Organization is an important part of life. If you live in a cluttered home, your mind is probably cluttered, too. Whether you work from home and need to stay organized or you just want your living space to remain organized, you can use the following tips to help.
Avoid Getting Overwhelmed
If you plan to organize the entire home, start with the one-by-one method. This method allows you to focus on one space at a time. This is far better than going from one cabinet to another and from one closet to another. You will feel better with a full room organized before you start on the next one.
Sort into Piles
As you organize, you should have trash, donate, wait, gift and relocate piles for your items. These piles will allow you to get rid of things you simply don't need, keep what you want and donate or gift what you can.
Deal with Paper Piles Last
Going through old receipts, bills and other documents is highly time consuming. If the rest of the house is organized, you will feel better about this task. When you do this first, you are more likely to get discouraged as you feel like you are not getting anywhere with the house.
Use the Right Tools
Specific tools, such as a closet organizer, hooks, hanging shoe baskets and other tools are created to make it easier to organize. You may not want to just throw things into a plastic bin and call it a day. Use these tools to organize spaces within your home.
After you spend days upon days getting the clutter out and organizing your home, it's important to set rules so that you remain organized. You don't want to have to do this again next year and the year after. Continue to keep your home clutter free and set ground rules with yourself and everybody else to help keep the home organized.
Sorting Sentimental Items
When it comes to effective decluttering, momentum is key. Getting caught up on a single category or, worse, a single item, can make efforts grind to a halt. Because of this, experts recommend saving the sentimental items for last and making rules for dealing with them.
Saving these items for last reduces the chances of getting derailed early in the cleaning and decluttering efforts. It's easy to start flipping through a file of a child's artwork and suddenly become caught up in reminiscing. By doing this job after the rest of the heavy lifting, declutterers can ensure that they aren't risking a whole day's activity.
By waiting until last to work on sentimental items, you'll already be in the habit of letting go of items, and sorting through sentimental belongings will be easier to do with a clear mind.
Use these tips to get organized and take the clutter out of your home. You will feel better and most people are happier in an organized home.