Getting Organized At Home
You are tired. You are frazzled. You are a mom who has been up all night and day with your kids. I have been there. And I know the last thing on your mind is how to start organizing a messy house.
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So when it comes to getting organized, many of us just “brush it under the rug”. But I am betting that since you are here…reading this…that you are wanting to make a change to your organization.
It will only take 5 easy steps for you to learn how to organize any room in your house!
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How To Start Organizing A Messy House
To answer your question of how to start organizing a messy house, I have listed the steps below. But you are welcome to read further into these steps to find out why they are important, or use the Table of Contents below to jump to the step that you are struggling with.
1// Get in the right mindset
2// Plan It Out
3// Start Small
4// Purge with Purpose
A Little About My Journey
My years with infants and toddlers are not too far behind me. I can remember the exhaustion vividly. All I ever wanted to do was take a nap.
But at some point, I got tired of thinking, “I can’t have anyone over because my house is always a mess”!
It took me a while to find my mojo, but once I did, I didn’t let it go. And I want that for you. I know how overwhelming it can be to live in a messy home.
When you are constantly stepping over a cluttered mess of toys to get into a room.
Or you are digging through drawers and shelves trying to find that one thing that you know you bought a few weeks ago!
I get it, believe me I do. So it is time to stop the stress of living in the chaos and reclaim your house! It is time to start making your home a sanctuary again!
Nobody wants a messy home, so let’s start getting organized!
How To Start Organizing a Messy House When You Don’t Know Where To Start
When you first start organizing your home, it is normal to feel a little overwhelmed. I’ve been there, but figuring out how to clean when you are crippled by the mess, will help you become more confident.
Though, it is hard to just dive straight into organizing. So instead, I recommend starting by decluttering your home of the unnecessary things.
Related Post: How To Declutter Your House In A Week
Don’t freak out! I am going to give you some step by steps so you don’t get overwhelmed!
Many times, the reason we cannot get organized is because there is just too much stuff to fit into our homes. If that is the case for you, then go to 7 tips to declutter your home without making a bigger mess, first.
So the best advice that I can give you to get organized at home and stay organized is to follow the steps below!
Steps To Organizing Your Home
When you have a messy house, learning how to start organizing your home begins with decluttering and cleaning. Only then will you be in a position for getting organized.
The steps I have listed below incorporate the action of decluttering before getting into the steps to start organizing you home. But keep in mind, that the only way you can start organizing is to declutter first. Otherwise, you will not have room to organize.
Here are the 6 main steps you will need to get your home organized. But if you want true functionality and the ability to keep your home organized, be sure to read over the Bonus Steps at the end of this post too!
Step 1: Get In The Right Mindset
First, realize that you can definitely do this. And I am here to give you the steps to be successful.
Part of being successful in organizing your messsy house is to be realistic.
I want you to realize that jumping into any full home organization or decluttering plan and thinking you will get it done in one day, is not the right mindset.
I know you want it done NOW, but actually trying to get an entire house organized in one day will just succeed in burning you out and overwhelming you more.
Instead, know that this is a project that will take some time. Be sure to celebrate your wins and forget about anything you don’t finish.
The right mindset is… progress over perfect.
Pro Tip >>Take pictures of where you start each day and where you end, so you can see the progress that you are making on a day to day basis.
Step 2: Plan It Out
Because organizing your home may take more than a day, you will want to make a plan so you are able to get a little done each day without distractions.
If you have kids, you may want to plan to do this during nap time. Or you may want to find a babysitter if you are working on a large space in one day and it needs your undivided attention.
Mark the dates and times you will work on your organizing project in your planner or on a calendar.
Have some goals in mind about what you want to get done by what time.
Step 3: Small Bite-Sized Pieces
Starting to organize a messy house is overwhelming, but part of getting organized is learning the process.
If you have never decluttered or organized a space before and you are overwhelmed by the idea of it, then the best suggestion I can give you is to start small.
Only work on a project for 20 minutes or less at a time…and remember to take pictures of the before and after. This will keep you on track without overwhelming you more.
I recommend dividing your room up into sections. If you are working on a bathroom, start with the drawers, move to the cabinets, then the closets. That way you are going from smallest to largest.
Organizing a room in this manner will help you learn the process in a small space before moving into a larger space.
Step 4: Purge The Space With Purpose
It is time to take action. In this step, I want you to declutter the space you are planning to organized.
