I’ve taught many groups about health and nutrition through the years. How to make changes in their daily living and dietary practices, to sustain good health. Nothing drastic to lose weight quickly, but teaching how our bodies are meant to operate; with sensible moderation. I always encourage people to introduce changes slowly into the family, and not go “all in” at once!
I have the same approach with organization of your home, life, calendar, time, garage and such. We are trying to create lasting habits and lifestyle here. Not just a flash in the pan, to get turned upside down again after the new year!
As I’ve stated earlier, start at the beginning. Where you enter the home. As you move into the house further, take the time to make it functional and efficient. It won’t do any good to have everything orderly…if it’s not usable!
Teach Family Members to Manage Their Own Area
If each person has the responsibility of maintaining the organization of their own space, they are much more likely to keep it that way. If you are constantly going in to organize it for them…it will not have sustainability. You can implement the organizational ideas from this site, and give them the tools they need, but optimally, they will need to care to maintain it.
You can teach them the importance of being organized, and give them what they need to succeed!
Simple Steps To Help Everyone Out!
- Make a morning family schedule. This saves time and chaos!
- Hang a mesh hammock or fish net from the ceiling in kids’ rooms to store stuffed animals, dolls, etc.
- Plan breakfast the night before, set the table and have things prepped if possible.
- Make lunches the evening before.
- Set out clothes
- Place purse, briefcase, backpacks, cell phone and keys in designated area every day, to avoid misplaced items while getting ready in the morning.
- If you tend to run late…kick it with an old school trick, and set your clocks ahead 10 minutes…it works!
- Install hooks on the back of bathroom door, for towels or bathrobes.
- Hooks on bedroom doors for bathrobes and jackets.
- Always keep gas in vehicle at least 1/2 full, for days you’re running late.
- String a clothesline across kids’ room to clothespin favorite artwork. It can just be on a wall also!
- Install spice grippers in cabinets, for easy access and great organization!
- Hang utensils from rack hooks in back splash area in kitchen, to free up counter space and everyone can easily see.
Be Consistent And Follow Through
Really try to be consistent in your desires for organizing your home and schedule. Get everyone to understand the need for being organized to save time, energy and money.
So often times, we try to implement something new into our households, with no explanation or reasoning. Choose ideas that make sense to everyone, so they will be consistently used and be sure to follow through in carrying an idea all the way out! You don’t want to hang a clothesline in your children s’ bedroom, and not provide them with clothespins to attach their masterpieces! Be sure to have follow through, and always educate them on why this is the best, most efficient way to keep the home.
Different ideas work for different families and different households. We all have varying space to work with and all have very different possessions to keep organized. Try something; if it doesn’t work, please don’t give up. Try to implement a new idea, and see if you have more success.
Little By Little
As you begin to clear away the clutter, and free up storage space, and make the best use of the space you already have, and start to create space; you are going to feel great! It really is quite cleansing to get rid of unnecessary items, and have a place for everything that you know you need and use. Just don’t do it all at once!
If you are already overwhelmed at the task of organizing and clearing clutter and chaos in your life, you will certainly be overwhelmed at the idea of taking the job on all at once! Set short term goals. Educate the rest of the family members as to the logic and reasoning behind each move. Then slowly, take on each task. One by one, until you have success and sustainability in that area. Then choose another task, and move on. Little by little, you’ll get it all organized!
We Don’t Want A Rebellion!
If you’re just setting up a household, newly married, or perhaps just relocating; it can be easier to implement organizational strategies. But…if you’re well-established in your lifestyle of clutter and chaos, it can be a more difficult ship to turn around.
I don’t think it’s quite as difficult; and as likely for rebellion, as some have with too sudden of dietary changes, but people tend to get very comfortable in their habits and rituals of daily life. Change can encounter resistance, so tread lightly. Don’t make demands and set a lot of rules. Again, educate the reasons on why this new life of organization, is the best route to go! It will save so much long term, in many, many areas of your life! Have everyone involved set their goals and give reasons that disorganization adds chaos to their daily lives. Give everyone ownership in your newly organized life!
**Remember: The goal of organization isn’t to make the home pristine, but to make life more calm and functional.**
Having a place for everything and everything in its place is very liberating! You can clean in less time; with not having to spend the first half of the day picking things up and putting them away. Cleaning is much easier when things aren’t sitting out collecting dust; but rather, are put away in their proper containers, bin, cabinets or closets.
Getting organized is a wonderful journey. But it takes time. It’s a process that you need to ease your family into. If you do, you’ll have excellent success and an incredible retention rate in all of your organized areas!
I hope this helps you see the importance of taking your time to help your family get into the mode of organizing your home and life. If you have any questions, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you, with a comment below.