Previously we’ve covered one hindrance to getting organized. In my first post in this series I mentioned that we will uncover 11 common roadblocks that most of us are familiar with, on some level, that prevent us from taking steps toward a more organized life.
In part 1, we learned that some people find it hard to organize because they have no definite system in place- no specific “home” assigned to their belongings. Today, let’s talk about the steps for how to get organized and uncover another common obstacle to organization.
Hindrance # 2: Your Space Isn’t Functional
In this situation, you have already assigned a “home” to your belongings, but it isn’t functioning well enough to create successful order to your space. Either it is too inconvenient, too high to reach, too cluttered, too hard to get to…you get the point.
It isn’t working well, so it isn’t being used regularly. I have found that we are often creatures of habit even when those habits aren’t ideal. Such is the situation here. Common complaints you may have are as follows…
-I can’t reach the space to put it away every time I need to.
-The space where this belongs is already too full and cluttered.
-The space is inconvenient, in another room, out of reach.
The truth is that no one will continue to put things in their place properly after every use if it’s too hard. You have to make the process convenient and simple. The solution is fairly easy. You only store things in areas where you would ordinarily use them.
For example, we used to store the ironing board in the laundry room. Why? Because, when I grew up, my mom stored hers in the laundry room. However, we need it where there are wrinkled clothes. So, I moved it to the closet. Now, it is conveniently located for use every time I need it. Putting it away is easy now.
So, if this particular obstacle is an issue in your organization, your homework is to think through your space and resolve it. This is one of the most important steps for how to get organized, but many people overlook it.
Ask yourself: What isn’t working well for you? What items are frequently left out and not stored away? How can you change that? What habits have you created simply because you saw your parents store items in particular ways?
Make a list, if you need to. Then, create a plan of action to fix those issues. If your list of issues to fix is overwhelming, set specific dates to address each one. Schedule it on your calendar.
Putting items away should be convenient and easy. You will gain order and peace in your home by taking the time to simply put everything away daily. Plus, you’ll gain the personal satisfaction of actually getting things done that you want.
As you are in the process of getting organized, I think this video might be helpful. He addresses some things organized people do to help them to stay organized.
Stay tuned for the next post in this series where we’ll continue to tackle the obstacles that prevent you from being more organized and the steps for how to get organized. Read part 3 here.
Need to deep clean? I have lists for you to guide you along.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.
Need to Declutter Every room? Decluttering is one of the first steps for how to get organized. I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
2022 update: The year long thorough declutter series is on video now. You can subscribe via youtube through the video shown in this post below.
Struggling with the daily housekeeping chores? Check out my ebook on this topic, entitled Make Over Your Homemaking. Use this link to get it at a discounted price.
How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Coat Closet/Hall Closet/Linen Closet checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Home Office checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Attic checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Garage checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Living Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Kitchen Checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Entry/Foyer/Mudroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Clothing checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bedroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bathroom checklist can be found here.
New to deemiddleton.com and don’t know where to start? I recommend going in this order:
Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can sign up here.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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Also, check out a great post on decluttering over here from becomingminimalist.com. Joshua Becker has some great tips on decluttering and minimalism.
For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.
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