Getting organized isn’t as big and scary as you think. These tips will help.
For MONTHS our front closet drove me nuts. It was so bad that we couldn’t even shut the door because we always had shoes spilling into the hallway.
So you’d think as soon as I noticed the mess I got it nice and pretty, right? Nope!
It took me a very really long time to get around to it (8 months to be exact). And it wasn’t because I was lazy.
It was because I felt overwhelmed.
Just the mere thought of getting it together stressed me out every time I walked past it. So I kept avoiding it until I felt like I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Chances are, if you’re here right now, you’re probably doing this too. You’re avoiding something that you know you need to get organized because it makes you feel overwhelmed every time you think about it.
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First, let me just say that what you’re feeling is normal. But you CAN overcome it. Here are some tips that helped me get organized when I felt overwhelmed and I know they’ll help you too.
Stop putting it off
Plain and simple: the longer you put it off, the more it’s going to bother you.
Not to mention the mess is only going to get bigger and add to your stress. The best time to organize something is at the moment you see it needs to be done.
Or the moment it begins to rob you of your peace—your sanity is not worth that pile of junk mail, (or the river of shoes in my case), I promise you.
Clear your to-do list
Trying to get organized just isn’t a good idea when you’ve already got a lot on your plate. I know as busy moms we like to squeeze stuff like this in at the end of an exhausting day, but you don’t have to.
Instead, check your calendar and choose a day beforehand that works best for you to focus on getting it done. Because depending on your project, it could take you 2 hours or 2 days, and you need to plan accordingly to save your sanity!!
Get enough sleep
Whether you’re organizing a small closet or your basement, you need to be mentally prepared for this. So getting enough sleep the night before your project is crucial.
Because if fatigue sets before your adrenaline does, then you’ll get overwhelmed and you won’t have the energy or motivation to see it through.
Ask for help
If you’re anything like me and you struggle to ask for help, then this probably isn’t the only time you’ve felt overwhelmed trying to get your house in order.
Listen, admitting that you need help doesn’t mean you’re failing as a mom and it certainly doesn’t make you a bad mom either because you’re not superhuman—you don’t need to do everything yourself.
You’ve got to start allowing the people in your life to contribute if they can/want to—even if it’s as small as assembling a shoe rack. (That’s what my husband did for me while I was organizing our front closet!)
So start practicing NOW by asking for help with the little things, and then work your way up to delegating bigger tasks.
Clear the clutter first
Before you can organize ANY space, you need to get rid of every single thing you do not wear, that does not work, or is no longer useful—so that you can create MORE space for the things that actually matter to you!
Doing this first makes it a whole lot easier to find a “home” for the items you have to organize after you declutter.
Know what you need
Speaking of creating a “home” for your belongings, my FAVORITE thing about organizing is going shopping for the things I need to GET organized!
I mean, who doesn’t love shopping, right?!
No matter what room or area you’re organizing, the best thing you can buy are containers to hold knick-knacks and decorative baskets for extra storage.
I find most of my functional home organization products on Amazon (thanks to fast 1-day shipping!). But I also like shopping at Walmart and Target too.
Here’s a list of home organization and storage products every mom should own.
Create decluttering rules after you’re done
When you’ve got an area of your house that’s getting out of hand, it’s most likely because you don’t have any decluttering rules in place. I realized this as I was getting our small front closet organized.
It dawned on me that we were just throwing every pair of shoes we owned in there, so I knew that I didn’t want the clutter to come back after I organized it which is why I created three simple house rules to make sure of it:
#1 Shoes that no longer fit gotta go immediately.
#2 All shoes go on the shoe rack, not on the floor (I also got this for the kids’ shoes).
#3 The closet door must stay closed.
With these new rules in place and a tidy coat closet, nobody will ever have to trip over shoes on their way to the kitchen again—yay!
I’m learning that setting these boundaries are KEY to staying organized.
So where do you start organizing and decluttering?
The best place to start decluttering is the place in your home that is bothering you the most right now. If seeing it cluttered and messy makes you want to scream, don’t wait months like I did to get it under control.
So think about the ONE area you absolutely can’t stand right now. THAT is where you should start decluttering and organizing.
The secret is, when you start somewhere that frustrates you, you’ll be so proud that you finally did it, your next project won’t feel as scary!