Why? Because before you can organize items on shelves, in cabinets, or in bins, you have to get rid of the extra stuff that is keeping you from getting organized in the first place.
The trick I learned over the years is to purge with purpose!
PURGING WITH PURPOSE means that you go through your items one at a time, only keeping what you actually use in the space you are purging and later planning to organize.
When you start to purge any area, whether it is one bathroom drawer or an entire closet, make sure you are storing the right items in that space.
For a more thorough step by step guide to purging, read 7 Tips To Declutter Your Home Without Making A Bigger Mess.
Purging the contents will allow you to get everything out of the space so you can see what you actually have to work with when you organize the space.
Then you can decide what kinds of organizational equipment will work in that space.
Pro Tip >> Always purge before you organize.
Step 5: Categorize Your Things
Now that you have declutter everything you do not want in your space, you can now start the organizing process.
The first thing you want to do is divide your items up in to categories.
Here is an example. If you are organizing your bathroom drawer, you would place the lipsticks together, the eyeliners together, the foundation together, and the hair accessories together.
Step 6: Contain Small Items
Not every item that you try to organize is going to need a container.
But when you organize small items inside a large space, a great container can do WONDERS at keeping the space how you want it!
Most of my organizing equipment comes in the form of dollar store storage bins and dollar tree baskets.
You do not ever have to spend a lot of money on organizing your home if you know where to look.
If you want to know how to organize your home on a budget, then the dollar tree or any dollar store for that matter, is the place to start.
Bonus Steps For Getting Organized
Bonus Step 1: Visualization…for Ultimate Accessibility
I say this is the bonus step because it is not truly necessary to be organized.
BUT… If you want your organization to REALLY WORK FOR YOU… then this is a very important thing to do.
By putting some thought into how you want the space to function you can create Ultimate Accessibility!
Visualize the space that you just emptied out.
Think of the categories that you just divided your keep pile into.
And think about how your containers can fit and work in the space.
Examples Questions To Ask Yourself…
Say you are visualizing your closet…
- What do you use most often?
- Would you rather fold your sweaters or hang them?
- Do you need some shelves in the closet?
- Would it be better to use this space for something completely different than you have been?
If it is a drawer you are organizing…same concept.
What do you use most often?
Maybe your favorite lip gloss, mascara, and powder are the things you wear most so you want them to be the easiest to get to — A.K.A the front of the drawer.
Making things accessible is incredibly important when you are organizing your home.
It is the one thing that will save you time in the long run and benefit you the most!
If you wear t-shirts and sweatpants every day, don’t put them in the back of the closet or in a bottom drawer.
Keep the things you love and use often in easily accessible spaces—A.K.A. in the front of the closet or in the most accessible drawer of the dresser.
That way when it is time to throw on your clothes… on that ONE morning that everyone slept in… and then you realize that little Jimmy has a doctor’s appointment in 30 minutes across town!!
You can get to what you need to get out the door faster with kids.
And hopefully, you won’t be quite as late as you would have been !
Bonus Step 2: Keep it all Organized
That’s right, it is time to put your favorite items away!
And while it would feel really great to stop here, I want you to do something for yourself.
Something that is going to KEEP all that hard work you just did in order.
I want you to label. this may not be possible in a small little drawer, but it is definitely possible in a pantry or a linen closet.
You can buy sticker labels or use a label maker to make the labels you need quickly and easily.
Either way, labeling is what will help everyone in your house know exactly where things go.
You Are All Finished Organizing A Messy House!
When you use the process of creating categories and a system to keep those categories separated, you will find that your organized home actually stays organized!
And when you put everything back in the drawer or the closet I bet you will notice three things.
- First, how much less stuff you have…which is always a fantastic feeling!
- Second, how nice and neat everything looks.
- And third, how Empowered you feel!
You just took control of your clutter and figured out where to start organizing your messy home!
You showed it who was boss and told it that it wasn’t going to slow you down or make you unhappy any longer!
Pat yourself on the back! You did it! It was a big job, but look how incredible it looks now! Look how incredibly FUNCTIONAL it is now!
You can use these 5 basic steps to organize any space in your home!
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As a stay at home mom myself, I have found ways to keep myself sane while loving what I do …be with my kids! For this reason, I decided to become a professional organizer to help moms like you run your home more efficiently. Join me to learn ways to declutter, get organized, and manage your home better as a mom. Things I love…feeling motivated, Harry Potter, being outside, and digging deeper into my life and my family’s life in order to make it better. I have a background in biology and am also a freelance writer.