Get your Home Organized
Get Your Home Organized
That’s kind of a scary title isn’t it? The thought of organizing your entire home – it sounds like a lifetime project. It’s also depressing. There’s so much to do and so little time. It makes organizing your home sound like the impossible dream. But fear not! It can be done! And, it can be done by YOU!
Where to start? Start with a thought process. Get a pad of paper and a writing instrument of some type and get going.
Make a List and Check it Twice:
Start in room one – whatever that room happens to be. Start small and work your way up. Let’s start in the front hall. What bothers you in the front hall? Does everyone take off their coats, shoes, boots and backpacks and throw them on the floor? Put that on the list. Is the mail and car keys dumped on a table in the hall? Put this on the list. Is the dogs collar and leash left on the floor? Put it all on the list.
When you’re done with the first room, go on to the second and then the third and so forth. It’s a good idea to use one page per room, this way you can jot down ideas for keeping a space clean and what purchases you may need to make for storage, etc. Keep in mind that you’re going to have to include spaces like closets within a room. Don’t leave the hall without peeking into the closet. Screaming and running does not count as a useful action. If the closet needs decluttering or organizing, put it on the list to. When you’ve finished your list, look it over and make sure you hit all rooms.
Organizing Isn’t Just for Inside the House:
Do all of the rooms in your house. That includes “outside rooms” like the porch, garage, the tool shed and don’t forget the basement and attic. They should be done too.
You might be amazed at how many old and empty boxes of slug bait you have, dried up paint, damaged tools that serve no purpose. The same thing applies to the garage with old and broken toys, empty oil cans piling up, car parts that you might make a few bucks on.
What Can You Do to Make it Better?
Where do these messes come from and how can you organize them? Those coats and shoes in the front hall – are they being left on the floor because there is no place in the closet to hang them? What’s in the closet? This should have been on your list of organizing. Clean out all of the items that can no longer be used, things that are too small, ruined, and seasonal items can be stored for next season.
You’ll be surprised at how much space you’ve opened up. Maybe you don’t have a closet where these items are taken off. Hang hooks, maybe add a bench with storage and baskets on the table for keys. When you have a solution for the organizational problems in your home you’re going to feel alot better.
It’s Not Just up to You:
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this before, but get others involved in the process. If there are others in the house that contribute to the disorganized state of your home, have them help to organize it. They will have a much bigger appreciation for picking up after themselves in the future.