Outer order brings inner calm.
Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.
The way you do anything is the way you everything.
I’m a mom. That is a little bitty word for such a huge job!! There are many jobs with in that mom job and it takes great management skills to manage it all! I’m a also a wife, housekeeper, cook, part time home-school teacher, and now a blogger. But there was one thing that needed to get done if I was going to make time to blog, and that is to GET ORGANIZED. Organize my house that is. I needed to clean up and clean out first. I have found that I absolutely can not focus on anything while I have a to do list the size of Texas. And if I wanted to become a blogger, I better get things in order if I’m going to succeed.
I needed a schedule and a plan. Just like anything else in life like a job or being a student, you need structure, discipline, and goals. And YES… I don’t care what anyone says… running a household and a family IS a JOB. So I treat it like one and try to do my best at it. I have always been a somewhat organized person, but I wanted to take my organizational skills to a whole new level. I decided to hold myself to a new standard. Below at the end of the post you will find links to some of the organizational bins that I purchased and loved!
Here is what I did.
HOW TO START
Create a To Do List for each room in your house. For example, a to do list for “The Kitchen,” And I don’t just mean clear off the counters, I mean clear out EVERYTHING! I would write out every thing I wanted to declutter in the kitchen. Clean out fridge. Organize cabinets. Buy organizing bins for pantry. Get rid of old dishes or pans I no longer use. Mop. Deep clean appliances. Write down EVERYTHING. When you start checking these off, it will give you the motivation and confidence to keep going!
Give yourself a deadline for each To Do List. Put on your calendar the date and time you are going to start and finish each list.
- Week 1 – Kithcen
- Week 2 – Kids clothes
- Week 3 – Hallway closets
- Week 4 – My car
You get the idea. Once you have a plan and schedule in place in front of you in writing, it will be much easier to go after it, get it done, and you will look forward to the end result! The first room on my schedule for me was the room I spend the most time in… the kitchen! But if it’s too overwhelming to start with a big job, start with your smallest one. Sometimes just doing one small easy job like a hallway closet or just one drawer in your dresser can help kick in the motivation to keep going.
Get started! Don’t think too much about each item. If you can’t decide if you should keep something or not, then it probably needs to go. If you put too much thinking into each item, then it will take you a very long time to get your house in order and you will lose motivation. If it makes it easier, create a bin to toss things out that you aren’t sure of and you can hold on to that bin until the end of the week and I can almost guarantee you that when you get back to that bin you will end up tossing it 😉
So get those donation bags ready! And get excited, because with an organized home you will feel more peace, have more time for your dreams and goals, feel less stressed, and these new habits will trickle into all other areas of your life. It has worked for me and it feels amazing. I go through my house once a month and find things to get rid of or that have become unorganized again and I quickly get it back in order.
Once you have lifted the burden of an unorganized, cluttered home from your mind, you will begin to notice such positive changes in your life. When there is clutter building up in your home, it can clutter your brain. I didn’t realize it was a stress I was carrying until I got rid of everything that didn’t serve a purpose anymore. Every time you open a closet door or drawer to stuff one more thing in it, it becomes this burden of “I’ll clean this out one day.” Decluttering my house has literally changed the way I do everything. I think twice before bringing more clutter into my home. Once you have this done, you will want to keep it this way too!
You can also check out my Etsy shop link for some helpful organizing printables! – www.topknotsandtodos.etsy.com
Here are some items I purchased from amazon to help get my house in order! I hope they can help you too 🙂
2. I found these metal bins great for storing sheets, pillow cases, and linens in the closet. You can see through them so you don’t have to dig in the bin for what you need, but you can also stuff them tight without ruining the shape of the bin like the flimsy cloth ones I used to use.
3. This frying pan storage is great for my kitchen cabinet and I don’t have to take out a million pans to get to the bottom one 😉 sometimes the most simplest solution can make all the difference in the kitchen.
4. I also found these great stack-able containers for all of our sports bottles… between me, my husband, and my three kids, we have tons of water bottles for sports, lunches, etc and I always just threw them all in a big drawer and had to dig for the lids. This was a perfect solution!