By Carmen Johnson, owner of Simply Organized
To the mom who feels even a little bit overwhelmed at the thought of organizing your home, you should immediately breathe a sigh of relief. Because truthfully, even the best home organizers are barely capable of completing the simplest tasks – like ironing and making one minute oatmeal. But what home organizers are good at is walking into a room, seeing past the mess and coming up with a strategic plan of attack. So, if we can somehow create sense out of chaos, I bet you can, too!
Organizing can be hard – it requires work, time, and thoughtfulness, and it can be more emotional than people expect. But if you have a system in place and rules to follow – and you don’t bite off more than you can chew – you can get there. All you need is a basic understanding of the process, a healthy dose of inner honesty, and a host of strategies, tools, tips, and tricks to help you figure out how to best organize your space.
You may be wondering, where do you even begin? One thing I share with my clients is to always start the organizing process by paring down your items to the ones that are most used, most loved, and most important. It does not matter if you are organizing your closet, or your junk drawer – categorizing each item to decide what to keep, what to trash and what to donate will always bring you success. By going through this process, you’ll make room for the things you use and love and get rid of things that have been holding you back from a perfectly organized home. The key to this strategy is all about setting the bar just low enough that you can accomplish all kinds of bite-sized victories!
A challenge I see often when helping my clients is getting rid of stuff. If you find yourself in the same position, ask yourself the following 5 questions to help you pare down the items that really do not have a home in your home: Do I need it? Do I ever use it? Do I ever WANT to use it? Do I like it? Is it sentimental? 9 times out of 10, you will find you can easily answer any one of these and make a quick decision on an item to keep before you begin the organization process.
I am not going to lie to you: Keeping your newly organized space looking beautiful will take effort. It won’t be difficult, and it won’t be painful, but it will require a commitment to the order you just created. The good news is that by going through the purging and organizing steps, you’ve innately created a system that essentially is plug and play. If you’ve done it right, you should have a system that works not only for the size of your space and amount of your things, but also the function of that space. And involve your children in the process! I find kids love being a part of the process of organizing – it also gives them a sense of calm. Our kids are all trained in school to have routines and systems – take advantage of that and have the same expectations at home. You would be surprised how much they involve themselves in maintaining when they are part of the process.
Carmen, has worked as a home organizer in Coral Springs since 2020. Organization is her love language and she enjoys creating systems for moms who need to control the clutter and chaos in their home. Please follow Carmen on Instagram @simplyorganizedcarmen