Organizing can be overwhelming. You may be looking around your home and thinking that you really need to get your home together before the summer parties. Well, that is around the corner…maybe this weekend. Yikes! Feeling the anxiety!
Do not fear. I am here to present you with the framework and maybe a little motivation to get started, especially if you are limited on time and money. Two things that can really drop your motivation and create major overwhelm.
Create a Goal and Timeframe
Determine your timeframe that you need to complete your task by. You have an achievable goal. For some people, they need a little motivation to make this timeframe more achievable. So, what do you do? I suggest scheduling a party or get together at your home. It can be small or large. Maybe it is just a simple cookout with friends and family. It does not matter what you have scheduled, but this may help motivate you to complete your goal on time.
Be a Project Manager
You have a goal and determined your timeframe. You are excited about making this happen, but still a little overwhelmed. I get it. Be a project manager. What does that mean? Well, it means that you will need to schedule out or plan out your tasks. To do this, you will need to break down the tasks. For example, you need to organize your kitchen. The following tasks need to be completed in the kitchen: declutter/organize your cabinets, refrigerator, drawers, and deep clean your oven. Once you know what needs to be done and have a deadline, you need to realistically determine the amount of time per day or week you have to offer this project. If you know you do not have a lot of time, then only commit to 15 minutes per day or every other day. If you do more, that is great. With any project, a good project manager has this plan detailed out on something tangible. So, it may be on an Excel document, a calendar, their phone, etc. Having this visual and even reminder may help you stay on task.
Set a Budget
This part is crucial. You need to set a budget for your project. This budget and timeframe will help you understand if you need to save for something, get on Pinterest to get inspired to make a creation, or it will help you to not overspend. This will help set you up for organizing success. You do not want to start a project and have to stop because you ran out of money. Or not start all together because you assume you cannot afford it. If you do not look into the possibilities, then you will never know.
Purge, Group, and Repeat
Now, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to motivate myself with buying new fun organizing bins or trays. Makes me very happy. BUT often times I actually spend more money this way. I want to spend my money more intentionally. Often, bins or other fun merchandise is not needed. You can do a lot to repurpose items you have in your very own home. Stay tuned for that blog.
Anyways, start by purging the area or room. Go through the drawer or cabinet. Only keep items that serve you or your family. Sentimental things are excluded from this. Do not keep 5 crockpots because you may need them one day. That day may never come. If it does, you will be able to borrow from friends or purchase one. It will be okay.
After purging your belongs, you will notice you have a mess. Yes, it always gets worse before it gets better. This is part of the process, so do not lose steam. Take a deep breath, a walk, or a TV break. Then begin grouping like objects or creating stations for yourself. This will be different for each person or each family. That is okay. It does not have to make sense or look great to anyone else, but YOU.
Once you have done this, determine if you need a bin or other resource to help you keep organized. Do you have something around your home that can be used? Do you have a bin that is not being used? Do you have an empty Amazon or Pull-up box that is waiting for recycling? The possibilities are endless. If it is in budget and you prefer purchase what you need. I like Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Ikea for great storage items at lower costs. Keep in mind that you can always pain or recover something to make it fit in the room.
Now is the fun part. You can work with ALL members of your family to determine where you want to put something and design your space. Remember that you and your family are the only people that need to love it. No one else does. Take each persons thoughts into account. Compromise. Do not be afraid to pilot something in one location and move it if it does not seem to be working. Organization is a process. Once you unlock what works, you will have great potential and more time with your family to live the life you want.
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