
Simple Step #2: Survey your area.
Let’s say for example you want to organize your entire kitchen.
Stand in the kitchen doorway and just start looking around.
Don’t pick anything up yet.
Think about what makes sense to tackle first.
Once you have a “plan of attack,” then you can get to work.
Simple Step #3: Sort and toss.
When sorting items, it’s a lot easier if you start by grouping like items together.
For example, if you are sorting an office desk junk drawer when you are taking items out of the drawer keep all your paper clips and other clip like objects in the same area.
The same goes for all pens, pencils, and so on.
This gives you a general idea of the quantity of each type of items you have. Why does it matter how many pens and other items are on hand? You’ll know how much storage space you really need for these items.
Here is an example of why storage space is important.
Let’s say for example that you have 2 smaller desk drawers (among other drawers) and all of your pens, pencils, and other writing utensils fill up those 2 drawers completely to the point where you couldn’t add one more pen.
The issue here is you face either easily making the drawer messy again or damaging some of your supplies.
One thing I try to keep in mind when I am organizing is to leave room to grow. So in this case, see if you can either use a larger drawer for this huge pen collection or think of another creative way to store these items that makes sense for you (or my favorite solution of all: declutter everything you don’t need!).
While you are sorting through items, toss items out that are broken.
I used to try to keep everything that I thought I could eventually fix, and doing so just led to extra clutter.
Guess what happened to my fixer upper items that became clutter? I just ended up throwing them out in the garbage later on down the line.
Simple Step #4: Find a Home…
… for all the things that remain. This is the last step! This is the step that when you are finished makes you feel like a million dollars.
All that is left to do is to establish “homes” for everything. This just means everything gets put back in a dedicated place.
I use a variety of baskets, containers, and organizers in my home. Not all of my baskets and containers are new (see how I recycle the containers I already have).
I have a little stash of extras that I have collected. I keep all of my extra storage items in my basement. This way when I need a container or basket I can make a quick visit to the basement instead of a store.
Every now and then I end up needing to invest in a new storage item. Use what makes you feel good about your space.
Now stand back and admire your accomplishment.
Then start enjoying living in your “new” relaxing space!