10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

Most people spend all of their time on the quick fix and almost no time on the big picture. We’ve got 10 actions that you can do TODAY to support your goal for organizing your home. 

DO A DETOX

Start small. Taking on too many spaces will sabotage your success. 

Start with the single space that most impacts your everyday (cabinet under the sink, junk drawer, laundry room, you choose!). Using a white trash bag for donations and a black trash bag for trash, first make a pass removing anything broken, expired or unused for more than six months. 

Go back for a second round, this time targeting things you don’t love or use (glasses no one reaches for, book club book you didn’t read, gift that gives you guilt, you see where this is going).

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

CREATE A ZONING PLAN

Just because it’s how you’ve always done it, doesn’t mean it’s how it works best. 

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

Start with the single space that most impacts your everyday (cabinet under the sink, junk drawer, laundry room, you choose!). Using a white trash bag for donations and a black trash bag for trash, first make a pass removing anything broken, expired or unused for more than six months. 

Go back for a second round, this time targeting things you don’t love or use (glasses no one reaches for, book club book you didn’t read, gift that gives you guilt, you see where this is going).

Consider your space and the things you do in it and create a zoning plan to make your life easier.

Pulling together everything you need for an activity will save you time and effort. We love a lunch zone stocked with Ziplocs, lunch boxes, water bottles and utensils—or a coffee station, including mugs, beans, pods and collagen powder; making your morning routine that much more efficient.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

INVEST IN ORGANIZATIONAL PRODUCT

When your system looks great you’re more likely to keep it up.

When your system looks great and items are contained and categories are separate, it makes it much easier to maintain. 

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals
10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

USE LABELS TO ENLIST HELP

Got littles? Use picture labels.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

When your system looks great and items are contained and categories are separate, it makes it much easier to maintain. 

Labeling the system you’ve created will ensure everyone in your household is equipped to put things where they belong. 

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

STOP CLUTTER AT THE SOURCE

Be ruthless about what comes in your front door.

Whether it’s a well-intentioned gift, hand-me-downs from a neighbor or a Homegoods find you didn’t know you needed (you don’t)—ensure everything that crosses your threshold is wanted, useful and supports your family’s lifestyle and goals.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals
10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

MAKE MEMORIES (ON TOP SHELVES)

Create an intentional home for special keepsakes.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

Whether it’s a well-intentioned gift, hand-me-downs from a neighbor or a Homegoods find you didn’t know you needed (you don’t)—ensure everything that crosses your threshold is wanted, useful and supports your family’s lifestyle and goals.

Create a memory bin for every member of the household. Into these bins go only the things that truly tug at the heartstrings. Take photos and let go of the rest.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

BECOME AN EDITOR

Review your inventory on a regular basis. Whether it’s your pantry shelves or your master closet, you’ll notice the more you do it, the faster and easier it gets.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals
10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

MAKE IT EASY TO MOVE THINGS ON

Put a “Donate” bin in key areas of the home that tend to collect unwanted items (the laundry room, kids’ closets and garage are common hotspots). Make a calendar alert to weekly take donations to your local drop-off.

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals
10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT

The biggest key to success is setting up habits and routines that support your new system. Designate time to consider daily, weekly and monthly routines that will support the sustainability of your newly organized space. 

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals
10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

FINISH THE JOB

Take your trash to the curb, drop off donations, order your labels and rally the troops. You’ve got this!

10 Actions To Support Your Organizing Goals

Sorting, labeling and moving things around might your space look great today, but

IF YOU DON’T TAKE THE TIME TO THOUGHTFULLY CREATE A SYSTEM AND A SOLUTION THAT’S UNIQUE TO YOUR FAMILY’S GOALS AND PRIORITIES, THEN THE MESS WILL ALL COME BACK.

The system is what you need to create before you start the organizing process. Once you have your system, organizing is simple—and keeping it organized is easy. Your home should be a beautiful place that's lived in, not stressed in. 

Christina Lee and Rebecka Jodeit
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