Being organized and free of clutter offers peace of mind and a confidence that you can get on with the things that matter, day to day. It saves you time hunting for things amongst the mess and can even encourage you to stay in touch with people, knowing that you can welcome friends into a tidy home you are proud of.
The process of getting to that point can make you feel just as good.
What does being organised mean to you?
You may not need perfection, just to be able to see the floor. Maybe aesthetics aren’t most important to you but rather function. Does cooking bring you joy but the kitchen doesn’t. Would you rather be in your garden than tidying up after the kids.
Decide what freedom within the home feels like to you.
Where to start?
Start where it means the most to you. Maybe you have a favourite spot to sit and relax. If this is cluttered with ‘unhelpful stuff’ then start here. You’ll feel good just getting started on your favourite place.
Tidy to music
Turn the radio up or tidy to your favourite playlist. If music makes you feel good, then why not.
Set a deadline
You’ll feel encouraged to get on with it if you know when you are going to stop. Set a timeline to be sure not to let the clutter dictate the terms.
Out with the unwanted
If you’ve collected a pile of unwanted items, make sure you get them out of the house. Arrange to donate them, bin them or take them to a recycling depot. Knowing they out of the way and not stuffed into a cupboard, to be dealt with later, will give you great satisfaction.
Weekends are for you
If you must do some sorting on the weekend, be sure to keep it short and sweet. You don’t want to get to the end of your weekend and feel like you’ve wasted the whole time tidying.
Do it with a friend
It’s easier to start organising and stick with it when you can share it with someone. Let your friends or family know you are ‘getting organised’. You might find it encourages them to get organised with you. Set up a weekly challenge and check back in with each other on your progress. Offer each other encouragement, any tips you’ve discovered on the way, or the opportunity to help each other so you can chat while you work.
Maintain momentum when you’re organising by planning a treat when the job is done. Schedule a lunch out with friends. Set a date to host a get together in your newly organised home. Buy yourself a bunch of flowers or catch a movie.
In the end, its often the simple stuff that’s tough to do. So turn the tough stuff into a process that you can enjoy. In your home, if you feel free, you will feel good.