I've been on a quest to organize and improve my house so I'm not caught in this constant battle of matchbox cars and un-matching socks. One of my friends from my MOPS group is helping me both stay accountable to actually cleaning and has been giving me tips on how to get it done!
So here we go!
--Don't try to do it all at once! You didn't accumulate all of the extra stuff in your house all once and you can't go through it all at the same time. Baby steps.
--Everything must have a home. I don't care if you keep your batteries in the medicine cabinet and your toys in the lazy susan. As long as you have a spot for what you own you can keep it. If you don't have a spot for it, well then it's probably time for it to go.
--Be realistic. If you haven't worn it in the last year you probably aren't going to wear it. Toss it! If you honestly think you are going to use something it is ok to keep it, but seriously evaluate each item as you are going through them.
--Do one area at a time. Pick one room to start with. Maybe you'll want to start with the messiest room because that will force you to get rid of things. Or you could start with the cleanest room so you'll have at least 1 finished room! It doesn't matter. But pick one and get started. Go through the room cabinet by cabinet, drawer by drawer. Get rid of things you don't use. Move things if you know they go somewhere else.
--Don't purchase any bins, baskets or storage containers. Your goal is to go through your house and get rid of things. After you've finished then re-organize what is left. If you need boxes or baskets at this point it is ok to purchase. But don't make them a catch-all. Make sure they have a purpose.
--Don't be sentimental. It's ok to hold on to SOME things that have sentimental value. But again be realistic. You don't have to keep a scarf just because you sister gave it to you 10 years ago. If you don't use it, get rid of it!!
There are some good resources online that can help with establishing a cleaning schedule as well as organization. I like Flylady and Money Saving Mom.
I've been doing this for the last two weeks and can't believe all of the extra stuff we have in our house!! I'm saving it all up to get a picture at the end so I'll share that in a couple of weeks!! My goal is to be finished by the middle of February!
I hope this helps you get started on your organizational projects!
The Littlest Guy "helping" out by putting toys where they don't go!