by Amy Ford
When the new year approaches, the build-up of setting goals and intentions sets in. I always feel like the new year is like the first day of school; you go in gung-ho, ready to seize the year and then quickly lose steam at the end of the first week. For myself, I’ve learned I am more successful when I challenge myself to accomplish one thing by the years end. This year I chose organization. Organizing a home is a big feat, especially when there are the added children and pets. I am an easily distracted organizer; I have a tendency to start in one room and then find myself floating about the house trying to balance five different spaces unsuccessfully all at once. So, this year, I took it upon myself to prepare. I bought organizing the home books and magazines and set my sights on taking back each space of my home one zone at a time.
Below are a few general starter tips in helping to achieve a more balanced home by the years end:
1. Divide and conquer.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your home, so there is no need to do it all at once. When deciding how to organize a space, pick a room; preferably one that needs the most attention. Each room can then be divided into stations. For example, a kitchen has a cooking station, a meal prep station, a food storage station, a dish station, etc. Pick one station and make it the one and only area of the kitchen that you will successfully organize that day.
2. Everything has a designated home.
When organizing a station in your home, make sure the items in that area make sense in its designated space. For example, in my kitchen I like to organize my cooking utensils into two different drawers; one for baking (whisk, measuring cups, measuring spoons...) and one for cooking (tongs, slotted spoon, pasta spoon, can opener, bottle opener...). Make the space make sense. The more sense it makes, the easier it is to find and navigate the station.
3. Keep it in check.
Maintain the space! If it’s not in use, it should be in its home. The more this is practiced, the less time it takes to clean up. Also, if there’s double, there’s trouble. If you have a functioning set of measuring cups, you don’t need a backup set; more than one just creates unnecessary clutter. Keep it simple and keep it minimal. Think of the station as a unit; every item should have a purpose to the space, it should function, and it should be used. If you don’t use it, lose it! Donate your doubles or properly dispose of anything that is broken or no longer working. There are many ways to recycle your overflow. Pinterest is a great resource to help generate ideas.
What are your strategies for organizing and creating a better flow to your home? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below!