In life, but especially in organizing, where to begin can feel like a very daunting question. When it feels like a lot of things are needing our attention, knowing where to focus our efforts first can feel overwhelming.
But - with a few helpful tips from the experts, we can get you set off on the right foot and establish healthy habits to sustain and maintain all your hard work going forward.
We promise it's worth the effort.
1 - Discover Your Why?
What is your reason for wanting to get organized? Is it to eliminate the mental burden of clutter? To always know where things in your home are kept? To free up more time to enjoy life instead of always feeling like you’re tidying up? Or are you yearning to streamlining and downsizing the volume of stuff you keep? Perhaps it is a combo of all of the above. Whatever your reason, it's important to name it before you begin. As with anything in life, your energy and commitment to the project will ebb and flow - having a clear 'why' and remembering the end goal when your energy begins to wane will help cary you through.
2 - Start Small
This is crucial. We often have clients call us after deciding to get organized and immediately diving into their overflowing basement or bursting garage. It is really easy to get overwhelmed in the beginning, so pick some small projects to help hone your skills and bolster your confidence. Think things like kitchen drawers, random cupboards, coat closets, or bookshelves - these are great starting points. Try to think of places where you wont have much sentimental attachment to the things you are decluttering - mastering your ability to purge and let go is just as important as making a beautiful, functional space, so DON'T start with a box of keepsakes or baby clothes.
3 - Celebrate Along the Way
Once you've completed a project, ENJOY IT! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Celebration can be as simple as taking a few moments with a cup of tea to admire your work, sending a before and after photo to a good friend for a little ego-boosting, or sharing your accomplishments over social media - whatever feels right to you, take a moment and honour how far you've come.
4 - Establish New Habits to Maintain What You've Created
Once the work has been done, it's important to take a few minutes each day to maintain what you've created. We are big fans of the five minute tidy. In short, it’s a nightly reset. Take five minutes before heading to bed to ensure all surfaces are cleared, couch pillows are fluffed and blankets are refolded, dishes are put away, counters are wiped down, and there is nothing left for anyone to deal with the next day. Doing this is a simple way to reset your home - to ensure your space maintains organization and rhythm, and to start your morning off on the right foot. (When we asked our organizing team for some of their best organizing life-hacks, several of them replied with five minute tidy! Definitely worth a shot if this isn’t already part of your nightly routine.)
5- Ask for Help if you get Stuck
Sometimes organizing is hard and some people simply don't enjoy it. If you find yourself feeling stuck, overwhelmed, short on time, or simply wanting a buddy to work along side you, give us a call. Our team is experienced, compassionate, non-judgemental, and able to accomplish a lot in a very small amount of time. We can do as much or as little as you need, and will always offer helpful tips and guidance about where best to focus your energy and how to meet your goals. Get in touch to schedule a free in-home consultation today.