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Today were talking about getting and staying organized.
I have a two bedroom two bathroom apartment where just myself and my two cats reside. I am constantly busy so staying organized can be hard but over the past year that I have been living in this space and have finally started making it my own, I have found it easier to get motivated to keep it clean!
Now before we can stay organized, we need to get organized!
This is probably the hardest part… getting up and doing it.
A lot of people will tell you to go buy tons of expensive containers and storage things that you don’t necessarily need. I know, we all want a Pinterest-esque kitchen but can you honestly say those fun but expensive organizers are going to magically keep everything organized?
Im not saying you cant go and buy all the organizers in the world, lets just start small and make sure we aren’t wasting money first.
Tip 1: Create a game plan, if you don’t have a game plan or a system in place to get through the clutter, then you wont know where to start and thats when you’ll get overwhelmed. Start with one small section, only focus on that section until you get it done. If you’re running around organizing your kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom, you’re going to get burnt out. Start with a corner of the living room that always gets messy, once thats organized, move onto another area in that room. The areas can be super small and should only take you 5-15 minutes.
Tip 2: Only keep what you’ve used in the past 6 months, chances are, if you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, you don’t need it. If its something of personal significance or you absolutely cannot part with it, then its your responsibility to put it in a place where it will be of use or appreciation, not in clutter.
Tip 3: Separate things based on need, if its “out-going” things like shoes, keys, commonly used jackets, etc. keep those in one area, preferably close to the door where it would make sense to find those items if missing.
Once you’re organized the struggle becomes keeping it that way, you can clean and organize all you want but without a system in place, it wont last, and you’ll be coming back to this article in a month.
Tip 4: Now that you’ve gotten organized and everything is in its place, be strict, the items should only be where they are needed and then returned. If you can do this then you eliminate the need to waste time cleaning up more than you need to.
Tip 5: Two words…Cleaning routine, this is one I struggle with because when I am home I don’t want to spend my time cleaning, but we have to, its part of being an adult. Write down your schedule, everything that you know you have to do throughout the week and schedule in where you will be able to take time to tidy up. Once it is in your calendar, we consider this a “hard stop” meaning you don’t schedule anything (unless necessary) during the time you blocked out. This will ensure that there are no distractions or excuses and you wont get inundated with clutter all of the sudden.
Make sure to listen/watch the video portion for some personal experiences I have had with struggling to stay organized and how I started figuring it out!
If you have any tips and tricks for getting and staying organized or if theres anything you’d like me to talk about on Tea Time shoot me an email or DM me on Instagram!