When we watch the
organization masters on TV (we’re looking at you, Marie Kondo!), everything
looks so effortless. The fact of the matter is that organizing your home and
turning chaos into a functional living space is no easy feat. It takes time and
emotional energy to know what to keep, what to give away, and where to put
everything for easy access.
Before you get overwhelmed by
your stuff, here are some essential tips and tricks to get your home working
1. Go Upward, Not Outward
When you’re organizing all of
the nooks and crannies of your home it may seem like there is never enough
space. Every corner is filled! Consider getting a tall and deep bookshelf so
you can start organizing upward. Use things like cubbies for toys and odds and
ends and use some of the space for some decorative items as well. All of the
things that are filling your low level places will be free, so you can have
more room to do more things you’d like to do. A new yoga stretch, perhaps?
2. Rotational Donation Box
Every time you do laundry,
clean up after your children, or sort through your closet, have a donation box
at the ready to toss unwanted items. Sometimes the additional effort of finding
a box or bag can cause you to forget you were getting rid of something in the
first place! Having access to a visible box will also keep your mind on the
prize: Having your home clean and free of clutter.
3. Keep a Storage Bin
This may seem excessive at
first, but you’ll be singing the folder’s praises soon. Could you name
everything that was in your storage containers in your garage or storage area?
If you’re looking for your camping gear or sports equipment, consider writing
down a list of where everything is, and then labeling the containers by number
or color. That way, instead of taking down every single container before
finding what you were looking for, you can consult the folder.
4. Let Things Finally Flow
At the time, it may feel like
it was necessary to buy a new set of drinking glasses or have several extra
spatulas on hand. According to Swedish Death Cleaning principles (the name is
not as scary as it sounds!), the first place to look through are things you
have multiple of. Margareta
Magnusson, author of the book, "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning:
How to Make Your Loved Ones’ Lives Easier and Your On Life More Pleasant,"
states, “Death cleaning is not about dusting or mopping
up; it is about a permanent form of organization that makes your everyday life
run more smoothly.”
Now is a great time to get
organized. Happy sorting!