Monday, 7 January 2013

My Organising Tips

Evaluate the space

It's a good idea to work out why the space isn't working for you. Maybe you have too many clothes or the storage space that you use is not working for you. For example storing your side plates on top of your dinner plates is probably not the best option, as you have to lift off all the side plates to get to the dinner plates and vice versa.It has to be easy to put away otherwise you probably won't put it back.  Also try to put your most frequently used items as eye level

Purge, Purge and Purge some more

You can not organise a space until you have purged. When you go through your stuff organise it in to 4 piles, a keep, donate, sell and rubbish pile. I have gone through my clothes 3 times over the last 12 months and purged lots of clothes and I ask myself these questions.

Do I really love it?
Do I use it?
Do I have room for it?
Will I ever wear it again?
Have I worn it in the last 12 months?

If you wanted to see which clothes you wear and which ones you don't you could hang your hangers the opposite way. Then in 6 months you could purge the clothes that are still hanging the opposite way.

Everything must have a home

I can not stress enough that everything must have a home. When everything has a home and it is put away, there should be no clutter. Items must be put back otherwise the whole organisation system fails. If a space isn't working then work out what is not working and change it. Sometimes you have to try a couple of different ways before you get it right. Some organised spaces will evolve over time a space that worked 12 months ago might not work now but know that is ok, change it so it does.

Maintain the space

I see alot of people organise a space and a week later it's back to where it was. A organised space in your home is only going to stay that way if you put the items back where they belong.

One in One out rule

My husband actually implemented this rule many years ago. You see I had a obsession for bed linen well I actually still do but I am more mindful these days. I use to have at least 10 quilt cover sets, I know way too many for 1 bed.  I have purged alot and the rule is if I buy a new quilt cover set then one has to be donated. I also apply this rule to my clothes and alot of other items in our house.

Storage Space

I love love storage space the more the better. But sometimes more storage space can be your enemy, the more space you have the more stuff you have. So if your bookshelf is overflowing with books instead of buying another bookcase why don't you purge some books unless you really have the room.

Vertical Space

We often forget about vertical storage. Look at your space and look at where you could use vertical storage. You could use the over the door organisers for shoes, cleaning items, bathroom items, the list is endless. Also think about inside your cupboard doors. There are shelves that you can hang over the doors. The 3M brand hooks are another great idea to hang items as well.

Organised doesn't mean display home

Just because you are organised doesn't mean your house has to look like a display home all the time either. I know alot of you who follow my blog have young kids. It is impossible to have your home look like a display home unless all you do all day is pick up after your kids. During the day when there are toys on the floor, stuff on the bench etc it is not clutter because everything that is out has a home. So when I put everything away the surfaces are clear because everything is put away in its home.

I hope that these tips help you in your organisation journey.


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