It’s the New Year and time to take on some organization projects to get your home in shape for spring. Below are some helpful tips from the Thirty Handmade Days and Sunny Sweet Days blogs that may motivate you to tackle a few of those chores you have been putting off.
When your house is disorganized it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Unfortunately, it seems to be much easier to let disorganization take over and clutter build up than it is to keep it clean. Cleaning up a disorganized home is going to take some time. Just like it took time to get to its current state, so will the cleaning up and organizing process.
Create a Checklist
Start organizing with a written plan. Instead of just jumping right in, which may inadvertently create even more clutter, take some time and walk through your home. Write down what actually needs to be done in each room. Everyone loves to check to-do items off their list so aim to check off one thing each day. Keep the list in an area you see often. Not only will this serve as a reminder of what needs to be done but it will also motivate you and make you feel like you are getting things done when you see the checked off items.
Do Not Get Discouraged
Because cleaning up a whole home can be daunting, improvement needs to be seen really fast. Once you start, you want to avoid burnout at all cost. In order to do that, start with small projects like a small, less cluttered room. As you clean and sort through it, make separate piles for the items you want to donate, sell in a garage sale, and trash. Once you have gone through all of the items, you will have a better idea of how best to organize the things you have left and still have room for items you may acquire in the future.
Enlist a Friend
You can enlist the help of a friend to hold you accountable for getting your house organized. Friends tend to be more objective when it comes to those items you cannot decide whether to keep or donate/discard. Better yet, invite your friends over. Nothing gets you motivated to keep your home picked up and decluttered like having friends over for dinner.
Do Not Strive for Perfect
If you tend to be a perfectionist, you may feel it must be perfect or you do not do it at all. Let go of expecting your home to look perfect. Perfectionism tends to cause procrastination and neither is going to help you get your home organized.
Recruit the Family
Teach your kids to help you around the house. You cannot do it all by yourself. They make messes so the obvious solution is to have them help clean them up.
Train your children while they are young to do age-appropriate chores and tasks that help keep the house going. As time goes by continue to add appropriate chores to help keep them responsible as they grow older.
Make Wise Choices
Always use the “one in-one out” rule. If you are more of a “more is better” person, take it a step further and make your rule “one in-four out” or “none in-three out” so that you will not end up buying things you do not need.
Strive to work on one project a day but understand it is okay if some projects take more than one day. For those bigger projects, just continue to work away at them until they are complete. Figure out your best time to work on the tasks, either first thing in the morning and/or in the afternoon or evening. Once you have completed your list and have a clean and organized home you can put a plan in place to keep it that way.