Doesn’t everyone dream of having a clean, organized house? Of peaceful mornings void of “Where’s my shoes?!”? Wouldn’t you like to have an organized life that reduced the stress and drama in your life? I’ve got 10 Ways to get the organized life you want.
When my moods swing to the manic end of the spectrum, my life feels a bit out of control. While I know control is an illusion, eliminating chaos in my life helps a great deal. Even if you’re not living with bipolar disorder, life can be hectic and chaotic at times, especially with kids. Organization can manage chaos. I may not always be able to organize and manage my racing thoughts, but I can manage and organize my life. Here are 10 ways to get the organized life you want and need.
10 Ways to Get the Organized Life You Want
1. Keep it Simple. If you are anything like me, once I get an idea for a project in my head, I want to jump in with both feet and go all out. The problem is, my motivation wears out long before the project is finished, leaving an even bigger mess than I started with. Keep it simple. It doesn’t have to be a huge under taking. You don’t need to go to IKEA and get the newest organizing system.(but why wouldn’t you?) Find ways to use what you have.
2. Start Small. This goes hand in hand with Keep it simple. There is no way you can reorganize your entire house in a weekend. Especially if you want your family to continue to talk to you. Start in one room, or pick one project to start with. Sam has over 300 DVDs that are on worn out shelves in the hallway. I want to put them all in binders. He bristled at the idea, until I caved and said he could keep the cases.. in a box, in storage. The thing is, that’s a weekend project that I can’t just spring on him after work on Friday. It’s something I’m going to have to work up to. So instead, I’ll organize under our bathroom sink.
3. Commit to change. Change is hard. The way you’ve been doing things has become habit, so changing them, even if it will make life easier, is still hard. Everyone in the family will have to commit to making the change.
4. Like with Like. As you go about organizing rooms of your house, remember to put likes together. It will make your home more functional and easier to maintain. In the kitchen, put all the canned goods together, all the pasta together, produce together. In your closet, hang shirts together, pants together, skirts together. Once likes are together then you can sort them by color, or vegetable or however you want to sort them. A great way to do this would be with a canned food organizing rack*.
5. Plan before you buy. I am a new convert to meal planning and in the weeks I’ve been using it, it has made a huge difference in the way I shop and how much money I spend. Knowing what you have on hand, also helps in making the plan before you buy. What do I have on hand that I can use to organize my bathroom? If you are trying to organize your home, bringing things you don’t need into the mix isn’t helping. I have created a meal plan printable with a shopping list in my Resource Library.
6. A place for everything, and everything in its place. When you are organizing your life, everything needs a place. It makes it easy to find everything, and easy to put everything away. Ignoring this is how junk drawers are born. (and yes, I have junk drawers.. I plan on getting rid of them) I used to tell my kids when they were cleaning their rooms, “Pick up anything off the floor. Now put it where it belongs, or make it a place where it belongs.” Put things in their place, and make a place for everything.A place for everything, everything in it's place. Get the #organized life you want. Click To Tweet
7. Just in case is just an excuse. How many things are you holding on to “just in case”? How many times have you had to use those things? Almost never, and it’s never a life or death emergency. And chances are, you bought what you already had, because you couldn’t find it when you needed it. If you really need it, it will have a place, and you will be able to find it when you need it.
8. Put your clothes away. I know, it sounds like common sense, but how many of you have piles of clean clothes (or baskets) that are taking up space in a chair or on your bedroom floor? That not only makes your space look messy, it makes your clothes hard to find (and wrinkled) Take a few minutes and put your clothes away. It will clean up the clutter, and you’ll be able to find your favorite shirt you forgot your had.
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9. Take your things with you when you go to bed at night. Take your shoes, your book, everything that doesn’t belong in the living room, and put it away before you go to bed. (again, a place for everything, everything in it’s place) You’ll be glad you did in the morning when you can enjoy your coffee in a clutter-free living room.
10 Make a Command Center for your family. One central location for all the important information of your lives. This is my big project for the month. Create a place to keep us organized and on track. A monthly calendar, and weekly schedule, meal plans and shopping lists. A family binder that keeps all the important information like who to contact in case of an emergency, and utility companies phone numbers and account numbers, all in one place.