A Guide to Get You Organized
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Being organized keeps my body zen. It gives me the most calming feeling, a feeling of clarity that is so very comforting. This may sound dramatic, but it's true. You would be surprised how beneficial being organized can be for not only your home and being tidy purposes, but also for your mind. Being organized reduces stress, reduces the feeling of being overwhelmed, helps you gain sense of control, rids of clutter physically & mentally, and overall makes your life easier. After I help you get organized, you’ll be able to get tasks done more efficiently as you will know exactly where things are. You will free up some of your time and be able to use that time doing things you enjoy such as spending time with your family or grabbing that drink with your colleagues that you’ve been pushing off.
Identify what needs to be organized and why
Whether it be your closet, your pantry, the basement, your computer, etc., start with what matters most to you. It is important to know your “why” when it comes to organizing. Determine why you want to become organized and don’t lose sight of that. This will keep you motivated throughout your project.
Designate piles of items to keep and items to get rid of
Make a pile of items you want to keep and items you want to get rid of whether it be to sell, donate or just plain old trash it. This part can be hard as some items may have some sentimental value to them or we just think we might need it one day, but it's important to stay strong and remember how beneficial it is to declutter and stay organized.
Once everything is situated into designated piles and the area is clear, go ahead and do a quick cleaning while you have the chance before putting everything back.
Buy proper storage
Now that you have determined what is going, what is staying, and cleaned the area it is now time to purchase the proper storage tools. Having proper storage containers, such as the ones I have posted below, will ensure organization from here on out as all of your items now have a home. When placing items into their new home keep in mind accessibility. Be sure to keep items where you can see them and easily access them, this will keep things organized for the long haul.
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Great job! You have now completed your first organization project. Keep up the momentum by setting goals and creating a schedule for designated organization days. Stay motivated by seeing results with your last organization project, taking before and after photos, reading a book such as Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, following Instagram accounts like @thehomeedit and @thetidyhomenashville which are so satisfying to see, and treating yourself after completing a successful organization project.