When you’re organizing your life and home, consider how things will work for you and your family. There are many brilliant ideas on Pinterest and around the web but not all of them will work in every home.
Look at your life, routines, personality, etc. and consider what will actually be beneficial to you. There may be ideas you would love to try that just aren’t a fit for you at your current point in life. That’s okay! It means you’re normal! We don’t all live in perfect houses that never have dirty dishes or laundry to be done. We all have bad hair days or days we just want to hide in bed. Look for things to organize that will reduce stress, not cause more problems trying to use a system that just doesn’t fit you or your family.
–Start Simple – if you’re overwhelmed, you’re more likely to quit/give up!
–Adopt a system. Use a Family/Household Planner, or a notebook, or whatever works for your family. I LOVE the weekly planner over at theconfidentmom.com. I’ve used it for several years now and love the reminders included along with the spaces to personalize everything for my family.
-Keep your family in mind as you organize your home – a left-brained person may be more likely to put a thing in its place, while a right-brained person may be more likely to put a thing away if it goes in a cute/pretty container.
–Create a schedule – and then stick to it. It doesn’t have to be complex. (Sleep- the best place to start! Get up. Get dressed. Eat.)
–Label things! Baskets and containers look prettier and more organized when they have a cute label. Another bonus – you won’t be the only one who knows where things go!
–Delegate! It may not easy to let go of control, but have your family help with the organizing. Younger kids actually enjoy organizing – & it gives them something they can be in total control over, which boosts their confidence. See ideas for cleaning with kids.
–Put things away when you’re done with them. Put trash immediately in the garbage- and have trash cans easily accessible.
-Process your mail immediately. Helps avoid paper piles!
–Get rid of things you don’t need. It sounds easier than it is! Keep a box, a laundry basket, or a bag on hand for things you choose to give away, and as soon as it’s full, get it out of the house!
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-Start with organizing one space. It can be the corner of a room, or an entire room.
-You can start in a room that gets the most use so everyone can enjoy it, or start with the rooms that will stay organized the best/longest, so you feel you’re making a difference!
-One day a week, only schedule the necessary things (school, etc.). If you have a day where you don’t have to do things, it can help you be more productive on the other days – and on your do-nothing day too, because you can choose to do/work on things you like!
If you try something and it doesn’t work, that’s okay!
Tweak it or try something else until you find the fit that works for you!
We’re all different- and aren’t you glad! Life would be very boring if we were all exactly the same!