Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Alright everyone! Here's the post that could save your house (or your marriage, your kids, whatever)! Maybe not really, but these simple tips could take you from overwhelmed to overjoyed with your space. I get how it works. People get paralyzed by the sheer amount of stuff and they have no idea where or how to begin. Sometimes, just starting SOMEWHERE is enough to get you going. Today, I'm going to give you a simple outline of what to do and the order to do it in.
Now, you may be asking yourself, "WHY would she tell us the secrets of the ages (relative to organizing anyways)?" Because I can't be everywhere all the time, and because sometimes people are more the diy types and don't want to me come help them anyways. Lastly, not all of you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (that's a biggie)!
Let's get to it!
There is an order to things. Behold - a hidden gem, known only to the naturally organized. Here it is...
1. The first step is to trash stuff you no longer need, use, or love. As my hero Marie Kondo says, (I'm paraphrasing) If it doesn't add joy to your life, trash it. I'll get to sentimental items in a moment. Make two piles in this category - give away and trash. I use black trash bags for giveaway and white trash bags for garbage. You can always write on the side of the bag so that you don't end up at the Salvation Army with a bunch of candy wrappers you found under your bed. Experience is a great teacher! Next you actually put these bags into your car and take them to the donation place of your choosing. Don't drive around with those bags in your car! Don't make your kids shove them over in order to fit into the car at school pickup time! Donate them now! If you unearth items of particular sentiment, please see my related post about ascribing honor to items that are meaningful to you. Long story short, give it a place of honor if it's meaningful. Frame it, shadowbox it, or pack it away properly and with care.
2. Now that all you have left are things you love, use, and enjoy, it's time to organize! Group like items together into piles so that you can see how large of a drawer or container you need for each grouping. For instance, in my bathroom, I have one small drawer for hair spray, hair ties, flat iron, brushes and combs. All of my hair things are there except my hair dryer, which is hanging under my vanity, always plugged in and ready to go. The larger drawer in my vanity contains makeup and face cream. Another small drawer holds essential oils and daily medications. Still another small drawer has coconut oil (which I use to clean my face) and facial wipes. In grouping face stuff, hair stuff and meds stuff, I can clearly see how much space I will need for each.
3. Sometimes it becomes a matter of shelving. Once you've gathered your things into piles of "like items", use cute bins, baskets and containers to pull those things into order. You may find that you don't have enough shelving or drawers to put it all away. That is one reason the space may have become cluttered in the first place. Target, Costco and Home Goods all have shelving and furniture that is good quality, not super expensive, and easy to put together.
4. The last step is to label your baskets, bins, drawers or whatever you use and to give your people in your home a little "tour" of where to find things. Label makers are inexpensive and make you look like a pro. Gift tags tied on to baskets are cute too. There are lots of ways to make sure that you remember what you put where.
Once all of these steps are complete, make it a discipline to put things away as you use them. Now that you know where they go, it is easier to put them away and keep your space orderly. Next time you need that item, it'll be there - like a trusty friend.
If you find that you would prefer to have a professional come and help you achieve this beautiful level of Nirvana, send me a message and I will be happy to put you into the schedule. Don't fret if the diy way is not for you. It's not for everyone.
We are all good at different things!
Good luck and let me know how it goes!