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We live in a society where we buy a lot of stuff thinking that it will enhance our lives.
From the new sofa set to a dinnerware set and what not.
But as time passes by new technologies, new equipment is developed and we buy those new things as well.
Not even knowing what we’ll do with the old stuff.
This creates a lot of disorganization in the house and we’re left with the dilemma of choice.
What should we do, how do we manage so many things in the house, what to keep, what to throw and what not.
This leads to exhaustion and overwhelm.
This article will help you give a step-by-step plan to organize your home without any stress and overwhelm.
1. Visualize Your Home Organized and Sorted
Before I even tell you how to sort your home.
You must actually see it to believe it.
Visualize it in your mind.
How do you want your home to look after being organized.
Where do you want the furniture to be?
The excess mess to be?
How good will you feel?
How will it smell to be in such a nice and sorted home?
Close your eyes and visualize each room.
This way when you’ll actually begin doing the work, it’ll be much easier and you’ll be much more motivated.
2. Assembling the Tools
Now once you have visualized how you want your future home to look like.
You should also be pretty clear on what you dislike about the current setting of your home.
What frustrates you, what takes a lot of space, what object do you need or not need.
Once you have done that you will need to start assembling the tools of success.
The stuffs that will bring you closer to the goal.
Some of the most basic tools will be an organizing kit, a tool kit and a cleaning kit.
Inside the organizing kit you should have all the tools that will help you sort things out such as containers, boxes, baskets, etc…
While the tool kit will be anything that will help you fix stuff such as screw, nuts and bolts, hammers, etc…
And finally, the cleaning kit will be used to clean spots if they get dirty during the organizing part.
3. Picking the Disorganized Spots
Before you start taking any action take a few minutes and assess.
See which space is available and where would you want to organize your stuff.
Doing this will help you from silly mistakes later such as putting your laptop away from a power station or not having a table near the ironing spot.
And if you feel like you need to take into account the floor plans of each room. Don’t hesitate but do it.
This will better help you equip with the right knowledge before you even begin.
And you may even need to measure shelves and drawers to work out the best possible solutions.
4. Begin Categorization
Now is the time to categorize everything you have in a room into a broad category.
Something like big items, small items, large items, heavy items.
This way you begin the process of categorization and organizing the stuff.
After such a broad categorization. Start creating sub categories.
For example, in subcategory you can put linen, electrics, etc…
And then anything that comes under these categories organize those objects there.
For example: In linen comes stuff like Towels, bedsheets, pillows.
So put all those things at one place.
5. Throw or Keep
Let’s be honest there is a lot of stuff in your home that you don’t need.
What to do about it?
Give it away for free to someone who needs it or throw it out.
Keep only the stuff you use regularly.
Anything other than that should be taken out.
So go in every room and cross question yourself –
– Do I use this and how often?
– Do I need this? Can I use something else as its substitute or borrow from someone?
– Am I keeping this as a memory of someone or something or is there actually any use of it and am I using it?
If you’re using something as a memory, take a pic of it.
– Do I love this thing? Am I that emotionally attached to it? If not then you don’t need it.
After you answer the above answers, you’ll know if you need to throw away those items or keep them.
6. Giving Directions
After you have thrown away the unwanted and non-needed stuff.
Now you’re only left with the stuff you love or need.
Now it’s time to give them a direction.
Meaning a place in your house.
And what would be the best place to keep them.
Before we begin you must also understand the fact that not all areas in your house hold equal value to you.
Nor should it.
There will be some places where you go more often in your home and some places you don’t go at all.
The areas where you will most likely keep your main objects are your primary storage areas while the areas where you don’t really go often will be your secondary storage areas.
Primary storage areas could be places that are within your arms’ reach or places that you can access even when you’re in a sitting position.
The key determinants to where you place items are based on how often you use them, their shape, size, weight and the overall category size.
In addition, you need to take into account the room you have to work with and its configuration.
The main goal should be to keep your main things or most used objects the most accessible to you.
7. Putting It All Together
So far you accessed the whole house and decided the exact plan of the house and where you want the items to be.
Then you discovered which items you need to keep and which ones you will throw away.
After that you finally came up with the different places you will be keeping your items in.
The most important thing is to keep a note of where are your most usable areas.
Because you want your main items to be in spots where you’ll be most going to.
And now finally after we have planned all this it’s time to put it all into action.
You have the tool kit, the cleaning kit.
If you need any drawers or if any cabinets need fixing then use the toolkit.
Then also give the cabinets a quick clean before putting the items to their place.
You can now go about putting the items in their places.
Put the items depending on the size of the room and the number of items that will fit in the room so as to not make it feel stuffed.
8. Final Review
It’s time to look all around the house.
Your hard work and desire have come to fruition.
You did it.
But is it actually making you happy?
Are you happy with the execution?
Is this exactly how you wanted it?
Have you achieved your vision and your goals? Is the space physically, functionally and emotionally working for you?
Are you easily able to locate, retrieve, use and replace every item you have deemed necessary to your lifestyle?
Have you put a touch of your personality on the room?
So, it stands out and let’s show cases your personality?
Do you now feel relaxed and cozy in this room?
How do you feel now?
Remember the visualize step from above.
Do you feel like how you visualized?
And do you feel like there are any more improvements you will need to make in the next room?
Now take your camera out and take a photo.
This will help you when organizing the next room.
Or anytime your room again starts to get disoriented the picture will help you put things back to their place.
In this article you learnt easy steps you can use to make your home more organized and easier to live in.
Because let’s face it.
A messy, un balanced home is one of the easiest ways to suck out your energy even before the day has begun.
A balanced home means a balanced life.
It saves you from making stupid buying decisions as well as makes you happy and gives you peace.
Some of the most important points you can take from this article is learning how to categorize your items before you begin to put them to their places.
This way you will always know when and where to put the things and whenever you will want to get them out, you can easily do that.
Since they’ll be readily accessible.
Hope you liked this article.
Comment below and let me know your thoughts and which of the steps will you take to begin organizing your home better.