We are beyond thrilled to have Kelsey from Your Life Revamped share some of her favorite organizing tips! She is like the superwoman of organization and can turn any cluttered mess into a masterpiece. Take it away Kelsey!
I am so pleased to be visiting Jane today! Thank you so much for having me and inquiring about organization. Let’s get started! No matter how busy your schedule is, there’s always more time than you think to get organized. While it can seem like a daunting task, especially when you’re in a time crunch, you can use even ten minutes productively. Today I want to teach you ways you can organize your life and keep it that way, creating order in a world of chaos. I’ve got organizational ideas for several timetables, including 10 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes to make sure you make the most of your time and maximize the functionality of your living space.
For me, when I open a messy closet, ideas begin to fly! However, most people avoid the clutter because it does take A LOT of mental, emotional, and physical effort to get started. When I meet a new client, the first thing we work on together is stepping back to see the big picture—we breathe, make a plan, and begin the process of tackling the space we are looking to transform. Organization is such an underrated necessity. So many people that I’ve met tell me repeatedly how great an impact this process has on them. I’ve even had people say such transformative things like, “by organizing my life you have literally saved my marriage.” I can’t confirm that I’ve ever saved a marriage, but it is true that most of us don’t see the damage clutter can create in our minds and our relationships.
Let’s start with the 10-minute pick up:
Each night before you head off to bed spend 10 minutes picking up the clutter that has accumulated that day. Collect the toys, clothes, backpacks that have inevitably been strewn about with everyday carelessness. This will make your morning routine so much easier. I promise! One way to make this process even smoother would be to incorporate totes on the stairs or another “catchall” area with each member in the home’s name on them. This way you can start the process by separating these items from the get go, hopefully allowing things to land where they need to go much easier.
Moving along to a 30-minute clean out:
Take 30 minutes just once a week to clean out your fridge and/or pantry. This is a great time to make a list for next week’s groceries during the sweep, as you ditch expired food and take inventory of what you have on hand. This allows you to avoid overbuying and makes putting away groceries a breeze! If you always keep these notoriously cluttered areas cleaned out, they will stay more organized and you’ll get more out of your wallet by not wasting items.
Ok, now for the 60-minute paper patrol:
Take one hour out of your week to keep the “paper” under control. Keep a separate little bag or compartment in your purse for receipts and balance your budget with them during this time each week. Assemble a station for mail and your kids’ paper they bring from school. This station could be in your mud room, in your kitchen, or in the office—whatever makes the most sense for your family—it just needs to be a space that makes it easy drop your paper into in a somewhat central area of your home that you’ll want to remain organized. This will help you make a priority to clean up once a week. During this allotted hour file, shred, and organize items into memorabilia. Have fun with this task and create ideas that work well with the flow of your household and your family!
Organization is life changing, people, I have seen it! Please send any ideas or questions my way!