You’ve been living in your home for enough time to have clutter bursting out of every closet and drawer in your house. It is an intimidating task to begin organizing your home after it reaches a certain point. These tips will make the process easier and less overwhelming so you can work toward a tidy house gradually.
One Task at a Time
Do not try to organize your entire home in one day. You might soon find yourself so exhausted and overwhelmed that you give up on the whole idea. Get out your calendar and plan on one task every week. Organizing does not need to be a long, stressful project. You can work on it a little bit at a time.
Start by noting all the areas of your home that require the most immediate attention. This might be the dresser or closet in your bedroom. Then narrow it down even further; segment the tasks in the space into individual projects such as shoes, outerwear, and paperwork. Only work on one of these tasks at a time.
By doing this, you will avoid jumping from one area of the closet to another and getting sidetracked. Finish the first task completely and then take a break. You might feel eager to get it all done at once, but avoid overdoing it and becoming unmotivated or rushed.
Keep several large boxes designated for items you do not use to begin the process of decluttering your home. As you complete each task, you should fill up the boxes. After you have made progress, you can go through the boxes and determine which items you would like to throw away or donate. Do not put the other items back into a closet just yet, unless you realize you need them for regular use. After each project is completed, go through the boxes again.
You may find that the more you look at these unused items in the box, the easier it is to let them go. After your entire house is organized, you can put the items remaining in the box back in their place if you have determined you have a need for them. This also allows you time to mull over your belongings and can prevent feeling regret after donating something you later remember you are quite fond of.
Organize as You Go
To maintain your newly organized home, you need to work on upkeep a little bit each day. This will prevent the disarray and clutter that built up before. Have designated spots for each item and put them neatly back in place after each use. Keep countertops clear and only leave out essential items. This does not require much time and will soon become an automatic behavior.
Invest in organizational storage systems like pegboards with configurable pegboard hook options to optimize how items are stored and enable easy access.
Following these tips is a great way to finally achieve a neat and organized home without too much fuss. Big projects can become burdensome and often get neglected, so the most effective way to tackle disorganization is to break it up into small tasks that are not time-consuming.