There’s no better way to start a new year than with a clean slate and some brand new ideas! January is officially National Get Organized Month and I am 100% here for this. After so many ups and downs of 2020, it’s time to re-focus and re-set our spaces.
“For Every Minute Spent on Organizing, an Hour is Earned.”
Setting yourself up to succeed with an organized home will make your days much easier and lead to a happier, stress-free environment for your family. There are so many places in your home that can easily become drop zones and cause clutter to pile up. By making a designated space for everything in your home, you remove the potential for clutter and can breathe a little easier when it’s time to find items quickly.
“A Good System Shortens the Road to the Goal.”
Organizing is all about putting a system into place and watching it work its magic as you maintain it. From your master closet to your home office, or even your pantry and laundry room, you can make your space feel open and clean by taking time to get a system in place. Try this five-step fail-proof system to get your home organized space by space.
- Evaluate. Determine how you want to use the space, how the space can serve you, and get an idea of which items belong in that space.
- Sort. Now you do detail evaluating by looking at each item in the space and seeing if it fits the purpose of the space. Things will get messy during this part but remember—it usually gets worse before it gets better.
- Purge. Be honest! If an item is not serving you in the space and cannot serve you in another space, then it must go. Purging can be extremely difficult, but try asking yourself these three questions as you go through items: When was the last time I used this item? Do I love this item? Does keeping this item align with my goal of simplifying my space?
- Organize. Assign each item a home in the space. Put systems in place for storing and retrieving these items. Create a system that is sustainable and will work long-term and not short-term.
- Maintain. Getting organized takes a lot of work, so you will want to make sure the systems you create are easy to maintain. Maintaining your new system is a lifestyle change, but you can make it easier by investing in custom solutions like the ones we offer at Saint Louis Closet Co.
“I Regret Organizing My House” – said No One, Ever
It’s true—organizing brings life and joy to your space. It gives everything you love a home and makes efficient use of your belongings. If you are ready to tackle organizing your home this month, try some of these tips for making the most out of your spaces.
- Store an item as close to possible as where you would typically use it.
- Use products and containers to subdivide larger areas.
- Create categories so you can easily store and access your items.
- Use drawer organizers in your vanity, dressers, and kitchen cabinets to easily divide and locate your items.
- Use stackable bins in areas like the playroom or the panty.
- Make the most use of spaces you never considered before—like storage bins from a ceiling rack in the garage or over-the-door storage in your pantry or linen closets.
- Use labels to make it easy to find anything anywhere. Labels help keep your spaces organized so everyone can grab and replace what they need.
Progress Each Day Leads up to Big Results!
Celebrate National Get Organized Month and freshen up your spaces. While most people are likely organizing their homes, you can take these tips and processes to any space in your life—your car, your workspace, etc. The more organized you can keep your life, the smoother your days will be. We should be enjoying our lives—and if we are going to go into 2021 with a ton of positivity, organizing will only help us along! Good luck— and, I cannot wait to hear what you accomplish this month! Leave me a comment so I can hear your process.