6 Tips Promoting Home Organization
- Donate, Sell or Trash home contents that have not been used within the last year or two with the exception of a reasonable amount of keepsakes and pictures.
- Clutter is paralyzing. Less is so much more! Most people have too much stuff! Fill a few boxes or bags every weekend for goodwill, trash collector or recycling center until your home feels light and airy. Everyone in your family can do the same until your space is de-cluttered & organized.
- Do not make home improvement or home organizing item purchases until you are ready that particular day to use it or build it. Buy for the day, less Clutter.
- Each day you work on a de-cluttering or organizing project, get rid of donations and trash the same day. Immediate de-cluttering makes a positive impact on each space.
- Title each room and space inside your home. Assign a home for each object within your home. When items are returned to it’s particular spot the space stays organized. Everyday life is more calm and easy as a result of creating a home for all contents.
- Sort like items together throughout your home. Buy home organizing products and label where necessary.
Success Hints For Sticking With Your Home Organizing Projects.
- Be realistic with time. Home organization can be a very long and tedious process in many areas of your home. Be sure to break large projects into pieces to avoid burn out and exhaustion. Basements, garages and attics are the largest storage areas of most homes and take the most amount of time to finish.
- Set aside thirty minutes to an hour a day for light organization & de-cluttering.
- One or two days a week of hard physical home organizing work is enough. Each 3 to 5 hour session is hard work so take a few days off in-between sessions to give your mind and body time to heal.
Spring has sprung. Seasonal change is the best time to spring clean and organize your closet. Open some windows, turn on some good music and jump in and get started. Below are spring cleaning and organizing tips to help you get organized.
6 Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips:
1. Every Fall and Spring revisit your wardrobe. Decide what parts of your wardrobe has seen better days and either donate or toss the items.
2. After you have pulled out all donate and trash items then it is time to empty out the space whether it is your closet or drawers.
3. Once the space is empty dust, vacuum and/or mop the area thoroughly.
4. If your closet is really looking rough you may want to paint the closet with a fresh coat of paint. Chose a light color because it makes it easier to see what it inside your closet. If you are really gung-ho you can add a light if you do not have one already inside your closet.
5. Add home organizing products if you need any to help keep your space organized. I like to replace hangers to make sure they all match. Drawer dividers help keep the contents sorted. Shelving towers and shoe shelves help divide your closet into zones. Shelving also keeps your closet looking neat and tidy.
6. Once the space is clean and dry replace the items to your drawers and closet. Place like items together. I always place all clothing on hangers facing the same direction. Sort by color, type and style.
So many people feel they need so many things to be happy. Things are just things. People are what matter in life. Attaching human characteristics to things is one of the most common causes of clutter build up. Another clutter issue is past regrets. Letting go of clutter is like letting go of the past. Live in the now, feel good while you eliminate clutter. Clutter is a result of a negative emotion that can be eliminated if you learn to ask yourself tough questions while you are getting organized. Once you learn how to eliminate clutter you will feel more calm, happy and productive.
Questions to ask while you are decluttering.
- When was the last time you used this item? If the answer is more than a year ago then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- Is this item in good repair? If the answer is no then recycle or discard the item.
- Does this item look good and smell good? If the answer is no then recycle or discard the item.
- If you were shopping today would you buy this item in the store? If no then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- Is this item useful to you now? If the answer is no or someday then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- Does this item help guide you in your life and goals now? If the answer is no then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- When you look at the item, does it make you feel positive or negative? If the item makes you feel negative or regretful then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- Do you have room for this item in your home? If you do not have room for the item then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- If you died today, would your family know why you kept this item and find a use for it? If the answer is no or not sure then donate, discard, sell or recycle.
- Is there an alternative way you can capture the meaning of a keepsake item that is causing clutter to build up? Take a picture. Give it to someone that will appreciate and use the item.