I was sitting in my kitchen thinking about my current project. I have a dreamers mind. I am able to see the beauty, the potential in all spaces, things, and people. What does that mean?
Well, you know when you are watching an episode of Fixer Upper or Property Brothers as they go through a home, they allow you to see their vision. My mind does that. As we walked through homes, I saw all of the potential unfold. I saw the beautiful back splash that could be, the fresh floors, or the new paint I could apply. I saw it all and let me tell you it was beautiful.
I am a dreamer. When I dream, I truly dream really big. I am a little childlike with my bold, vivid dreams.
Do you want to know what stands in between me and these bold, beautiful dreams? It is perfectionism and patience. When I am patient with a project and work with the means I have today, I do create something beautiful. I need to trust in the process. My word of the year, is trust my friends and it keeps coming up.
What does this have to do with organization?
Most often, I hear from clients that they want to get started but they do not know where to start. Or that it will cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. With more discussion, it is because they WANT all new furniture, beautiful vintage lockers, and all the pretty baskets in their home.
Yes, I do get caught up in this too. I am a dreamer. BUT the reality is that organization is about a process. It is about creating systems, not perfection! This is often why the organization plan did not work before for many of my clients. My clients were more focused on the pretty bins and creating a perfect view. BUT it is not about the view necessarily. It is about the system. Creating a system for your unique family. This is not found on HGTV or Pinterest. Sure, you can get ideas, but you have to understand how your family uses the space.
So, what are the steps to creating this system. I like to call these The Basics of a Sustainable Organization System (SOS)
But before we can get there, we need to start at the top of the process.
I want you to recall that this is a process. Where to start is often a question that comes up.
If you are ready, feeling motivated, and ready to let go, then start with the space that causes you the most stress. Start with one drawer, one cabinet, or one closet at a time. It is a process. It will get worse before it gets better. BUT simply start taking action and trust in the process.
If you are struggling with feeling motivated, start with the least stressful place in that location. Usually this is a place that does not contact sentimental objects.
The goal is to start with one space or room. I want you to remove all of the items in that space. Organization is about giving everything a home, so you need to take everything out of where they currently live to determine where their home should be.
Once everything is out, then sort by Toss, Donate, and Keep.
Toss anything that is broken, garbage, or expired.
Donate anything that is in good condition but that no longer serves you.
Keep items that serve you. These are items that make you happy or that you love. Marie Kondo would tell you that they inspire joy.
You can always put something aside, if you are not sure. Things that cause us stress are gifts, sentimental items, etc. Conquer Clutter Overwhelm
Know that this is your journey and it is a process. If you cannot toss or donate the item, then find it a home. Maybe it is something that you place in a visible place because it causes you joy. If it does not, but you just do not know what you want to do with, find it a home. Maybe that is a place in the basement, a drawer, or the garage. But maybe sure to come back to it. Step an alarm, a notification, or schedule time in your calendar to review.
It can be challenging, but start with the clutter. Start by removing any of the unwanted items. This will help you truly see what you do have and help you only organize the “stuff” you are keeping.
Separate the items that you are keeping into “like” objects. Example, if you are in the kitchen maybe all utensils, all mugs, all glasses, all plates, all bowls, etc.
This will help you understand visually how many things need a home. It will allow you to determine or estimate the space that you need to store them.
Once you have categorized your keep piles, then you will truly start to organize them. At this point, you will determine where they should live based on how you use them and what makes sense to you and your family. Maybe your mugs are near the coffee maker. Or maybe they need to be closest to the sink because you need to first fill out the mugs with water and then go to the Keurig.
At this point, you can also begin to determine if any baskets or boxes are needed for organizing. I like to use organizers for smaller objects, like batteries, zip lock bags, straws, etc.
Your budget is something that should be considered. Do not over extend yourself. You can get something from the Dollar Tree or re-purpose cereal boxes to organize your belongings. At some point, you can certainly upgrade, if that is important to you. The goal here is to simply give everything a home. The top source of clutter is because objects do not have a home.
Keep it simple, label when needed, and communicate the new home with your family. I like to use a verbal and non-verbal system. I first verbally discuss the home with my family. Let them know what I am thinking and ask if it makes sense to them. Take in input because that helps to create buy-in to a more sustainable, organization system.
Then label it! This is a non-verbal protection to help maintain your system. It prevents you from nagging, but allows it to continue to be a maintainable home.
Reevaluate continuously. As you notice that things are not going into the space you had selected, take a moment to determine why. Does this spot really make sense? Does it reflect how your family uses the home? Did the label fall off? If you need to move it, then find a better home for your family. This will prevent clutter.
Intentional Living Tip
This is one of my favorite places to start in my home or to have others start, especially when they are feeling overwhelmed.
Walk around your home and collect all of the clutter. These are things that cause you distress or stress as you walk around your home. Often these are things that are on the floor, piled on the counter, or elsewhere in your home. Place all of these things in a basket.
Review each object. Determine if it should be tossed, donated, or kept. If it is to be kept, then find it a home. Maybe you know where it should go, but that particular drawer is a mess. Then place it to the side and come back to it once you have created its home.
It is a process, so it may seem to get worse before it gets better. BUT it will all come together. You will, with time, create a more organized home or room.
Take action today.
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