I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects. I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating. I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I'm talking about.
One of my bigger struggles as a professional organizer is how to translate my routines and processes into sharable tips and advice. So much of how I live my life in terms of my daily routines have become so automated that it can be hard for me to realize its efficiency until I step back and look at it.
January is GO Month, as in "Get Organized". Every year the goal of getting organized makes it's way onto the top of resolution lists, so it makes sense that GO Month is the first month of the year. But as the novelty and enthusiasm of everyone's New Year's resolutions slowly begin to fade I wanted to share some simple habits that you can introduce now, that will help you to stay organized all year long.
While snow, mistletoe and all things holly and jolly may put a smile on other people's faces, it triggers a twinge of anxiety
Declutter. Even if you think that you only have what you absolutely need in the space, do it again. Try to minimize the excess... When you have a small space it is especially important to save room for only what you really need, really love and really use.
Our homes should be for the pieces that we really love or really need. Why have things if not to enjoy them. And on that note, if you're holding onto things that don't' "spark joy" (as Marie Kondo would say), then maybe it is time to just let it go.
While organizing a space isn't rocket science, it's not always intuitive either. There are so many things beyond our control that can contribute to a lack of organization. Both major and minor life events can cause our plans to shift and our routines to go out of whack. School ending, a change in jobs, the birth of a new baby, adding a family pet, the death of a loved one. It's not always easy to adapt to these changes without feeling overwhelmed.
Lets face it. Moving sucks. What person in their right mind enjoys spending hours upon hours of carefully packing up all of their belongings only to undo the whole thing a few hours later in a totally new and unfamiliar environment?
My garage is a perfect example of the benefits of labeling. I organized the shelving units so that it would fit all our excess
As a nursing mom to a ravenous newborn I am constantly hungry, so I spent many frustrating hours searching through the fridge looking for food. One day I just couldn't take it anymore and I pulled EVERYTHING out. There are few things more satisfying to me than emptying a space thoroughly cleaning it out and putting everything back in an organized way.