Staying organized is often a task that some people struggle with. Whether you’re busy because of work, taking care of children, pets or business, decluttering and organizing can seem like extra work at the end of the day.
It’s easy to let these tasks fall to the backburner, but the longer you go without taking the time and energy to properly organize, the messier life can get. This can in turn cause frustration and more work in the long run. Below are some tried and true tips to make staying organized easier, even if you lead the busiest of lifestyles.
1. Stop Procrastinating
While it’s easier said than done, maintaining a clean and organized space has a lot to do with timeliness. If you keep procrastinating on certain tasks like putting away the dishes or folding the laundry, it will just pile up until it becomes unmanageable. In order to keep on top of organization, you should commit to putting things away and doing chores in a timely manner.
For example, put items away where they belong as soon as you’re done using them. Organize, discard or recycle mail as soon as you bring it home. After all, there’s no better day than today and your future self will thank you for lightening the workload.
2. 15 Minute Clean Ups
At the end of each day, make it a priority to spend just a small amount of time cleaning your workspace, putting items away and any other chores that need to be done. This will help you start the next day afresh and without clutter and mess left behind from the day before. Not only will you feel more productive, but you’ll also feel as though cleaning up is less daunting when done in small increments.
3. Put On Music
Why not make boring, routine cleaning fun? After all, they say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself and this way, organizing and cleaning can be something you look forward to instead of dreading. Put on some music to liven the atmosphere and reward yourself after with some ice cream or a nice dessert. It doesn’t have to be big or grand, even the simplest of methods can get you hyped to do some cleaning around the house. For example, choose your favourite candle or scent from the store so that you can look forward to using it in your clean, tidy room. It’s the small things that really make a difference.
4. Make a Habit
Commitment and dedication are necessary when trying to build a habit. If you commit to doing something every day, it becomes easier over time. The same applies to cleaning and decluttering. Make an effort to do something every day and in the long run, you won’t feel it’s such a big deal.
5. Organize Day by Day
Once you decide to clean a little bit every day, you can divide tasks into days of the week and get into a simple routine this way. For example, Sunday can be laundry day while Monday can be the day you clean out your closet. Once you have a dedicated day for each task, it will be easier to stay on track and reach your goals.
6. Out With the Old
When it comes to organizing and decluttering, don’t be afraid to throw away items (or donate) when they are no longer of any use to you. While everyone is different, you should know yourself well enough to understand when a particular item or belonging isn’t right for you.
Discard such items, sell them or give them away to someone who could make use of them. Not only is it mentally refreshing to be rid of items that you no longer need and just take up space, but it will also help your space look cleaner and much less cluttered, all the while making room for the things you love.
7. Clean By Category
Another easy method to get everything in your home organized and in order is to clean by category. For example, set aside one day to clean your wardrobe, one day for your kitchen and one day for your washrooms. Keep in mind that you may need longer than a day (or shorter) for each category, depending on how cluttered/messy it is to begin with.
8. Keep What You Love
While decluttering is all about getting rid of garbage, junk and things you don’t need anymore, don’t feel bad if you are inclined to keep certain items (and sometimes for no reason at all). Always keep items you love and prioritize things that are useful to you.
You don’t need to explain to anybody why you keep what you keep, as long as you’re doing what feels right for you. If you have certain items that you want to keep but don’t have space for, self-storage is a great idea to keep what you love without sacrificing space.
9. Eyes on the Prize
Every decluttering session needs some motivation and inspiration to keep you excited and focused on the goal. Gather up some inspiration from books or the Internet on how you would like your home to look and feel after organizing. Keep these goals in mind whenever you clean and you will likely feel more inspired and inclined to clean when you have a visual end result in mind.
10. Learn to Say No
Oftentimes, your home may accumulate more junk than necessary when you invite unwanted items into your home, shop too much or keep collecting things because it’s easier than getting rid of them.
For example, you may receive gifts from relatives that end up collecting dust in a corner somewhere or out-dated clothes that you bought ages ago and intended to wear but never did. Ultimately, you need to learn to say no to these things by redirecting them elsewhere (such as self-storage) or not purchasing them in the first place.
Keeping and staying organized is no easy feat. Don’t expect all your organization goals to come together in one day (or even one weekend)! Start little by little, day by day, and you’ll get there before you know it.
If, however, you find that your home is always cluttered and filled with too many items, you may opt to rent out a storage unit for the safekeeping of excess items until you decide what to do with them. Remember that you should never feel forced to throw away or discard sentimental items. Organization and decluttering should take place at your pace when you feel ready.
To learn more about decluttering, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.