Your home is now organized – the grunt work of organizing has been done! Perhaps you hired a professional organizer, or you tackled it on your own – either way – good job! I bet you feel more relaxed and energized in your newly organized space.
We find that we get asked this next question a lot. My home is now organized and looks and functions the way I want it to – so how do I keep it this way?
We’ve listed a few tips for you below that we have found to be quite helpful when it comes to keeping your space looking great.
Implement 5-Minute Organizing
Staying organized is a matter of developing good habits. If you don’t incorporate a few minutes per day of organizing, even the most organized person will suffer. Take just 5 minutes per day to tidy the counter, straighten the blankets and pillows on the couch, file, sort or recycle any mail laying around. Make your bed, tidy the shoes at the entranceway. All of these small tasks add up to bigger tasks before we know it if not dealt with more consistently.
Give Everything A Home
Evaluate the space you have. Evaluate what you actually use, how often you use it and where you use it. This process allows you to give every item a place where it belongs. Then, every time you use that item, put it back where it belongs. This will cut back dramatically how much clutter and disorganization you have around the home. Especially since things are coming in and going out on a consistent basis as life changes.
Make Your Bed Each Morning
We touched on the importance of making your bed in the 5-minute organizing point above. But it’s so important that we wanted to list it twice! In the 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas in Austin, Admiral McRaven shared his thoughts on the matter. “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another,” he said. “By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.” A made bed just looks and feels better; increasing your overall levels of stress and betters your mood.
Clean Up The Kitchen After Dinner
Dinner has been enjoyed (hopefully!), you’ve taken a few needed moments to relax and unwind and now the sink full of dirty dishes and the messy counter top are starring you in the face. The last thing you want to do is clean up the kitchen at the end of a long day. You may find yourself saying things like ‘It can wait until the morning’, but when morning comes and you’re looking at the mess, your stress levels instantly rise and your frustrated with the mess. Do yourself a favour and simply clean up after dinner. It only takes a few moments.
By implementing these tips into your everyday routines, you’ll be on the right track to maintaining your organized spaces. Soon, these tips will become habit and long, overwhelming and stressful organizing days will be a thing of your past!
Of course, if you need some extra guidance and support – we are always here to help!