Are you stuck in quarantine and realizing how unorganized your home is, but do not know where to begin? Organizing your home will help you organize your life, lower your stress levels, and make you happier. Organizing can seem very overwhelming, so I have provided you with tips below to help you in the process.
- First, you need to decide when and where in your home you want to start getting organized and schedule it for
yourself or your family.
- Next, start with the room you are in the most – this way when you are finished getting organized you will feel more at peace in this room and all the hard work will feel worth it. So for most people, this would be their bedroom, kitchen, office or living room.
- Once you’ve picked the room, divide it into sections, and go it through one section at a time. For example, if you’re working on your bedroom, create “sections” like closet area, desk area, dressers, bed & nightstand. From there, create separate piles for each section you work on: Keep, Give Away and Throw Away.
- Divide the keep pile into items that will stay in the room on display or go into storage. Make sure bags are handy and have separate ones for the give and throw away items.
- **Pro Tip: Do not simply move items from one place to another within the room, this can end up overwhelming you.
While going through your belongings go piece by piece and make a decision on what you are going to do with an item before you move onto the next to simplify the organization process.
- After you have decided what you are going to keep now — remove the giveaway bag and throw away the remaining items. This way you’ll only be looking at the things you now need to work with.
- Once you have sorted your belonging clean the room. Before you organize the room to your liking consider investing in containers, bins, or bookshelves so everything has a place.
- Now you’re completely ready to organize and make the room yours. Some people organize based on things they use the most, others like clean surfaces where most items are in drawers, and others organize based on whatever feels right for them. There’s really no “right way” to organize. The space is yours and as long as it works for you; that’s what matters.
To help decide on what to do with an item base your decision on whether it gives you pleasure or happiness — if an item gives you pleasure or happiness keep it if it does not give or throw it away. Any item you are truly unsure about what to do with keeping it put it in storage, and reassess in 6 months.
Consider rotating sentimental items and photos from storage to make use of everything.
Written by Maddie Gillerlain with contributions from www.psycom.net