Last month, I shared a blog post about December being one of the best times of the year to declutter your home. I truly believe living a minimalist lifestyle has helped make my life easier. If you have started decluttering you home or have huge intentions of doing so, congrats!
The journey might feel overwhelming at first. My best tip is to start with the room or area in your home that drives you completely crazy. You will have the highest energy to get this room/area in tip top shape. This room/area is usually where you spend the most amount of time in and can will get the biggest bang for your buck when completed. Next, take a picture of the room/area. This is beneficial for two reasons: First, to use as an inspirational before/after picture. When completed, it will motivate you to do the other areas of your home. Second, to see how bad the room really is. Sometimes you don't really know how bad the situation is until you see it in a picture. Want an example of this? Check out the before pictures of my craft closet. It was essentially my dumping ground/junk drawer with doors.
Ok. Here we go, these are the steps to getting organized:
STEP 1: TAKE OUT ALL THE GARBAGE
This step “should” literally be the easiest and you will be making no brainer decisions. Anything that should have been thrown out (actual trash) should be thrown in the garbage first. Think empty drink and food containers.
STEP 2: REMOVE ALL THINGS THAT BELONG SOMEWHERE ELSE
Remove all the things that belong in other rooms. Dishes, work stuff, kids stuff. Get them out. Don't get distracted about putting them back in their place in that room. Just dump it in there and go back to your initial room.
STEP 3: GET RID OF THINGS YOU DON’T LOVE OR NEED
Before you do this step, put all similar things together and then sort through them. With each item, ask yourself if you need it or love it. Keep only the things you love. Items that should be replaced (like old towels) should also be gotten rid of too. Don’t keep them and say you will throw them out when you replace them. It will never happen. We both know that.
STEP 4: KEEP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER
Keep like items together. For example, keep all the baking equipment together and the baking supplies close to the equipment. This is truly the best way to organize and it will be so much easier when you decide you need to bake something asap like for the next day.
STEP 5: ORGANIZE TO MAXIMIZE THE SPACE
When putting your things back in the room/area, don’t default to where it was placed before or where it should be placed. Think about how best to maximize the space and to serve you. Also think about storing things upright and vertically. This might save more space too.
Last tip, whatever you decide to throw out or donate, put it outside or in your car right away. Get it out of your house. Putting them in the garage still counts. Don’t forget to take an after picture of the room/area you just organized. Feel free to brag about it! You deserve the recognition for the hard work you’ve done!