Organizing can be a lot to take on by yourself, that’s why Bring Peace Home and The Fix have teamed up to give you 10 tips and tricks to help you organize. No matter what you’re organizing, you need to be ready to make a change in your space. When you’re feeling stuck in your organizing project, look over this list and try the tips that apply to your space. Remember, your space is a constant work in progress, and the most important thing is that it works for you.
Empty out everything first – I know it’s tempting to start organizing with everything still in its place, but there are always advantages to organizing by clearing the space first. You will find some things that were hidden and will be able to make better decisions about what to keep or donate. Plus, while everything’s out, it’s a great time to dust off shelves or vacuum out the closet. The final product will be even better!
Don’t get too caught up in cute baskets and bins for your space. Sometimes they are amazing and work great. That’s only if you know what’s in there. If you do use them, make sure you label them and go through them frequently. If you can't commit to that, simply go through your things and put them away neatly. Spending money on bins isn’t always needed.
Go up the wall! If space is limited, start looking for wall space you can use to organize. Floating shelves are beautiful and functional. Cube furniture is inexpensive, looks nice and can contain a lot! Your things suddenly become part of your decor. Having them out in the open may help you to keep it neat too, which is a huge bonus.
Trash stuff you no longer need, use, or love. 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 pick up time! Donate them now!
If during your pursuits you unearth items of particular sentiment, treat those items with the respect that is due. Use it, frame it, shadowbox it, or pack it away properly and with care.
Label! You may think this is an unnecessary step, but having designated spaces for everything will keep your space in order. Labels are especially necessary if you have several people putting things away. Labels are also great for kids and they’re great for keeping your sanity (so you aren’t asked where everything goes!
Get an outsider’s perspective. Whether you enlist a trusted friend, family member, pet, or professional organizer, it always helps to have an outsider's perspective when going through your clutter. Getting rid of items you don’t need is one of the most important steps of decluttering your space.
No matter the size of the home, storage is always an issue. Every item you add to your home is taking up space. Reconsider what you give valuable space. Ask yourself “Is it worth the amount of space it’s taking up?” “Could this space be used in a more efficient way?” If the items don’t mean anything to you or don’t serve a purpose, don’t let it take up precious space.
Make your home work for you. Your home shouldn’t be difficult to navigate, you shouldn’t avoid a cabinet or a closet because it is overflowing with stuff. When organizing your home create systems that make sense for you. Put like items together, make most used items accessible and easy to get out and put away.
Use the same hangers throughout your closet. This seems like a little thing, but it makes a huge difference. I always suggest the slim felt hangers which you can get in bulk, it creates more room in your closet and it looks more consistent. This will make your clothes look organized, even if they aren’t.
So, how do you feel after reading those? They aren’t too complicated, and each will bring so much more order to your life. Try ONE of these things at a time - don’t overwhelm yourself! Check out our web pages for more organizing tips and be sure to follow us on Instagram! As always, if you get started and realize you need help, we are here to help you whether it be virtual organizing or one on one organizing in your home.
If you need organizing help in or near Chicago, check out Lily at www.thefixco.com
For those of you in Dallas/Fort Worth, Stefanie can be found at www.bringpeacehomedfw.com