Are you feeling chaotic or stressed from the lack of organization systems you have implemented in your house? An organized home can help you eliminate stress from your life by saving you time searching for keys, papers, and other various household things. In addition, an organized home is a more relaxing space to live in. If you need to de-clutter a room or two in your home, making that first move is always the toughest.
Mapping Through the Mess
You may only have one or two rooms that need some organization systems implemented, in which case you can flip a coin to decide where to get started. However, if you have a whole house (or close to it) that needs organization then it can be rather difficult to come up with a game plan.
As a rule of thumb, start with the hardest project or the one that gives you the most grief. For instance, if you dread organizing the garage because it is going to be a real chore, then start there. Getting the “big” job done first will give you a sense of accomplishment, and will propel you forward through the rest of your tasks. On the other hand, if your closet is a mess and it makes you feel unorganized every morning as you try to leave for work, then that may be a good place to start.
Strategize, Then Organize
Most of us do not have just one or two spaces that need to be organized. If you have a lot of areas that need organization then create a list. This will not only give you structure towards organizing your house, but it will also give you a place to check off what you have finished and give you a feeling of accomplishment. Divvy up various organization tasks to different household members. You might even consider making it a competition of some sort.
As always, safety comes first. If you have a badly cluttered garage with chemicals and hazardous tools, then you need to ensure that you are taking safety precautions as you go through the garage and clean it out. For instance, kids and pets may not be allowed in the area until it is completely organized.
As you begin tackling the project, you will come across many items where you must decide whether to “keep it or toss it.” If you decide that you want to keep everything, but just organize it in a better way, then you will likely need to look for organizational tools such as containers, shelves, hooks, and labels.
Hire Some Help!
If you have a badly cluttered area that is a unique space, and you have no idea how to organize it, then you may need to call in some help. Your family and friends may have some suggestions that you have not thought of before, but a professional has had experience with all kinds of spaces and organizational issues. They will even build and install custom shelves as needed, which can significantly improve the level of organization.
In the end, a clean and organized home is a place that offers more relaxation and less stress than a disorganized house. Decide where you need to start first, make a list to help keep yourself organized, and if you have to hire someone to offer you insight into organization systems for your house, don’t be afraid to do so. It will be worth it.
Written by: Kaity Nakagoshi, Online Community Director
About the Author
Kaity was born and raised in Florida, and obtained two bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Florida. She is the Web Content Manager at Zelen Communications and the Online Community Director for the Connerton community. Some of Kaity’s favorite things are hot yoga, online shopping, Sunday brunch, college football, hair bows and headbands, playing golf, and FaceTiming with her niece.