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How To Start Reorganizing Your Entire House
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We are all spending more time in our homes before all of the hassles of 2020. I don’t know about you, but the more I’m in my home, the more I see things that can be improved. I am not talking about full renovations, I am talking about those things that make living life at home easier. How about that pantry where your cereal falls on your head every time you open the door or that linen closet where you can no longer find your good towels. Yes…I thought this would be a great time to get our homes in order while discovering how to start reorganizing your entire house.
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Now I know what you are thinking. “Clearissa are you looney? it’s the holidays”. And you are absolutely correct. Now may not be the time to actually tackle the projects, but it is the perfect time to begin the planning stage so that when the holidays are over and all of the glitz and glam of the season is put away, we can move right into making the necessary changes. So today, let’s begin to plan how to start reorganizing your entire house once the holidays have come and gone.
It is so easy to let disorganization and clutter take control of a house. It can be overwhelming. Just remember that it did not get chaotic in one day and give yourself some grace because it will not get cleaned in and organized in one day. It has to be taken step-by-step and sometimes they must be baby steps. Let’s discuss tips for how to start reorganizing your entire house.
- It is important to make a plan on how to get your house organized. Walk through the house and make notes of what needs to be done in each room. Once you have a list, make a goal to complete at least one thing off the list each day. Keep the list where you can see it. On the fridge or on a bulletin board that you see each day are examples of places to store this list. Or my favorite place is in my planner. Remember, you want to see the list daily because out of sight out of mind.
- Start planning small projects, things you can see improvement in quickly. Organizing a closet. Sorting through it and getting rid of things you no longer need or find useful. You can plan to donate them, get them ready for a future yard sale, or plan to just throw them away if worn and torn. As you dream of making more room in your closet, think about ways to maximize your storage space. You can add shelves and other closet organizers. Keep adding to your planning list. Remember, plan, plan, plan.
- As you move through the list, some projects may be larger than others and that is AOK. You just have to remember that once you begin working on it you keep working on it till it is done. This is the time to plan and make sure you have the supplies on hand. Also, plan out your time as well. This way, you will know what to expect once the project begins. Perhaps thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes in the afternoon working on larger projects is one way to go. This is not my way, but it could be the perfect solution for someone else.
- It is also not a bad idea to plan how you will maintain your home once it is organized. Will you assign chores to family members? Will you get up earlier in the morning to make sure things run smoothly? Will you make a commitment to never go to bed with dishes in the sink? All of these ideas are things you can plan for and wrap your brain around while you are in the planning stage. In other words, while planning the physical work you can also get your mind right and ready for the new year changes.
- Maintaining your newly organized home will be a lot easier with a plan in place. The key is to not get into the “I’ll do it later” mindset. If you have something that is in the wrong place, take the time to either put it away right away, or have a designated area on each floor, like a box, to put things that need to go to another floor. Then at the end of the day, everything in the box gets put away.
- Another idea to help keep the house organized is to establish a schedule where each room of the house gets a thorough cleaning one day each week. It may take a while to get in the new routine, but planning ahead and inviting the family to participate will make it easier. If people remember to put their own things away, that will also help. Try not to be too impatient when people forget at first. Be sure to remind them gently, without nagging. And if you bring them in on the planning now, it will be easier when the actual work begins.
- If you set up a checklist, similar to your original goal list, you can keep on top of the things that need to be done around the house. Why not assign each family a specific area of the house to help keep organized. They simply have to go through the room and make sure that everything is in its place. While it takes time and a bit of effort, it will be worth it once the house is clean, neat, and organized.
I have several checklists available to help you with your planning and execution. You can find them here https://clearissacoward.com/storefront/page/2/.
So tell me, are you a planner? Do you think that starting now will help you implement your process easier when it is time? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s enjoy the holidays and then get busy improving our surroundings.
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