Hello, friends. Today I get to share about something I love to do, that's organize. I know, I'm probably weird. And trust me, there are plenty of things I'm not good at and/or don't like to do. Somehow I just got this gene.
But as I talk to my friends and family, I'm learning that not everyone loves to create systems and rearrange "stuff" as much as I do. And I often get asked for tips on how I put our house into order.
So the last time I did a major overhaul in our home, I jotted down some notes. I had a very specific thought process going and steps I was taking to tidy up our house after Christmas. And I knew I would share these with you in a blog post sooner or later. I even took pictures to share, hence the handy collage above.
I'm going to get right into 7 steps that I took when I reorganized our home, and the good news is that these are very basic ideas that you can implement when organizing any space. Then in upcoming posts, I will dive into specific stations in my house and how I organized them. Sound good?
7 EASY TIPS FOR ORGANIZING ANYTHING
1. MAKE IT FUN
Listen to music or podcasts that you seem to never get to. It will make the time fly, and make organizing seem like a treat instead of a chore. And plan for a reward that you will earn when you finish. Starbucks, new shoes, you decide.
2. THINK "STATIONS"
Decide what you are organizing based on stations, not rooms. Base stations on areas that are important to you and your family. For me this last time, I wanted stations for crafting, paperwork, and the kids' new toys.
3. EASY ACCESS TO IMPORTANT STUFF
While organizing, keep in mind the items that you want most accessible. For me that day, I jotted down: coffee, Miles's drums, Graham's cars, my hobbies, and lotion (ha, ha). These things needed to be in the perfect place. If you have children, also consider accessibility for them. I often put the children's things down low and in buckets for easy kid access.
4. BE WILLING TO TOSS NON-IMPORTANT STUFF
Part of good organizing is always a willingness to get rid of things you don't use or don't need. It's about freeing up space physically and mentally. Make a trash pile, a donate pile, and a sell pile and be willing to part with unimportant and unused "stuff". Trust me, you won't fully enjoy the results of your organizing if there is still "crap" cluttering up your newly organized space.
5. UNCONVENTIONAL STORAGE & DISPLAY
Before you run to IKEA, see what you have around the house that you can re-purpose for storing and displaying. That week I put a big plant on a leftover chair in the corner of the living room, put our television on two night stands stored in our garage, and put plants on a step ladder also found in my garage. Money spent: zero dollars.
6. TUCK AWAY OR KEEP VISIBLE
Think in these two categories while you are organizing each item. Some belongings are best kept in site. Other items are better hidden away. Keep things visible if you need to remember them, use them a lot, or they just look pretty. Tuck away things you don't need to remember, don't use often, or just look messy.
7. BINS, BASKETS, BAGS, AND LABELS
Always take inventory of your containers before running out for more. Move things around, change containers out, find what works best for your organizing goals right now. This last organizing session I didn't have to get any new containers but I sure did rearrange bags, bins, and baskets like crazy! It's refreshing to use them in different ways. And nothing finishes off a good organizing project better than labels. I simply hand-write on address labels.
Coming up, I will walk through specifics on how I have organized many stations in our house. I'm going to shoot for posting about once a week, and that should give you plenty of time to try a few ideas yourself if you choose before I move onto the next station.
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Have any other great organizing tips for our list today? Feel free to share in the comments. We love talking organizing around here!
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