I removed the empty dvd cases that were housing this small corner, and replaced it with a small container for bradley’s play stuff. He looks thrilled about it.
Before I move on to bigger and better things to blog about, I really want to let everyone in on a little secret I discovered during my crazy organizing binge: the trick to getting your house more organized is to start without a perfectionist mind-set. I think that’s why I procrastinated so much with organizing the home to begin with. I didn’t think I wanted to spend a whole lot of money doing so (turns out I didn’t spend anything), wasnt sure how I was going to approach it, and I didn’t want to mess up, and really, who has the time?
So I put it off. Don’t worry about doing it perfect, it won’t be, and that’s okay. Mine isn’t, but I’ve still been reaping the benefits. Don’t let perfectionism delay you, just do it, just like Nike said.
I love how efficient my morning routine has become with a more organized bathroom; my make-up and hair stuff is close by, and easy to take out and store away. Cleaning has been cut down in half (at least), and I truly believe it acted as a little face-lift to our home. I love decorating, and think it can do wonders, but never underestimate the power of a little home organizing for making a home more beautiful. Plus, its less emotionally and mentally draining to be living and working in a home “where everything has a place and its in its place.”
I never meant to do this challenge to prove that I’m Martha Stewart on steroids, I did it for all of these benefits, so ultimately I would spend less time looking for lost items, cleaning, and more time with the people I love, and enjoying life. Most of the things I followed were common-sense no brainer things, but its funny how we sometimes miss it. For example, keeping only medicine stuff in the medicine drawer has reduced cleaning, and clutter on my bathroom counters. Really obvious, but I used to always stuff my everyday items in there only to leave some nice finger smudges in the dust…constantly…
One of my friends asked me a good question: so how do you plan to maintain the organized home?
Well, here are my answers:
Now that everything has a home or place ( more or less), my job is to make sure those items get put back after use (another no brainer). I’m going to try to make a quick walk through the home near the end of each night and put the dog toys back in its bin, the baby’s toys back in their home, and my books back where they belong.
Both monthly and weekly I plan to declutter the cluttered prone hot spots. For our home, that’s the mail organizer, and any place we store magazines (side table, and bathrooms). I really want to be cut throat about not keeping magazines any longer than a month. That’s what it comes down to, let go of the junk. As one friend recently told me, keeping a bunch of magazines for one little recipe that you still havent gone back to after 2 months, isn’t worth keeping around and taking up precious space. For the mail, I’ve been going through it immediately, and recycling all junk immediately…no delaying, no storing on the dining table.
I plan to clean about 15-20 minutes a day. Now that the house is deculttered, a quick dusting and vacuuming is all that’s needed to make it look nice (which I should only need to do every other day). Each day, I’ll hit one room for 10-15 min, and everyday I’ll hit the high traffic areas like the front entrance and family room with a quick sweep and vacuum. Easy piecey, 20 minute tops.
Once a week, friday is cleaning day for me, I’ll be doing my usual more detailed cleaning session over the whole house starting with the more troubled areas, or neglected areas (*coughs* bathrooms). I’ll set the oven clock for an hour.
Now if I want to be very gun-ho, and I’m not sure if I do (just being honest), I hear organizing one room a month is the way to prevent clutter and maintain organization . Using the same process I detailed in my 10 day challenge posts: REMOVE everything, CLEAN everything, ORGANIZE and sort, keeping only necessary items. Spreading it out like this might be less overwhelming, particularly if you’re tackling this by yourself like I did (which I would not recommend). It really is meant to be a family thing, but being in a military family doesn’t always preclude other members being around, but that’s okay, I love a great challenge!
- Keeping it Beautiful, not just useful
As for beautifying my home, because let’s face it, not everything in my home is beautiful to me, I can now start my list of purposeful items I want for the home (a bench for the front door to store coats, purse, keys, mail; prettier containers for my dogs food, and cookies; a dresser for the dining room). As per usual, I want to pursue this on a dime. Perhaps these will be future blogging posts, perhaps not, but either way, I’m excited to give some diying a try, and start pegging some used furniture. I love what I read the other day from founder of apartmenttherapy said, “every room needs something old…” Well, I think I can follow that one, and maybe even on a dime!
What do you do to maintain an organized home?