An organized home not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your living space but also contributes to your overall well-being. From reducing stress to boosting productivity, the benefits of an organized home are numerous. If you’re ready to transform chaos into order, this step-by-step guide will walk you through practical strategies to effectively organize your home and every corner of your abode.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your guest room or kid’s room. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at some tips to declutter any junk drawers plus a few ways to organize your home.
The best way to develop a new habit is by slowly and daily application. We will begin a new daily declutter habit starting with the 2nd bathroom. In the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series, we will declutter 30 minutes a day, five days a week on weekdays. Sign up to receive daily encouragement and motivation.
Plus, you’ll learn your specific daily task to work toward completing the goal of a Year Long Thorough Declutter where you will declutter every space and learn how to start to purge your house. Are you ready to finally get organized? If so, will you join us? Leave a comment below to subscribe.
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Currently we are working on decluttering the Guest Room or Kid’s Room. The daily task for today, Aug. 8, 2023, is to begin to declutter any junk drawers. Remember, we are focusing on just the guest room or kid’s room area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
10 Step-By-Step Ways to Organize Your Home
Step 1: Set Clear Goals
Before diving into the ways to organize your home, define your goals. Identify which areas of your home need the most attention and determine what you want to achieve. Whether it’s creating a clutter-free living room or streamlining your kitchen, clear goals will provide direction for your efforts.
Step 2: Declutter Room by Room
Decluttering is the foundation of effective organization. Start with one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Sort items into categories like “keep,” “donate,” “sell,” and “discard.” Be ruthless in letting go of items you no longer use or need.
Step 3: Categorize Belongings
Once you’ve decluttered, categorize your belongings based on their purpose. Group similar items together. This not only helps you find things easily but also provides a clear picture of what you have.
Step 4: Invest in Storage Solutions
Having appropriate storage solutions is key to maintaining an organized home. Invest in containers, shelves, baskets, and bins that suit the needs of each space. Consider vertical storage to maximize limited space.
Step 5: Create Zones
Assign specific zones to different activities or item categories. For example, designate a reading nook, a study area, or a dedicated space for crafting. Creating zones prevents items from scattering and promotes order.
Step 6: Develop a System
Establish systems to keep your home organized on an ongoing basis. For instance, adopt the “one in, one out” rule – whenever you bring in a new item, remove an old one. Implement daily routines like tidying up before bed to prevent clutter from accumulating.
Step 7: Label Everything
Labels play a crucial role in maintaining an organized home. Label containers, drawers, and shelves to help everyone in the household know where things belong. This prevents items from being misplaced and makes cleanup effortless.
Step 8: Prioritize Accessibility
Store frequently used items in easily accessible spots. Place seldom-used items higher up or in less convenient spaces. This ensures that you can quickly access what you need while maintaining an organized appearance.
Step 9: Regular Maintenance
Consistency is key to sustained organization. Dedicate time every week or month to review and maintain your organized spaces. This prevents clutter from creeping back in and saves you from having to tackle a major organization overhaul in the future.
Step 10: Celebrate Small Wins
As you progress through your organization journey, celebrate each achievement. Whether it’s a completely decluttered closet or an efficiently organized home office, acknowledging your accomplishments will motivate you to continue the process.
Organizing your home is a rewarding endeavor that requires dedication and a clear strategy. By following these step-by-step guidelines, you’ll create an environment that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Remember, organization is an ongoing process, so stay committed to your goals and enjoy the benefits of a well-organized living space.
I personally have a bad habit of placing items that need to be donated in the laundry room behind the door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Delaying decisions means we still need to declutter.
Maybe you have a habit of delaying decisions, too. Let’s decide today where your decluttered items need to go. Do they need to be donated? Disposed of? Don’t delay that decision any longer. If they need to be donated, sort and put them in your vehicle. Then, make a note in your calendar to drop them off at your favorite charity.
As you are decluttering your items, I want you to try not to just move them to another room. You may be tempted to do that. However, resist the urge to keep everything. Decluttering means we actually part with these items. Otherwise, assign those items a permanent home where you can best utilize them.
How to Declutter & Develop Ways to Organize Your Home
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
How to Declutter & Ways to Organize Your Home
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
Steps & Expert Ways to Organize Your Home
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
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.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
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? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…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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