Being organized is a wonderful feeling! It adds control and calm to your day.
When your home, schedule, and life are in chaos; everything seems to be OUT OF CONTROL! It can make trying to achieve the simplest task, seem nearly impossible.
People have a very hard time being motivated when they are overwhelmed; and simply do not know where to begin. Oftentimes our busy lives pick us up and carry us away. Instead of taking the time in the beginning to get everything where it needs to be; we tend to throw it where it lands, and move on to the more urgent task.
Taking time initially to get your surroundings organized, will help you be much more efficient on a daily basis and SAVE YOU TIME AND ENERGY! I know what you’re saying, “that sounds great, but where do I begin?” I always try to encourage everyone to start… at the beginning!
Take Small Steps at a Time
Looking at the entire project at once (especially if it is your complete house) can be overwhelming. Daunting. Too much to deal with. After clearing some space; as I suggested in a previous article: Simply Organize Your Life: Less Stress and Chaos, you can begin organizing a small area at a time. Now that you have some area to move things to another space, you’re in business! Attempt to organize the entry way area.
- Clean out any trash or unneeded objects.
- Remove everything that doesn’t belong in the entrance to your home.
- Decide what needs to be there, and why it is a priority. Such as: Shoes, boots, gloves, hats, mitten, coats, umbrella, etc.
- Sort through each item, and make sure it has it is match, if needed.
- Sort through everything and make sure it is still in working condition and still fits its owner!
Begin Organizing and Prioritizing Items
Now that you’ve decided what to keep, and what you can live without, you can begin organizing! You want to be organized in a way that is the most efficient for you and your family. So, you need to consider the practical needs of those accessing this area. Do you have small children? If so, a lower coat rack will be nice. If not, a coat closet, higher rack, or coat stand will do.
It just depends on how much space you have. Many homes truly have NO space for outdoor gear in the entry way. If this is the case for you; you will need to find an alternate site for these items. Perhaps each family member will need to keep their items in their individual rooms. That works!
If space does allow, there are several great “space savers” you can use to help keep everything where it needs to be. As I often say, “a place for everything, and everything in it is place!” It’s almost impossible to stay organized, when there isn’t a place to put everything. It’s definitely impossible to get the kids to put their things away…when there is no place to put them!
These days, there are wonderful things made just to help us with this task. We can find any type, shape, size, color and style of helps. From wicker baskets, wooden bins, fabric boxes, cardboard shelves, metal baskets, to any number of plastic containers for storage. Literally, there are full aisles of them at the stores!
You can also find freestanding shelf units for installation to place items on. Or perhaps have something custom-built in for your available space. That really can make the best use of every available corner!
Everything tends to look much less cluttered when it is neatly put away, where it belongs. A heap of hats looks much nicer in a basket, then piled on a shelf or the floor. Even if it is in a clear bin and labeled appropriately. Limiting many of these items to the season you are currently in (and storing others away until needed) really helps.
Also, thoroughly analyze whether 5 stocking caps are REALLY needed to get through fall! Keeping one or two weather appropriate jackets near the door is sufficient. You can always walk to a bedroom or back closet if you need a special coat.
Labels, Labels, Labels!
Labeling is a must! Even when you have clear containers; labeling is critical. It helps one stay organized very well. Even when you are not there to put everything away, others are then able to help and stow everything in it is appropriate place. Especially in the kitchen!
Every room of the house benefits from proper labeling. Items in storage are critical to be detailed with labeling; so you are able to retrieve items when needed seasonally or otherwise. Especially if they are in cardboard boxes. A bold permanent marker will do the trick for cardboard boxes, but a label maker is WONDERFUL for organizing other containers, such as plastic or wooden bins. There are a variety of label makers available, with many types of font and colors. Also, you can make your own labels on the computer or with markers or even mini chalkboards!
There’s Your Beginning!
So just remember…start at the beginning, where you first enter your home. When this initial area isn’t chaos; you will feel less overwhelmed, and able to tackle another area. Perhaps the hall closet and linen area! Maybe the extra bathroom or laundry area.
Having the entrance to your home well organized will give you a feeling of “winning” from the moment you enter your dwelling. When it is cluttered, messy and disorganized; you immediately feel overwhelmed and defeated when entering your own home. Your special place that is supposed to be your sanctuary, evokes feelings of anxiety and stress. With small steps toward eliminating the clutter and chaos, you will feel the ability and power to be able to take larger steps after setting your goals! You can do this!
Please leave a comment below or let me know if you have any questions and please share this post with anyone you know who might want to save time and energy! I’m anxious to hear how you start saving time and energy in Your Organized Life!