There is an easier way to work on your home organization, and that’s by starting with the end in mind. Getting organized at home needn’t be difficult, by getting a clear picture of the end result, and working on your home organization, as you would a jig saw puzzle.
Get the room organized on paper first
Focus on the job through the eyes of yourself, as you imagine you will be feeling, once the job is complete. Walk into the first room, that you want to get organized, with a pad and pen. Make a quick sketch of the way you would like the layout of the room to be.
You can’t organize clutter
Imagine that there is no clutter, only your furniture, and it’s placed here and there. Keep in mind the largest piece of furniture is best positioned on the largest area of wall. Don’t worry if you don’t love your lounge or your book case, we will work on re-decorating later on. For now, I just want you to picture the room entirely free of clutter, cleaned, and your furniture re-arranged, see your room organized. Always keep in mind, you can’t organize clutter. If you don’t love something, throw it or give it away.
Update: 4th May 2012: This post has been updated due to needing to fix a problem Google was having in crawling the page. While updating, I have updated some keywords and some headings, to fit in with my SEO plugin.
The middle part to the job, is you De-cluttering the room. Grab 3 boxes and place a large garbage bag in one.
Keep, Give and Throw are the names of the boxes. Now we need a pad and pen to make a note of what you want to keep stored in this room. You don’t need to do this right now. If you can get up to the 3 boxes for now, you’ve made a start.
If your ready to keep organizing the room, good for you. In the note pad, list all the items that you will need to store in this room. Again start with the end in mind and imagine what the scene of this room will look like when it’s finished and the room is organized. You might be working on getting the family room organized and picturing your TV and stand in this corner, with the couch and chairs facing, a coffee table, some side tables, lamps, computer desk with some storage, and a book case.
You can do some room organizing and furniture arranging with a number of virtual programs on-line.
[notice]Psychotherapists claim that once the clutter is cleared, and their homes are organized, their patients begin to work on other area’s of their lives, that are needing improvement.[/notice]
Cindy Glovinsky, MSW, a psychotherapist and professional organizer, tells WebMD, “As people clean up and organize their homes, their energy seems to rise. Once clutter is cleaned up, and their homes are organized, some people begin to work on other issues.” One of her clients, a professor, unhappy with her job, got a better position once the clutter was under control and her home had been organized. Another, so overweight, that she was housebound, joined an on-line self-help group once the clutter was cleared away and her home had been organized.”
There you have it. You pictured how you wanted the room organized. You made notes about:
- What needed to be taken out of the room
- What needed to be in the room
- Where in the room you wanted it to be placed
Next, you physically did the hard yards and got the room organized.
- You de-cluttered the room by sorting all the items into three boxes : give, keep, and throw away.
- You re-arranged the room and organized your possessions in a way that you loved
- The rest of the room you have organized in the most functional way, by placing items that are most used in the most accessible area’s and the lessor used items in the harder to reach areas.
Blog Challenge Day 19
For those of you who are new to RHB we are currently doing a blogging challenge called “Blogging While Angels Sleep” 90 Posts in 90 Days. The idea is to post a blog article everyday for 90 days. Along with the 90 articles, I am posting an exercise for the blog challenge, just like the one you see here today. The 90 days will give us more that enough time to put up a tutorial for each area of blog design, which is important. We are also focusing on blog promotion and building links. Social Media Marketing, Analytics and Blog writing. You are welcome to join us. Start where we are now and work at the other tasks, after the 90 day mark.
Update an Old Post
For today’s challenge, find a post that hasn’t had any searchers, or clicks through Google Search, and update the post and re-publish it. You’ll need to update the keywords, put a update sign on your post with the date, and add some extra content to the post. This gives your article a better chance of gaining some clicks for in the future.
Great Job. Hasn’t getting organized, well at least on paper made you feel so much better. Remember you can’ t organize clutter and home organization is easier if you start with the end in mind. If you enjoyed this post, please share it with your social media friends. Please follow me on twitter and I’ll follow you back.
As always thanks for reading,
By Sharon Thoms