An organized home is a happy home. Your happy home should be filled with items that you love. There are a few things that automatically make me happy!
My coffee in the morning (Thank you, Keurig), sleeping in on the weekends (I get up at 5:00 AM on workdays), and when my To-Do list turns into a Ta-Da list, all seem to work for me.
The problem is that my To-Do list keeps growing, and I can’t get to the Ta-Da part!
Do You Need a Plan to Help You Organize Your Home?
I do, and I know many of you feel the same way. I know that for me, writing things down is essential to keeping me organized and having a happy home. Whether it is a task or a goal, writing things down keeps me focused, and I’m more likely to finish that task sooner.
As I go through my day, I jot things down on Post-It notes as ideas pop into my head of what I need to purchase, what I need to do or where I need to go, and later when I sit down to plan for the following day, I place them on a Printable that keeps everything nicely organized.
Have You Tried Using Printables to Help Keep You Organized?
I love Printables. They are fun for me to make and fun to use. They allow me to feel much more organized as I prioritize my tasks for each day. Even though I haven’t finished anything at this point, I have a plan and it makes me feel more in control.
Here are the Printables that I use. Feel free to print and try them. I hope they work for you, too. You can choose between the vertical or the horizontal formats. I have a Home Binder that I use to keep me on track, and I’ll write more about that later in another post.
Having a happy organized home is a process. It takes time to get things the way that I want them, and sometimes I just run out of time to finish what I wanted to complete. That’s okay…..Rome wasn’t built in a day! Be kind to yourself. Everything will still be waiting on you to organize tomorrow, I promise. 🙂
I’m the type of person who imagines beautiful projects to make my home gorgeous and well-organized.
When You See Something That you Love, Pin it or Make a Note so You Don’t Forget:
I see amazing ideas on Pinterest (I LOVE Pinterest), or in magazines, or in numerous wonderful blogs, and I want to try that in my home, but the reality of working full-time and not having enough time (and energy!) sets in. Don’t despair, it happens to all of us. Just keep moving forward.
Staying organized is the key. Procrastination is a killer. Then, when things pile up, the feeling of “I don’t even know where to begin” may set in. Fight that feeling and plan to do something small that you can finish quickly, but will show progress.
Start Small….It Really Works:
- The best advice is to start small. Choose a room that needs some love…maybe your kitchen, bedroom, office or bathroom. Clean out and organize one drawer a day. It may only take 15-20 minutes or less. Once you see the fruit of your labor, you will want to continue. You will begin to get that Happy Home feeling! 🙂
- Take a before and an after picture. (You don’t have to show it to anyone! It’s fun to see the progress that you’ve made.)
- When you need to tackle a larger job, like your bedroom closet, it’s okay to take several days or a week or more to complete these tasks. Sometimes when I get started on an organizing project, I then want to do more…. paint the closet, purchase a new organizing system, etc. I don’t recommend doing that! It will definitely slow you down, and I’m just like many of you in which you’re not happy unless it’s picture perfect. Well…. perfection isn’t going to happen anytime in the near future, so give yourself a break. Any small improvement is going to be better than what it was before. You can always do more later.
Love it, Donate It, or Throw it Away:
- If you have too much ‘stuff’, and most of us do, decide what you want to keep and what should be donated or thrown away. Keep the items that you love or are useful and get rid of the rest. When I organize a drawer, I first take everything out. Then, I wipe out and clean the bottom and sides. Next, I like to place a pretty shelf liner on the bottom. I then divide the items I removed into 3 groups: 1. Love it/Keep 2. Donate (It’s still nice, but I don’t want it, wear it or like it now.) 3. Throw away (Shows wear, has a stain…. you know the drill.)
Purge Items First:
- When I first began organizing areas of my home, I felt that I needed to first purchase my containers, bins, baskets, dividers, etc., but I quickly realized that it is best to purge by decluttering, donating and throwing out items you are letting go of first. You then have a better idea of the size of the containers or organizational tools and how many you will need.
- Organizational materials can be expensive. It depends on where you shop. If money is no object, you can go high-end. (There are not many folks that have that privilege.) If you’re on a budget, first try The Dollar Store or Wal-Mart or Target. These stores have nice organizational materials, and their prices are relatively low. You can also shop on-line at IKEA and The Container Store unless you are lucky enough to have one nearby.
It Takes the Whole Family to Keep Your Happy Home Organized:
- Once your space is organized, be mindful of picking-up and placing items back where they belong each day so your space stays organized. It’s important that your family members buy-in to this, too. Otherwise, it will be difficult for just you to keep all the spaces clean and organized.
Here’s to our organizational journey!