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5 Simple Steps to Organize Your House When You Are Uncertain Where to Begin

Updated: Jul 3

5 Easy Steps to Organize your Home

Are you ready to transform your cluttered house into an organized haven? If you feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start, fear not! As a certified organizing specialist, I'm here to guide you through the process. In this blog post, I'll share my proven steps to help you tackle any space and turn it into a well-organized paradise.

Step 1: Pull everything out!!!

man pulling a book off of a shelf.

Although it may seem like a daunting task, the first step is to remove everything from the space you want to organize. Trust me, this will make the entire process easier in the long run. Decluttering and organizing always begin with a blank canvas.

Step 2: Eliminate the Trash

child picking up litter in the grass.

Now that you have everything out, it's time to get rid of the obvious clutter. Dispose of broken items, empty containers, expired products, and anything else that's no longer usable. Don't worry about sorting into categories at this stage; focus on decluttering the obvious things that need to be thrown away.

Step 3: Sort into Three Large Categories

young child donating their toys.

With the trash removed, it's time to sort the remaining items into three main categories:

  1. Keep: This category is for items you plan to keep in the space you're organizing. It will likely have the largest number of items, so allocate enough room for them.

  2. Does Not Belong Here: Place items that belong in another space within your home in this category. Once you're finished sorting, take the time to return these items to their appropriate rooms.

  3. Donations: These are items that no longer serve you but could be useful to someone else. Consider tying the act of donating items to specific people in your life who may benefit from them. For example, old craft supplies could go to a teacher friend or outgrown toys and clothes could be given to a sister who recently had a baby.

Step 4: Sort Your Things into Broad Categories

Cans of veggies stacked.

Now that you've removed items that don't belong or serve you, it's time to sort the items in the "Keep" category. Group similar items together and consider whether there are other items in your home that could also fit into these categories. It's important to gather all relevant items before organizing a space to avoid finding more things later.

Step 5: Time to Put Your Things Back

A well-organized bedroom closet

Before you start putting things away, create a well-thought-out plan for your items. Determine how much space you want to allocate to each category within the organized space. If you find that you don't have enough room, it's time to edit each category. I challenge you to remove three items from each category at a time until you can fit everything back into the space in a way that satisfies you.

Bonus Tip: A Painless Solution for Letting Go If you struggle to part with items out of fear that you might regret it, try this painless solution. Place the items you're unsure about in a sealed box labeled with the current date. Store the box in a different location, such as the garage or basement. Set a reminder to revisit the box in six months. If you haven't needed any of the items during that time, donate them. This stress-free method allows you to test whether you truly need those items.

Congratulations on embarking on your journey to organize your house! By following these steps, you'll regain control over your space and create a harmonious environment. I hope this guide serves as a valuable resource throughout your organizing process. Good luck and enjoy your newly organized home!

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