An organized kitchen makes everyday life easier and efficient. It’s easy to lose perspective in the kitchen no matter what size. Here are three thoughts that you can use to have the organized kitchen perfect for you. My next blog will be kitchen themed too, as this is a pretty common area of clutter and disorganization.
Closets hold so much of our stuff! A properly set up closet can make all the difference between clutter and organized. I am sharing some tips on organizing your closet and 3 great systems to use for creating your dream closet.
Tips on Creating an Organized Closet:
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One of the comments I get is, “I bet your house is very organized.” I’d be lying if I said, “yes.” Truth be told, life gets crazy and busy at my house too. What I can say is discipline is what has made a huge impact in my quest to live organized.
What is discipline? According to Google, it is the practice of training people or an activity that provides mental or physical training.
Discipline is an action that takes practice to achieve a desired outcome. (That is my thought on discipline!)
Here are 5 disciplined actions to help you live organized:
It is not a secret that Americans have a lot of stuff. According to an article by The L.A. Times, there are 300,000 items in the average American home. Stuff can add up and take a toll. It costs us money, takes up space, and can even affect where we live. Stuff plays a role in health issues too.
What is S.T.U.F.F?
It is anything that simply takes us from freedom. In this blog, I am only referencing the material aspect. So, stuff is:
When we allow stuff to have a hold on us in a very real emotional way, we’ve lost freedom. It is difficult to freely make a good decision in and amongst the clutter. Then we become a slave to our things.
In the United States, there are over 50,000 storage facilities with new ones popping up every day. (Don’t get me...
They say, “change is good.” I would say it’s one of the most challenging aspects of life. Good changes are included in this. The funny thing is that it’s not the change that’s challenging; it’s how we adjust to the change. As an Organizer, I work with my clients as they experience change. To transition in an organized way, you need to understand the reasons change is challenging. Once you’ve done this, you can utilize strategies to work through change and this is what I’d call living an organized life. Creating order in your day is the foundation of an organized life.
Why is Change Challenging?
Here are some reasons I’ve seen in my own life as well as in the life of an organizing client:
Though I have helped hundreds of people get organized since I started this business six years ago, I still struggle to stay organized! Does that surprise you? Well, I wasn’t born organized. It's something I've had to learn! It is at this point right here where I fall down from time to time. The first time it happened, I thought I had failed at becoming organized and staying organized. My intention here is to share that I got back up and continued to live organized.
Backsliding is the term we use in the organizing biz. It entails setting up a system and for a myriad of reasons, the clutter and disorganization shows its ugly head. This is completely NORMAL!!! It can last a day or couple of weeks and can happen more than once. The best piece of advice I can give is to remain calm, give yourself grace, you’ll get back in the groove. If you do happen to get down on yourself, it will take a lot longer to get back on track.
Let’s look at some causes of...
Life is busy! Some days have you feeling as if you haven’t accomplished a single thing. The list you started the day with continues to grow throughout the day leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Whether you work in Corporate America, are in business for yourself, or run the household as a domestic engineer, productivity is important. By definition, productivity is the state of producing. How can you be a better producer? Below are ten tips I personally use in my life as well in the lives of my organizing clients.
If there is anything I love doing, it’s saving money at the grocery store. Grocery costs
are up 12% since last year according to healthline.com This means the $500 you used
to pay for groceries is now $560! Yikes!! One other “fun” fact from the USDA website is
that as of January 2023, the cost of groceries for a family of four ranged from $1,025 (
Thrifty plan) to $1,675 (Liberal food plan). So how can we save a little money on
Shop the sales. This allows you to create a meal based on what’s on sale and what you
may have at home. Did you know that most items go on sale every 6-8 weeks, so get in
the rhythm to buy enough when it is on sale to last you 6-8 weeks.(Word to the wise,
sale is when the item is 30-50% off regular price ). Buy what you actually eat and don’t
buy it because it is on sale.
Create a meal plan. This is key because the grocery list is created from the ingredients
you need to make these meals. Having this as your foundation, makes...
These are my starting five questions that I ask my clients when we being a declutter/organizing session. This has to be done before any organizing can occur. I have learned so much from my organizing clients based on their answers. This better allows me to create systems that are customized for them. Hoping you will find this process therapeutic and constructive in your own organizing journey.
Would I buy this again?
There are things we like but don’t love. We buy them because they may seem like a good idea in theory but in function they really aren’t. This is really an honest question to assess what you have in your home. It works for everything!
When is the last time I used it?
Just because it has been a year since you last used something does not mean it has to be donated or sold. I am able to use the answer to this question as a way to store items. For example, the platter that is used for Thanksgiving dinner does not need to go away, it can be stored...
Problem Solving Strategies in Organizing
In order to get the organizing space completed, you may encounter an obstacle or two along the way. I want to equip you with strategies that I personally use in my own projects and in working with clients. I have been there enough times to write this blog as an expert!! Oh my, things I wished I knew when I started my organizing journey. Happy to share them with you!