There is nothing more sexy than a clean, organized home. And guess what? Fall is a perfect time to get your home in order. It’s the time when we all start thinking about our home improvement projects and getting our homes in order for the holidays. The best way to start that process is to get our homes organized. Once we have organization we can view each space with unbiased eyes and determine what our first project will be. Even if we don’t need to engage in major renovation, getting our spaces de cluttered and organized will help us to feel less stressed and more comfortable at home. Here are some tips to help you get organized.
1. Choose a place to start:
You may have several areas of your home that you would like to organize, but start with just one. Decide which space gives you the most stress or the biggest headache or perhaps the area in which you entertain or where you have guests. Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick with it. Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning the entire house seems daunting. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move to the next.
2. Allow plenty of time
Make sure you have realistic goals and expectations. Don’t expect organization to happen overnight. Schedule a few hours each day to work on the chosen space. Of course if you choose the garage over the linen closet, it will take much more time.
3. Clean house
Once you have selected a space, go through the contents. Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t need or use anymore. Use the 2 year rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn or used it in 2 years, it is time to say goodbye. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed.
4. Take inventory
After you have removed extraneous items, take a look at what remains and ask yourself some important questions. Do these things belong in this space? Does it make sense to keep them here? Is there another more suitable place for this?
5. Look for wasted space
If you are in need of more storage space, think creatively about additional areas that you can put to work. Perfect examples include over doors and underneath beds. These areas are valuable real estate in your home and are often overlooked.
Once you have completed the first tasks of getting organized, it’s time to do the hard work. The key rules to organization are visibility, accessibility and flexibility.
Choose storage solutions that are transparent or are easily labeled to help immediately identify the contents and will help save valuable time.
Ensure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access. Likewise, place the items you don’t need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another space.
Select a storage system that can adapt to your changing needs. That way, you can reconfigure and reuse solutions to solve a variety of storage and organization problems.
Check out a few inspirational images to help you get started. And of course if you need a little help from your fairy god designer, just give a shout. Much love and luck with your projects. – Tina
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