A few weeks ago I lost some very important papers, after tearing up my entire house I still could not find them. The whole ordeal cost us a ton of time and some money as well. I have a serious clutter issue, unorganized papers fill my house. My friend, Amanda from UnOrganizedMommy.com has offered up a few tips to help me (and others like me) out of our clutter:
- Create a Mission Statement. Why do you want to get organized? I realized I was more apt to accomplish and follow through with the challenge of getting organized when I attached a purpose to it. For example, my mission statement is “I am committed to organizing my home and developing good habits that honor my husband, serve my family and God, and provide a welcoming environment for friends."
- Make a Plan. After you have given yourself a purpose for organizing plan how you will get organized. It helped me to take Laura Wittmann’s 52 Weeks of Clutter Rehab challenge. Where you have one focus for each week. She even has a weekly check list to help you get started. I suggest using this checklist and keeping it where you see it everyday!
- Research Your Options. Do you have a favorite magazine you read all the time? More than likely they have an article on their website about organizing and you can start your research there. Since I come from a background of being completely unorganized I didn’t know where to start. But these websites I found were my favorite places to learn how I can be proactive and get organized!
- Don’t start what you can’t finish! This tip is inspired from one of my readers after I posted about my habit of doing only “half jobs” around the house:
"To be sure that I don't do a half job, I break down every task into small areas. For example, in the kitchen, I just do one drawer at a time or one cabinet at a time. Take everything out of JUST that one small area - sort through it, get rid of what you can, and then put back only what you truly need in an organized fashion.
Only then do I go on to the next area. It is much less overwhelming that way, and helps to ensure that nothing only gets halfway done!" –Unorganized Mommy Reader, Kary.
- Do what is best for you. There are an overwhelming amount of websites, books, and articles that offer their advice on helping you get organized. Find practical ideas that work for you, your life style, and your space. Spend less time wishing you had that perfect space and more time utilizing the space you have. Having bigger and better will not make you happy but taking control over the clutter in your home and life will allow you to enjoy more where you are right now.