Getting organized can be a tedious task for any person. A cluttered room can send a person straight into a panic attack pronto. Where does this go? Where should I put that? How did my house get this way? Don’t cry when you see everything all over the place. Take it one step at a time and before you know it your life will be color coded and tidy! Here are some tips to help you get your life and home organized in no time.
Getting Organized and Saying Goodbye to Clutter!
Start with a list!
Making a list of everything that needs to be done will help you SO much. It will help ease the anxiety of what needs to be done; once it is out of your brain you will feel much better. A list will also help you keep you motivated and give you a sense of pride and accomplishment as you get to cross things off.
Start in one room
Looking at the overall project and how much you need to get done can be so overwhelming. Do not do that to yourself. Start in one room and stay there until it is finished. One of my biggest problems is walking into another room to put something away and then seeing something in there and getting distracted by that room. Do not fall into this trap! Put your blinders on and remain in the first room until it is done and finished!
Even for busier rooms like the kitchen, I create zones to keep me focused. Clearing out one zone at a time for areas like this will make the process far more manageable.
Purge items regularly
Make a schedule to purge your house of unused items regularly and TRY to stick with it. I say try because I know how hard it is to get into a routine of regularly doing anything. Once you get into the habit of it, you will thank yourself. Some people find success making it a rule that if something new is purchased and brought into the house they must get rid of something “old”. This will keep the clutter to a minimum and hopefully get you into the habit of doing so regularly. When creating a habit, it will take some time to get used to. You have to make intentional changes to create this habit. The reward will definitely be worth it.
Make a “family command station”
Wherever your family’s “stuff” usually lands is a great place for a family command station. Either by the front door, in the mudroom, or in the laundry room is a great place to put hooks on the wall to hold backpacks, purses, coats. Place baskets or totes for them to place their shoes in to keep the dirt and grime off your floors. You can hang corkboard or whiteboards above their hooks to be able to write notes keep chore lists on. This can help your family get in the habit quickly and have a place to communicate. It is great for those who work different hours than their partner or just need a place to put stuff down so others can see it at a later time.
Make Donations Regularly
Make it a habit to regularly go through your home and find things that you do not use and put them in a donation tote. If you have not used an item in a few months or do not plan on using it in the next few months, donate it. Place a big plastic tote in an area out of the way but easily accessible that you can toss clothing that does not fit anymore and shoes you do not wear. Have the kids go through their toy box regularly and put toys they are not playing with anymore into the tote. When it gets full, take it over to the Goodwill or to a local homeless shelter.
If you need help saying goodbye to clutter, here is a handy clutter checklist to help you out. Do not expect miracles to happen in one day, it took a while for your house to get like this and it may take a bit and some practice to get it all done. Maybe one of your uber organized friends can come over and help you or keep you company while you are working. Try not to give yourself a hard time for not completing the task on day one, but celebrate what you DID get done and let that be your motivation to continue the next day. You can do this!This post may contain affiliate links, please review my disclosure policy .