One Day, One Room
Just thinking about organizing your entire home can be exhausting. It can feel like an impossible task. The easiest way to combat this is to break the work down into smaller chunks. Instead of thinking about how daunting organizing your entire home can be, think about one room at a time.
If you only have to focus on this one room you can spend the entire day, which will usually give you enough time to get it done. You may not need much time to organize. It all depends on the size of the room and what needs to be done.
Here are some steps to help you along the way:
Step 1. Start by getting rid of everything that doesn’t belong in that room. Put shoes in the bedroom or closet; throw out any trash; move games or toys to their proper place. Also look for items that you do not use. You can donate, sell, or recycle them. Put them aside in a box or bin to deal with when you’re finished with the room.
Step 2. Evaluate the room for clutter. Are things accumulating? Do you need storage in certain areas for those things? If it is stuff that you are going to keep, think about what items you could get (bins, shelves, baskets, etc.) to keep the clutter organized. Make a list, and once you’re done with the room go shopping and have some fun!
Step 3. Next, you need to deep clean the room. Dust, polish, vacuum or Swiffer the floor, and wash any pillows or throws if you have them. If you need to have your floors polished or your carpets cleaned, schedule that for as soon as possible before you continue. Organizing and decorating can seem like a much easier job when the room is clean.
Step 4. Organize and /or declutter what is left. Is your bookshelf overflowing with books or knick-knacks? Is your coffee table buried under magazines? Go through everything, and rearrange, organize, or throw things out as needed.
Step 5. You may find that you wish to change the overall style or decor of the room once you get in there and start working. This is totally ok. Choose a new paint color or new art for the walls. Change lampshades. Get new pillows or furniture covers. Even doing one or two of those things can make the space feel fresh and new, and it won’t cost you a lot of money.