One of the most difficult, yet rewarding thing you can do to is to get your household organization under control. Getting the house organized can be a daunting and tedious task. And for some who are real pack-rats, it can be nearly impossible. How do you know what you need to get rid of, what you should keep and where to put everything? Why should you even care about getting the house organized? While all of these questions are pertinent. I will mainly address the latter question and save the others for later posts.
Why should you care about getting the house organized? For starters, most people are trying to live simple, green and natural (mostly). You can hardly say your life is simple when you have four wardrobes worth of clothes, or say your life is green when you flippantly throw away everything that is “trash,” or say you do things naturally when you only buy whatever is the most convenient. I’m not trying to get down on anyone. Rather my hope is to encourage you to think about it a little harder.
Secondly, clutter makes our house look messy. Even if you are like I used to be and had your clutter in neat piles in specific locations, you house still looks messier than necessary. When you’re getting the house organized, your main concern should be about getting rid of clutter, whether that be throwing out things that are useless, or giving away items seldom used, or simply finding a place for everything. And I do mean everything. If you need something, it should have an assigned place. If the item does not have a home, it will end up in a pile somewhere.
Thirdly, being disorganized wastes time. Before I got organized I had a refrigerator magnet that I loved that said, “Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.” I would laugh because it made me feel better about my mess, but my mother-in-law took it another way. She said, “That’s absolutely correct!” She hated wasting time trying to find things, so she has a place for everything. There are neat drawers and boxes in her workroom that are all nicely labeled for easy identification. How much time have you wasted in your life looking for pens? Too much, right?
Lastly, disorganization can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and tired. I know that since I got my act together, it’s so much more pleasant to wake up to a clean house. I feel like I have more energy because I don’t have a to do list that is a mile long. Rather I have a short and simple plan that I follow each day to stay on track. Before my rehabilitation, I would feel lazy and disheartened. I didn’t know where to start and felt as though there were no point in trying to clean because it was just going to fall apart again anyway.
How do you start getting the house organized? My best advice is to de-clutter at least a half an hour each day. It’s best to do this in two fifteen minute bursts so as not to get overwhelmed. I wrote an article called How to Get Rid of Your Junk Drawer. Start there. Afterward, use the same principals to do the rest of the house. Here is a resource for printable to do lists to help you get organized. Don’t get discouraged. This process can take months. You can do it!