Are you looking for ways to get your home organized?
Are you tired of seeing the mess around you all the time?
If you want to get organized and tackle that clutter, you can use these 5 basic steps to organize any area of your home.
Let’s stop chatting and get started!
Step 1: Purge It With Purpose
The word purge means to rid one’s self of or to remove. So the first step is to purge the area you are about to organize.
But I want you to make sure that you purge with purpose!
PURGING WITH PURPOSE will be the one thing that saves you time in the end!
Purging any area does not just mean taking everything out and laying somewhere else!!!!!!!!! I cannot stress this more!
When you purge any area whether it is one bathroom drawer or an entire closet, make sure you do it one item at a time.
Look at each item and decide then and there which category you are going to divide it into. The categories are listed in Step 2!
Purging the contents will allow you to get everything out of the space so you can see what you have to work with.
Make sure you have an area in the house that can hold the contents while they are being divided in the next step.
Step 2: Divide It With Purpose
Next, you want to divide the items that you purged into 4 categories:
Divide Pile 1: Garbage
Throw away the things you don’t use! This can actually be quite therapeutic.
If you are organizing a bathroom drawer, then you may find old makeup that is expired or you just haven’t worn since your Prom! YIKES!
Sometimes we keep things for sentimental reasons and that is fine, but if the sentiment is gone…TRASH IT!
I don’t make many rules for throwing things out, I feel you know best. EXCEPT with makeup and other body products.
You need to throw those items away at certain times. Here is a list of when to throw out beauty products from Good House Keeping.
Divide Pile 2: Donate
You can donate almost anything in your house! One thing to note though…if it doesn’t work or it is torn to shreds, do you really think anyone else wants it? Just something to think about.
When I donate items, I like to make sure they are in decent shape and would function for the person receiving it.
Some donation centers have stipulations about what they will take, but most accept anything from clothing to old toys, to outdated pictures and furniture.
You can find a donation center near you on www.Goodwill.org.
Also, if you decide to clean out your pantry, a lot of unexpired food staples can be taken to the local food pantry.
You can look up a food pantry in your area at FeedingAmerica.org.
Divide Pile 3: Move Things With Purpose
Some items you will find that you just cannot part with, even though you never use them.
These items go into the Move pile. Other items that may go into this pile are items that you have stocked up on like bars of soap or bottles of lotion.
Designate a hall closet or portion of your basement for overflow items.
I have an overflow closet for toiletries and I also use the spare bedroom closet for my out of season clothing.
So I will move a portion of my closet over each season. It keeps things less cluttered so I can find things easier I use everyday!
Which is the point of getting organized!
Divide Pile 4: Keep Pile
This is where you get to hang on to all of those things that you KNOW you will use!
Your favorite lipstick, your favorite cozy sweater. Those things get prime real estate in whatever you are cleaning out!
Step 3: Divide Up You Keep Pile
Yes! This is another Divide step, but just for your keep pile.
If you are organizing your closet, your keep pile may turn into many piles such as sweaters, sweatshirts, nice shirts, casual shirts, pants, scarfs, shoes, and button downs.
If you are organizing a makeup drawer, your new piles may be lip makeup, eye makeup, face makeup, makeup brushes… you get the idea.
This extra division will help you in the next step.
Step 4: Visualization…for Ultimate Accessibility
This is the part where you actually start to make things work for you.
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.
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 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.
Making things accessible is incredibly important since it is the one thing that will save you time!
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.
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 the things you need quickly and easily.
Hopefully, you won’t be quite as late as you would have been !
Step 5: Finally! Put It All Away
That’s right, it is time to put your keep pile away!
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. 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 part of your home!
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