Organizing our home so we can get to the fun part of decorating is like trying to lose 20 lbs so we can wear those skinny jeans we’ve been eyeballing. Painful, depressing and frustrating.
But if you want those skinny jeans to have their rightful place in your closet (or maybe just a pair that actually won’t fit over a small car), it’s a process that must be endured.
You know what I’m talking about. You’ve got to wade through the boring, difficult stuff to get to the fun part, and we all know that’s the part where you’re in HomeGoods picking out beautiful pillows, cool furniture accents and some interesting, fun artwork, right?
So while this meme isn’t exactly a ‘step’ or even a ‘tip’, it represents my philosophy. Follow it and you’ll be amazed at how nicely your home will come together, not to mention your wallet will be a lot fatter.
The less stuff you have, the less you need to organize, maintain, clean, etc. But you have to start somewhere, so let’s get started.
If you’d rather get a colonoscopy than organize, you aren’t alone, but don’t let your aversion stand in the way of getting it done. I won’t pretend it will ever be ‘fun’, but if you ‘organize before you organize’, I promise it will be somewhat painless and yes, even fulfilling.
Here are some ideas to help you organize any room in your home as easily and painlessly as possible:
Rather than trying to organize your entire home in one day or even a weekend, pick one room. This will keep you focused and avoid feelings of being overwhelmed. If a room has more than one function, like a guest room/office, figure out what you need to make the space work properly. It could be a day bed, a trundle or maybe just a good quality air mattress kept out of sight and pulled out when needed.
Now that you have a clear idea of what the room’s function is, the next step is to clear out clutter and get everything into piles.
There are generally 5 categories for sorting to keep things simple:
Keep/Stay: These are the things that you’ll be keeping and that will stay in the room.
Keep/Move: These are the things that you’re keeping, but aren’t needed in the room you’re currently working in.
Donate: Items in good condition that can be donated or given away.
Recycle: No explanation needed.
Trash: Trust me. It will feel good!
No doubt there will be things you’re not quite sure about, so go ahead and create a 6th pile and revisit these items when you’re done.
For any item you’re keeping in the room, make sure you find an appropriate home for it.
Keep like items together.
Put the things you use most often in convenient, accessible places.
If an item is used infrequently, like holiday decorations or seasonal bedding, put them in out of the way places like under the bed, top of closets, etc.
During this process, be honest! If you ‘want’ to sew but rarely do, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s going to change drastically and give your sewing supplies prime real estate. If you know how often you will actually use something it will make this process a LOT easier, faster and more rewarding.
Now things get interesting. Make a list of the size and types of items you need and go shopping!
Tight budget There are tons of items you may already have that can serve as efficient storage.
Plastic shoe boxes with lids make great storage for cosmetics, computer accessories, camera chargers, snacks. You name it.
Boxes of all shapes and sizes make great storage containers, but if you’re looking for something pretty, go ahead and cover them with contact paper or fabric.
Don’t stop there. All kinds of storage can be found with just a little imagination and ingenuity.
Last but not least, KEEP IT ORGANIZED! You’ve worked hard and maybe even spent some cash during this process. Don’t let it all go to waste! For some easy tips on how to keep a room organized, check out 7 Organizing Routines to do Daily.
In other news…
It’s Friday the 13th, the day that scary movies find their way into theaters, but it’s also my birthday! Wish me a Happy Birthday so I can feel validated and warm and fuzzy :).