We’ve said it before—you don’t have to be a professional organizer to be good at putting things in their place. All you need is a basic understanding of the process, a healthy dose of inner honesty, and a host of strategies, tools, tips, and tricks to help you figure out how to best organize your space. Still not convinced that you can do as we do? Ask yourself these questions:
- Is there a tiny piece of my brain that feels calmer when things have a “place”?
- Is there something in my mind that flicks on when I see something really organized?
- Do I believe organizing my belongings will make my life easier?
If you said yes to any of those questions, then you have what it takes to tackle any project in this book. Whether you’ll be good at it is irrelevant—we’re going to help you get good at it. What’s most important is that you want to do it.
hat follow. So even though we know you’re raring to go, take a minute to appreciate the most common ways organization can benefit you and your family, and keep them in the back of your mind as you choose which space to tackle first.
- 1.It’s a time-saver. Pretty simple math here—if you know where something’s stored, it’s quicker to find and easier to put away.
- 2.It’s a money-saver. Aside from the initial investment in infrastructure (drawer dividers, bins, baskets, hooks, etc.), being able to actually see your things means not overbuying toilet paper/cereal/T-shirts/packing tape because you can’t find what you have or you didn’t know you already had it. And allotting a specific amount of space to certain items means you won’t buy more until there’s room for more.
- 3.It’s a sanity-saver. As moms and wives ourselves, we’re often the household gatekeepers—but each home has its own go-to person who knows where everything lives. Whether it’s snacks, toothpaste, or hair ties, it’s helpful when everything has a place, and those places are easily accessible. Then everyone can learn where things live, how to help themselves, and, best of all, how to put things away. This is one of the reasons we love organizing playroom spaces. It not only looks great and encourages creativity, but it also provides a visual system for kids so they can help with the cleanup.
- 4.It provides closure. It’s no secret that we assign emotional significance to our belongings, and that attachment is very powerful. The best way to feel a sense of release or closure is by appropriately handling the things that are weighing you down (whether or not you realize that they are). Maybe closure comes from donating baby clothes when you know in your heart you’re not going to have another one, or even packing up jeans that you want to be able to fit in one day. We do not take these projects lightly since they require us to tread delicately. People often resist taking these projects on themselves because of the inherent emotional land mines that exist; one of our clients, for example, put off organizing her photo collection because she had recently lost her mother. No one wants to deal with those feelings, but we also know that by working the steps and clearing the space (physically and emotionally), you will find healthy and satisfying relief.
- 5.It’s calming. One of the things we love most about having organized homes, and one of the things we often hear from our clients, is how calm they feel when everything’s put away. When you’re in a space where clutter is minimized and systems prevail, you feel more grounded, like you can take a breath. There aren’t black-hole cabinets or closets clients, for example, put off organizing her photo collection because she had recently lost her mother. No one wants to deal with those feelings, but we also know that by working the steps and clearing the space (physically and emotionally), you will find healthy and satisfying relief.
tugging at the back of your mind. Everything feels settled. Most of our clients tell us that after we’ve made over their spaces, they feel less stress. If all that stands between you and tranquillity is a paint pen and some acrylic bins, we’re happy to oblige!