Whether you’re frustrated with how messy your home can look, or you can’t find the items you’re looking for at any given moment, we understand how tiring it can be to live in a messy space. No home is perfect, but putting some time and energy into organizing your personal space is really worth it. Organization not only leads to a neater and more efficient home, but lends a sense of relaxation to the atmosphere. That’s why below, we’ve put together the golden rules of organization that you should follow!
1. Break It Down
A way to stay true to this process? Instead of trying to organize your home in one weekend, break it down into sections at a time. Don’t take everything out of your closet and then quickly shove it back in when the phone rings for an emergency, essentially leaving the situation worse than if you hadn’t cleaned. Start by making a list of everything you want, then break that main list down into smaller ones. It is also recommended to set your smartphone’s timer to 15-minute sessions aimed at specific goals, such as organizing your nightstand or a specific shelf.
2. Declutter First
Clutter prevents you from appreciating the items you truly enjoy and love, while perpetuating the cycle of a disorganized space. When you get rid of items that no longer serve you, you are much more likely to maintain a neat and well-organized space. Now is the time to get rid of what you don’t need from your past, sell books you haven’t opened since university and donate those jeans that don’t fit you. Once you’ve decluttered, you can then assess what kinds of storage solutions make sense for your space (just be sure to measure the dimensions first).
3. Create Item Zones
Although it sounds terribly boring, the “key” to maintaining an organized space is to create so-called zones for your items. This goes for the pieces in your wardrobe as well as the scrunchies in your drawer. Group those that are similar, then give each category a name with labels. If you’re disciplined enough or prefer to avoid tags altogether, commit to always putting things in the same place.
4. Place Similar Things Together
One of the things that can make a huge difference in how you organize your space is putting similar things together. Make sure you pull everything of the category you are working on together from anywhere it lives in your house. Seeing everything you sorted by categories — jeans in one corner, coffee mugs in another — it gives you a chance to see how much of something you have, making it easier to get rid of extras.
5. Balance Between Aesthetics And Functionality
For example, storing your tops in wicker baskets might look nice on a pinterest moodboard, but it’s impractical to rummage through them every time you need them. In this case, it is better to organize your pieces with shelf dividers or store them in special boxes. On the other hand, it’s important that your style motivates you to keep your space neat and organized! So try to combine them!
6. Let Go Of The Guilt
Whether it’s a luxury item you got but don’t end up using, or a gift from your best friend, don’t let guilt rob you of a clean and tidy space. Not only do these things take up space in your mind, but also in your home. Remember that if you spend a lot of time looking at objects that you don’t actually like, they can affect you on a subconscious level. In the future, be sure to part with them in time and if they are gifts, just remember that it’s the thought that counts.
7. Support Your New Habits
Habits change consciously and with time, especially when you approach new habits mindfully. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you adapt to your new decluttering and organizing habits! It helps to keep the new habits you are developing in your consciousness in order to jump start your new systems and keep them working.
Organize Your Home: What Are The Benefits?
You will find yourself having more time, less stress, you will know where everything is located (which saves time and huge headaches), and it will make your life easier and, more importantly, happier. Your environment plays a huge part on your attitude, outlook, and even blood pressure levels. When it’s in disarray, that will reflect and play an immediate part on your life. It makes life so much simpler when your environment is organized, clean, and it’s easy to find things.