Get Your House in Order with These Top Tips

Who says you need to wait for spring in order to have a good clean out? New year, time to get yourself organized! One of our resolutions this year is to get organized and stay that way. It can be tricky between a busy schedule, changing seasons and decor… you name it. That’s why we’re doing our best is to find simple tips and tricks that will be easy to stick with and follow throughout the year. Here are some of our favorites:

Image Source: Marie Kondo

Image Source: Marie Kondo

Tidying Up

Have you heard of Marie Kondo? She’s the queen of tidying up and wrote an amazing book which has now turned into a Netflix show! We recapped some of her tips last spring, but one of the biggest pieces to her theory is that everything needs to bring you joy. We highly recommend checking out the book and the new Netflix show, too!

Clothes

There are lots of ways to stay organized with your clothes. If you’re struggling to make the decisions needed to cut down your closet, we totally get it. That’s why we love this simple trick: turn all the hangers in your closet so that they are facing with the hook facing outwards. When you wear something, hang it back up with the hook facing inwards. After a little while, you’ll clearly see what you do and do not wear in your closet and it’ll be easier to make donations.

Another great way to stay organized in the clothing department is to lay out all of your outfits at the start of the week. This avoids any last minute rushes or digging through drawers trying to find that top you’re looking for. If everything is laid out ahead of time, you won’t have to stress about finding anything or making a mess in the mornings.

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Image Source: River and Ink

Lists

We LOVE lists. We have lists for everything. Whether you’re someone who wants to utilize an app on your phone or good old fashion pen and paper, we can’t recommend keeping lists more. They’re such a simple way to keep yourself organized. Between to-do lists, shopping lists, etc. you’re really able to keep things straight. We love meal planning and having everything written down at the start of the week. This also gives you a chance to write out exactly what you need from the grocery store so you don’t end up with unneeded items or forgetting something. See? A list for everything. Plus, a huge bonus: it feels great to check things off as you complete them! Grab some cute notepads and get to town.

Budgets

Being organized runs into your financials, too. It’s the start of the year, so there’s no better time than the present to start a budget! Regardless of what your goals are or what your financial situation is, we’re big fans of having a budget and sticking to it. This helps you stay organized and know where all of your money is going in addition to saving up or working towards other big goals. If you need some help getting started, we recommend The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. If you’re not a reader or just need some help setting up a budget and holding yourself accountable, we love apps like Mint and EveryDollar where you can actually hook up all of your accounts to see where your money is going, track it, and set your budget right there. Mint will send you alerts when you’re going over budget, spending more than usual, or even have a bill coming up.

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Image Source: The Home Edit

Storage

While those big, clunky opaque bins may be a tempting option to stuff a bunch of stuff into for another day, that really won’t help you stay organized long term. Be thoughtful with your storage solutions. Under the bed organizers, cubes, shoe racks, etc. Opt for clear containers so you can see what’s stored inside to avoid tearing through bins to try and find what you’re looking for. If you already have opaque bins you want to reuse, put detailed labels on each one to avoid the same issue.

Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning with These Easy to Follow Tips

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Image Source: Stylizimo

Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re the kind of person that lets clothes pile up on a chair and you lose sight of everything. But once you do it, you feel great - everything has its own place, you might have donated a bag or two of clothes, and things are tidied up and organized. Flash forward to a week later, though, and it’s pretty likely that your clothes are once again in a heap on your desk chair. Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up might just be the spring cleaning answer you didn’t even know you were looking for!

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Image Source: Brit + Co

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant who developed a method of tidying up called KonMari. She goes into depth about following this method properly in her book, and we mean in depth - she even believes that all of your clothes and possessions are alive and should be treated as such (for example: don’t ball up your socks, because they’ve been working hard enough all day as it is). But her advice is some that many of us need to hear, especially if you’re sick of that dreaded pile of clothes! Set aside a day and follow this general run-down of some of our fave KonMari tips to get rid of the clutter in your life and home once and for all.

Organize by category, not by room.

Kondo really hammers this point home because it’s one of the greatest contributors to never-ending clutter. If you tidy up by room, you aren’t looking at the big picture; how can you sort through the clothes you have if half of them are in the laundry room or bathroom hamper? Instead, she suggests focusing on a single category at a time.

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Image Source: Dear Lillie Blog

Start with clothes, head onto books, then papers, then miscellaneous items like food, skincare, makeup, and accessories. Most importantly, end your day of organizing with momentos. You want to practice the decision making on whether or not to keep an item with the easily replaceable stuff first. Don’t start off looking at old photographs and reading old letters, because you’ll get sucked into the nostalgia and lose focus!

Does the item “spark joy?”

Kondo’s main suggestion is to go through every item you own, physically pick it up and hold it, and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” If the answer isn’t an immediate yes, toss is in the donation bin - it has no place in your closet!

Don’t hold onto things that carry sad or hurtful memories, like a shirt that reminds you of an ex. And if you have something just to have it, get rid of it! There’s no need to hold onto old papers or receipts unless they’re absolutely going to be necessary down the line. Minimizing all the clutter around you will minimize the stress in your life, so don’t be afraid to say goodbye to something that no longer has its place.

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Image Source: Pop Sugar

Be mindful of how you store the items you’re keeping!

Aim to keep everything in one, horizontal level. Don’t stack things, because that’s just asking for a mess! You’ll have to move things around and shuffle items to other places just to grab the moisturizer you have underneath a pile of makeup. Instead, spread whatever you do choose to keep out in a way that’s easily accessible and reduces clutter.

Folding is key.

You may not agree with Kondo that your leggings and t-shirts are alive - pairing socks is just so efficient - but it is important to respect the items that you’re keeping. Folding t-shirts so that they can all be arranged in shoe boxes in dresser drawers without stacking them on top of one another is ideal. Your clothes will be wrinkle free and you won’t have to disrupt a pile to grab one shirt! Reserve your hanging closet space for the more exciting pieces in your wardrobe, like colorful dresses, to spark even more joy.

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Image Source: Pop Sugar

When you finish the process and inevitably end up with a dozen trash bags of things to donate or sell, check out some of these options!

  1. GoodWill
  2. Local Shelters
  3. DressForSuccess.org
  4. ThredUP
  5. Any local drop-off bin!