You’ve reorganized a space that was driving you crazy for awhile. You decluttered, bought some cute organizers and have organized this space so beautifully. You’re proud of yourself and what you’ve accomplished. It looks great, you feel great. It’s like you’ve done a cleanse. A few weeks go by and it’s smooth sailing, this system is knocking off your socks and you are loving it. A month goes by, it’s working but the excitement of it has worn off. A few months later, you’re wondering what the heck happened and how did this space become unorganized again. Sound familiar?
This has happened more times than I can remember. It’s left me frustrated and wondering why I can’t keep the space organized. There are a few things I’ve learned through the years that have really helped me get over this issue.
- Things Change. There isn’t always a one size fits all for everything. Realize as you grow and change, your systems will change too. They need to be nurtured. A perfect example of this is kids. If you have kids, you know they grow through clothes quickly, you’ve blinked and they’ve gone up in two sizes. The size of their clothes will change, so your methods will change.
- Let Go of Perfection. This is certainly much easier said than done, I have to work at this one often. If something isn’t lined up or folded perfectly, it can drive me crazy but it’s also a waste of time trying to perfect it. As inspiring as Pinterest is, it can also leave you feel less than worthy because you can’t organize your pantry the way it is in the image.
- We Have Stuff. Our homes are filled with items we love. We get mail daily, kids come home from a birthday party with a party favor or home from school with papers, an Amazon order shows up, you go shopping, etc. There is always stuff coming in and it’s important to recognize what comes in on a daily or weekly basis. If you’ve got more coming in than going out, it’s going to add up quickly. Make it a rule if something comes in, something must go out.
A lot of making a system work is habit, putting back in the proper place. It’s training yourself to put it where it belongs. Are there times that it doesn’t happen? Yeah of course but most of the time it should go in the place you planned for it.
Here’s how you can find the right organizing system for you:
Questions To Ask Yourself:
- What’s the area that needs help?
- Is there anything that is working in this area now?
- How do you want this space to look?
- Do I have a budget for organizing supplies for this space?
- Are there any images that are close to how I want this space to look?
- Take a before picture. It’s always fun to look at before and afters. It’s easy to not take a before picture because you are so focused and motivated to start your project.
- Clear the space completely. It’s like starting with a blank sheet of paper, it’s much easier to visualize the space when it’s clear versus trying to figure it out with items in there.
- Sort like items. This will help you see if you have double of anything and make it easier to find items moving forward.
- Throw out what isn’t being used or is broken. This might be your toughest step especially if you haven’t used it. You’ll find yourself saying “It’s good to have”. If you’ve gotten to this point, it’s time to go. Get rid of it and don’t look back.
- Gather any current organizing supplies you have. You might be surprised what you already have at your house. Also, think unconventional. For example, if you have a kitchen utensil holder not being used, it could be used for organizing crayons by color.
- Analyze the space you are organizing. How do you want it to look? What organizers do you need? Find a few images you like and see how you can incorporate it into your new space.
- Start establishing your system. Take your organizers and start implementing them into your space. Play around with the lay out, get it to where it’s functional and you know you will use it.
- Put away your items. Your system is in place, time put your items where they now belong.
- Take an after picture and smile! Congratulations you did it!
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