I’ve had a love for organizing and home-styling from a young age. Definitely since my teenage years.
To this day my high school friend, Shannon, pokes fun at me that she’d come over to my house and I’d say something along the lines of, “Omg don’t judge me, my room is such a mess” and how the only thing out of place would be a pair of socks on my bed.
But if you ask my mother, she’d have a different recollection. Apparently, 8-year-old me would keep candy wrappers on my bedside table and call it “decoration”. Needless to say, I’ve had some growth.
There’s many factors that go into organizing and being tidy, but there’s a few key points that you might be struggling with to STAY organized. Here’s some things I’ve learned along the way.
Let’s dive in!
LACK OF CONSISTENCY:
While pretty bins, baskets & drawer dividers (my fav part) play a role in setting up systems to get you organized, they will only get you so far.
I think the biggest determinant of where people go wrong is not being consistent and self-disciplined with their new routines. It is SO easy to fall back into old patterns of tossing clothes on the infamous bedroom chair or piling dinner’s dirty dishes in the sink to be “tomorrow's problem”, but it in fact did not become tomorrow's problem. Been there, done that!
To see long lasting results requires taking action and making a commitment to ourselves. Commit to the 21/90 rule. What’s that? It’s believed to take 21 days to create a new habit and 90 days for it to become a natural part of your lifestyle. Take small steps if making too many changes feels unrealistic for you.
Organizing is a way of life, not a race with anyone else. It can be helpful to create a to-do list or setting a timer on your phone.
Schedule a time to do 10-20 minutes of ‘pick up’ around the house each day. Holding yourself accountable is how you will achieve your goals long term.
OWNING TOO MUCH STUFF:
Homes are not one size fits everything. Without honing down on what you really do and don’t need, there will always be a struggle with staying organized. I will live and die on this hill.
It’s important to be aware of how much our homes can realistically hold, and take that into consideration when deciding what will stay. We’re humans and we hold emotional attachments to things. Decide what is important to you and what items you utilize on a regular basis.
Start by picking a small area and determine what is trash. This will be the easiest stuff to part ways with. Then move onto the harder items… If you’re unsure on some items, put them aside to re-visit during your next purging session.
Decluttering is an ongoing effort in maintaining a tidy appearance. I recommend going through your home at minimum each season change. Getting started is the scariest part. However, once you begin and see improvement, this becomes an addicting and rewarding process.
NO SYSTEM IN PLACE:
Having a system that is easy to maintain for all family members is SOOO important. If you’re frequently trying to retrieve items that are at the very back of a cabinet with multiple loose items in front of it – chances are you’ll avoid using it or you definitely won’t put it back neatly.
As we evolve we’ll need to make adjustments to our systems. That is perfectly OK!
Turning to our favorite online platforms to find photo inspiration is a great way to discover organization tips. (Stay tuned as I continue to share inspo!)
Having a system in place is helpful for those days that you simply cannot give 10-20 minutes to tidying up. There’s been plenty of times where I lack motivation and drive to get out of bed. My house turns into my worst nightmare of stuff everywhere.
Once I’m in a better headspace, I pick myself up and get my house back into shape. Because everything has a place of its own, I have an easy time getting through the mess.
"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together"
-- Vincent Van Gogh
I hope I've helped give you the motivation to make a 'series of small' changes within your organizing journey.