Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans have a problem with clutter? The average home contains 300,000 items. Roughly 84% of Americans claim that their house isn't organized enough. And about half of those people say it causes them stress.😭😭😭
Are you one of them? Do you have too much stuff in your home? I know that your home doesn't have to be a place of stress. You shouldn't want to be away from your home in order to feel relaxed. Your home shouldn't become a storage space, rather it should be a living space.
Most people get discouraged when it comes to an organizing project. They may start and get overwhelmed. So the clutter starts piling up. It is like a vicious cycle.
Identify The Area That Needs A Reorganization
We all have those areas. The ones that need to change because they aren’t working for us. They are the spaces that drive you nuts because they never stay organized. So.... they need to be reorganized. These are the areas that we need to identify.
Find the areas that are bothering you. And make them the priority to reorganize the space. Get really specific. Don’t say my entire kitchen. Find drawers or cabinets that aren’t working. This will help you actually reorganize your home in a way that works for you. Once you identify those areas, you can pick one to start. Don’t try to do all the areas. Start with one area to declutter and reorganize.
Decide What Is Not Working
Once you have decided what needs to be decluttered and reorganized, you need to figure out what isn’t working. When looking at what isn’t working, you have to look at the entire space and find the parts you don’t like. Maybe you don’t like that everything gets dumped in that one area. Maybe you don’t like how difficult it is to get something from that space. Maybe you need to move that entire drawer somewhere else. Ask yourself why you picked this area to reorganize. This will help guide you to find what isn’t working in that space.
My clients' kitchen drawers were getting to be a dumping ground for random things. That wasn’t working for her any more. So she needed to be really specific about what was actually to be stored in that area. We identified what wasn’t working and that was letting the drawers become a dumping ground. So we had to give each drawer a purpose.
Once you find what isn’t working, remove everything, yes everything, from the area your want to reorganize. When I remove things, I like to also group them by category or type of item to make the process move faster. So group one type of item together.
When we was reorganizing my clients drawers, we put all the lunch items together, all the table setting pieces together and all the other things together because she knew they didn’t belong in the drawers. She already had an idea of what she wanted the purpose of the space to be, which helped!
Give Space A Purpose
This step you can do either before your remove things or after. It is a personal preference. To give the space a purpose, you have to figure out what you want the space to do. What is the reason for storing these items here? Why do you want these items in this location? By answering these questions, you can decide if storing things in a specific place makes sense. For my client, she wanted her kitchen drawers to hold her lunch supplies and table settings. So the purpose of the drawers were for those items only. Everything else didn’t belong! 🚫🙅♀️🚫
My #1 Secret To Reorganizing Your Home
Since you gave everything a purpose, you can now do my favorite secret when reorganizing and that is... only put back the items that belong in the space. You gave every drawer a purpose, so now you can put the items that go in each drawer back. As you do this, you will find that there are things that no longer belong in the drawer or cabinet or closet. Those are the items that are clutter. And those are the things you can remove. 🎉✨
Because you are being intentional about what and how you are using your space, you are going to be able to keep the space organized easier!
This is the easy part of the entire process when reorganizing your home because all the items that are not put away will be known as clutter! Now clutter doesn’t always mean things that are trash. Clutter can mean things that don’t belong in that spot. When you are removing the clutter from one area, make sure to pull out items you know belong in other locations.
When my client was reorganizing her kitchen drawers, she found cookbooks that belonged in those cabinets with the other cookbooks. She found serving platters that needed to be stored with other serve ware. Now these things aren’t considered clutter. They are just clutter in that one area and because of those items, her drawers ended up needing to be reorganized. So, removing that clutter from that space and storing the items where they should go helps you stay more organized!
This Step Is Missed The Most When Reorganizing Your Home
You did all the work. Now you have to do this step in order to keep things organized. And that is label!💖😍 Whenever I reorganize any area of my home, I use sticky notes to label the drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Because if something isn’t working, I can move the sticky note around instead of worrying about taking out my label maker or creating new labels. I like keeping the sticky notes up for about a week before I do fancy labels.
I did have a client who just kept the sticky notes on all her kitchen cabinets after we reorganized her kitchen. She said her family loved them because it made it easy to find everything since the sticky notes were on the outside of the cabinets. 🤣😂🤣
Here's your assignment for the week!
You know all the steps, so you can take action to reorganize your home, one space at a time.
* Start by identifying the areas that aren’t working for you.
* Pick one of those to reorganize first.
* Then decide what isn’t working. Why did you pick this area to reorganize?
* Remove everything from that area.
* Give the area a purpose.
* Put the items back that belong in that area based on the purpose you gave.
* Remove the clutter. And by clutter, I mean all the things that aren’t going to stay in that area you just reorganized.
* Then label the area to make sure it stays organized!
I do a free 45 minute session with all of my clients and we can take a look at what area may be the best place for you to start decluttering. Are you ready to start decluttering your life? It's time! It will be freeing, I promise!
Let's do this!
Your Life Coach