One one of the top New Year’s Resolutions is to get organized. This can be very challenging, especially if you are not even sure where to start.
Before we begin, check out these stats on organizing:
- Americans waste 9 million hours per day looking for items (Source: American Demographics Society).
- 80% of the clutter in homes is a direct result of disorganization, not a lack of space (Source: National Association of Professional Organizers).
- 1 in 11 Americans rents a self-storage unit spending more than $1,000 annually on rent.(Source: National Association of Professional Organizers).80% of papers we and information we keep and file we will never look at nor use again (Source: Agency Sales Magazine).
- The average worker spends more than 2 hours per week looking for electronic files (which were not properly organized).
- Cleaning experts share that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in the average American home (Source: National Soap and Detergent Association).
- Unneccessary expenditures, due to being unable to find the items needed, can increase your annual budget by as much as 20%.(Source: National Association of Professional Organizers).
- Ikea completed a survey back in 2012 where people advised that they were more satisfied after cleaning out their closet than they were after sex.
If you are shocked to see that in writing, you are not alone. This list was even a shock to me (and I am extremely organized). However, I don’t have to deal with these issues because of it. I have less stress and never have to wonder where anything is at. There is no stress in our home because of organization and clutter.
As you get ready to tackle this challenge (be it a resolution or something you are just wanting to start doing), I’ve got some easy tips to keep in mind. This will help you not become overwhelmed and want to throw in the towel before you really get started.
1. Start Small. If you are just figuring out how to get organized, you don’t want to start with the messiest room in your home (although, that might be tempting). Instead, select something which might be more manageable. It might be your bathroom medicine cabinet or even your laundry room. You might even just select one kitchen drawer to organize. Once you accomplish your first organizing task, you will have figured out what worked and can move on to the next area.
Just always remember that your house did not become disorganized or cluttered in a week, so you can’t expect to clean it all up in just seven days.
2. Sort While Your Organize. Before you start working on any space, make sure you have 3 boxes, bins and/or bags ready to go. Label them as follows:
As you clean and find something you no longer need, determine if it is something you will donate, throw away or if it needs to go somewhere else in your home.
Once you are through with that space, take your donate box and set it to be taken away. Make sure the trash is taken out. Finally, take the box of items you need to relocate and put them back “where they live” in your home. If you just place them on a counter, dresser or floor, you are just adding more clutter instead of working to declutter.
3. Set goals. This is one that always helps. Try to set a goal for each space you complete. For instance, once you tackle the bathroom, allow yourself to go buy some new towels. Maybe, once the kids’ room is all cleaned and organized they can have a play date with you at the park. Whatever your goal, just make sure you write it down and keep it visible. You might place it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror, so you see it all of the time.
4. Schedule it. This may seem strange, but it really can help. Set aside time each week to work on one space in your home. When it is on your calendar, it means that you’ve got the time to commit to your project. Just be careful — sometimes when you start you don’t want to stop!
5. Share your progress. As you get your areas organized, post about it on social media. Share a photo on Instagram with the #organize hashtag. You will find others who are in the same situation as you who can provide support and praise for a job well done!
Organizing is scary at first. However, once you have your home in order you will feel so much better. Disorganizing and clutter can cause stress. That in turn can affect you both physically and emotionally. Decluttering your life can truly make you feel better!!
Make sure you check out our entire How to Get Organized series – – where you will find the tips, checklists and help you need to tackle organizing every space in your home!