Mommy Mondays: Organizing 101

I am the queen of organizing in this house. I’m one of those freaks that likes to do laundry, organize my closet and absolutely everything has its place. I would post a few pictures up here, but I’m writing this from my hotel room on the road…. not much to organize here. I am sure I will go back and add pics to this post, so stay tuned!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve checked into it, and luckily I am not showing any OCD-like traits in relation to my organizing, but every now and then I come close…. my poor family! Really, you can ask them…. I’m tiring when it comes to picking up the house.

There are different levels of organization. Not everyone graduates to a black belt. Organization is only as difficult as you make it. And, you can only be as organized as you want to be. Make the decision to organize and I can help you through the chaos.

ORGANIZING 101

1. Pick your Battles: This is critical if you have children. Your house will never look like a museum, EVER. Instead, identify the areas of your home that you can keep under control and focus on them. If you have a toddler, this may be nothing more than your locked pantry and your closet, but it’s a good start. I focus on my work station, my dressers and closet and the kitchen counters.

2. Don’t Get Buried: A little bit goes a long way. Taking 5 or 10 minutes each day to focus on cleaning can help avoid a 2 hour cleaning tirade during your precious weekend hours. I try to focus on my closet space in the morning, my work space throughout the day and my kitchen counters once the kids are all in bed. Little bits of time can really add up and make you feel accomplished.

3. Organizing Tools: Hangers, boxes and files, oh my! Stock up on organizing tools. No need to spend a fortune. A lot of stuff you can grab at the dollar store for cheap or you may be able to use items you already have as storage containers. Stop by Pinterest for tons of ideas. I always have hangers laying around and I pick up storage boxes on sale at my local TJ Maxx. Every now and then, I splurge on some high dollar storage displays, so my storage also counts as decor! Winning!!

4. Geek Out: Figure out a method to your madness. Is it color coding that flips your bic? Do you like to file by size or store stuff by category? Whichever system you create is probably going to depend on what it is your focusing on and what your personal style may be. My closet goes by type of clothing (work, play, dress up), my desk goes by size and function and the counters go by category and most used items.

5. Controlled Chaos: This is where you get creative or lazy, if that’s your style. I won’t judge. Being as organized as you want to be is really knowing where your crap is! If you prefer an “eclectic” organizational style AND you know where everything is located, then you my friend are as good as gold. The goal of organization is to decrease stress and to make items easily accessible. Everyone’s “organized” is uniquely their own!

 

*** Talk to me: What do you use to help yourself stay organized? ***

 

 

 

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