Ready to learn how to organize your home and not get overwhelmed?
Since you have to Google how to organize, chances are you either grew up with someone who was very unorganized or maybe they were organized but you are not, and they didn’t teach you how they managed life.
So many parents are so busy they think it is faster for them to do the tasks themselves but they never teach their kids how to do XYZ.
It’s not your fault that you don’t know how to organize it’s just that someone never taught you.
So we are going to dive into that today.
Knowing How To Organize Starts In Your Head
Some people start organizing by pulling out stuff from a closet that they no longer use. And that makes sense but organizing does not start there. It all starts in your head.
The biggest thing that causes us to feel unorganized is because we’re stressed. We feel like there is so much going on that we can’t wrap our minds around it. Before you start taking any physical action to organize you have to clear your head.
I want you to get out of a sheet of paper, YES a sheet of paper, your mind will clear itself when you handwrite whatever is floating around in your mind. I want you to write down every single thing that is in your mind I don’t care what it is put it on that sheet of paper.
It can be small things, big things, little tasks that you need to do, calls that you need to make, planning dinner… it doesn’t matter right it down.
Now that we have your mind clear you can start organizing different areas of your life.
Now I realize you just wrote down a list of a lot of tasks and you’re probably like “I need to do these now before I can organize my life.”
Today’s post is not at all about how to manage your tasks there is a whole other blog post about that that you can read after you finish this one
You Have To Start Small To Get Organized
If you are searching for things to help you learn about getting organized you are probably feeling overwhelmed. You are looking at a huge list of to-dos. Or maybe you don’t have a list but you have 100 things floating around in your mind and that is causing you to feel stressed. No matter what it is you are trying to organize whether it’s your life, your desk, or your school notebook, you have to start small. Trying to tackle your whole house and organize it in a weekend it’s not going to happen if you don’t already know how to organize.
If I wanted to organize a whole house, unless I had an army to help me, I wouldn’t do it myself either. So be willing to start small and take small steps to make progress as you keep going.
Start With One Thing
To get started you have to decide which think on the list is the most important to you. For me, if I was in your shoes I would choose something that is causing me the most stress. What area is your mind constantly thinking “I need to go to organize in this area?”
Is it your kitchen? Is that your calendar? Is it how you go shopping for your groceries? Is it your car, or your phone? It doesn’t matter what it is you can literally organize anything but you have to start with small steps.
Choose which one you use the most or which area of your life are you in the most. Your kitchen is a big one because that is where life happens. It could be your phone, or your car if you spend a lot of time in there. Choose which area of your life that you want to start with.
How To Organize Your Home In A Way That Works For You
There are so many people out there that say they have the best system. The way that will make your life simple and easy. The problem with that is they don’t know you. They don’t know how you think, your life, or your schedule.
It will be tempting to want to try all of the systems and tools that you come across. Then get upset with yourself when they don’t work for you. If you can’t stick to a system it is often because it’s not working for your mind. You can’t grasp the way they are telling you to do something. Finding the right system to organize is going to take time. You’re going to have to find what works for you and what really feels good.
Be leery of a system that seems complicated. It may not be complicated to the person who created it but if it’s complicated to you, then you won’t do it.
Simple steps cause simple action. Confusion causes inaction.
Know your mind and how you work this is going to be a daily practice it’s not easy to do but once you learn how to be mindful your life will become so much easier because you will know what will work for you before you even try it out.
Related post: How to be mindful.
Where Start With That One Thing
After you decided what area is causing you the most stress and the one area you want to start with you need to understand what is causing you to stress about that one thing. What is it about that one thing you don’t like?
Let’s use your closet as an example. You get up in the morning to get dressed and you’re looking in your closet trying to decide what to where you don’t know where anything is you’re tripping over shoes and it’s just a big mess. It slows you down in the morning and you feel like it’s a chore just to figure out a shirt and a bottom to wear each day.
Take a step back and look at the big picture. What is it about the closet that you hate the most? Is it that you just don’t put your clothes up every day? Maybe you are tripping over shoes and you need to line your shoes up along the wall or get a shoe rack.
What if you have too much… oh yeah… that might hurt for some…You might need to get rid of some things. Or maybe you don’t have a lot of stuff in the closet you just don’t know where anything is. You need to come up with a system that works for you.
There are so many ways to organize your closet. Some people to a capsule and others organize their clothes by color. But for me, I organize my clothes by what they are. So all of my t-shirts are together all of my dresses hang in the same section my long-sleeve shirts are together, my sweaters hanging another section.
When I get dressed I think about what I want to wear by the weather. Weird maybe but that’s just the way it is.
I like to be comfortable in the clothing I have on and I prefer to know where a certain item is if I am feeling cool or I am getting warm because the temperature is rising. I want to know exactly where that piece of clothing is.
I like simple but classy when it comes to style because most often I have denim on my bottom half so honestly for me to organize the color doesn’t really make sense. Pretty much anything I have goes with denim I could organize my clothes by color but then that would mix up my long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, sweaters and all of that. That would not work with the way I think.
Understand what is causing you to stress in your closet but also understand how you think. No one’s mind works the same and our lives are not the same so we are not going to organize our life, house, or plan the same way everyone else does.