1. Your home is not a Pinterest board—neither is mine!
When people hear I’m a professional organizer they assume my house is picture perfect. Thank G-d, at the end of the day my house looks lived in (not like a museum, more like kids like to party hardy!)
However, my cleaning is cut down by 40% due to effective organizational systems I set up in my home, so much so that even my 2 year old knows where (almost) everything goes!
Having a “picture perfect” system is not always maintainable or realistic.
Yes, some spaces look Pinterest worthy, however, my goal is to create ways to maximize your space and set up simple and manageable systems that work with the way you naturally function, not against it.
2. Bins don’t get you organized, your behavior does.
If getting organized was as simple as putting things in containers—then wouldn’t we all be organized?
Getting organized is making conscious decisions with the things you own.
First, you have to identify which items you actually use, love, or serve a purpose. Purge what you don’t use.
Then, you can figure out a way to store the items you have left, like using bins if necessary.
You wouldn’t think getting in shape is as easy as buying a pair of work-out clothes, would you?
For most of us, getting in shape means commitment, exercise, fewer cookies (ok, maybe start after the weekend!) Similarly, with organizing, it’s not just buying bins rather, it is your awareness and behaviors!
3. The “One Minute Rule.”
The “One Minute Rule,” that literally changed my life!
The premise of the “One Minute Rule,” is if something takes one minute or less to do, don’t procrastinate, do it now. Personally, it took a lot of discipline to be consistent with this rule, however, the payoff is incredible!
Here are some ways to apply the “One Minute Rule:”
Hang your coat up when you walk in, if it takes one minute or less.
Sift through your mail, if it takes one minute or less.
Put back the item you are holding or just picked off the floor, if it takes one minute or less.
Wash the dishes if it takes one minute or less.
Clean your car out if it takes you one minute or less.
After some time, it becomes “second nature,” so if you haven’t started on this one, I challenge you to give it a try!
Until Next Time,
Adina here, and organizing is one of my deep rooted passions. As a wife and mother I know how difficult it can be to stay on top of your organizing game.