Organizing the home may be unexciting and taxing for most people but it isn’t a thankless job at all. Seeing the whole house looking all pristine and organized just warms the heart. This goes regardless if you live in a big or small home. Decluttering isn’t something that only neat freaks will appreciate!
A messy home reflects a chaotic state of mind. If your home needs a little organizing but you just can’t seem to muster the courage to get started, we’re here to help.
Motivating yourself to declutter your living space can be tough especially if 1) you’re on your own and 2) you are always busy. These decluttering tips will help you overcome issues related to cleaning and organizing your small home from top to bottom!
The Right Mindset
Pushing yourself to do all the cleaning is a drag if your mind just isn’t into it at all. That’s fine, you just need to get yourself in the zone to take that first step.
Adopting the right mindset is an effective way of making things happen. Instead of focusing on making your home look good, look at the bigger picture. Decluttering your home will save you time, money, and space. An organized home allows you to access all your essentials with ease. If a chaotic living space makes you anxious or stressed out, remind yourself how decluttering will eliminate all the distractions that you can do without.
In addition, don’t take decluttering as just another chore that you have to do. Embrace the creative thinking that goes with restoring order in the home.
Pick a Date
Before the actual cleaning, take a good look at your home and check what you want or need to organize. Then, choose a date to organize your home, perhaps during the weekend so you have the house to yourself.
If cleaning the whole house feels too overwhelming, take baby steps. Start small by focusing on one task at a time. Pick the first room to organize, take a mental note of objects that stay or go and take it from there. By making cleaning less intimidating, you are less likely to put decluttering off for the nth time.
Pick a Room
If you don’t know where to start decluttering, I highly suggest organizing the spot in the home that you spend the most time in. This way, you can see the product of your hard work right away, which will motivate you to tidy up some more. For instance, if you spend most of your time in the bedroom, work your way from your closet drawers to your vanity table.
And don’t think organizing the home means throwing every object you get your hands on! Organizing a living space is all about developing a system that makes the space work for you. It’s all about creating an efficient space where all essentials are within easy reach.
While most people prefer to crank up the music when they’re decluttering their homes, I tend to do the opposite. Personally, I get distracted when I work while music is blaring in the background. Since decluttering takes a lot of decision making, I can’t afford to be occupied.
That being said, if you prefer working while listening to your favorite tunes, by all means, get your groove on. After all, we have different ways of doing things so whatever helps make decluttering easier for you is good!
Another great tip to staying focused when organizing a small home is to work methodically. Don’t just dive right in and declutter your space willy-nilly. Work top to bottom or right to left so you’ll see the results of your hard work right away. That way, you’ll be able to see through to the end of the task.
Ask for Help
Decluttering shared spaces can be difficult when you’re working alone so why not make home cleaning a family affair? Sit the whole family down and outline the work involved in organizing the home. Then, strategize, give everyone their own tasks so organizing the home isn’t as overwhelming. For instance, leave the children’s bedroom organizing to the kids while you and your spouse focus on the bedroom and kitchen, etc.
Breaking down big tasks into smaller ones is a great way to keep everyone on track when it comes to tidying up their respective spaces. From there, start purging each room, sorting and grouping stuff as a family.
On the other hand, if you live alone and de-cluttering takes forever, enlist the help of friends. Organizing the home with friends makes decluttering more fun. Also, you’ll get twice as much done this way.
Organizing takes time and the whole process of decluttering the home can be tiring. Do yourself a favor and take mini breaks when you’re starting to feel frustrated or stressed out.
Allowing yourself to be stressed out or frustrated will only cause you to lose motivation in the middle of cleaning your house. By taking a break, you’ll feel more refreshed and motivated to see through the task till the very end. Who knows, you might think of a faster way of organizing your space while on a break!
Although you can accomplish so much in a day, don’t be too bummed out when you are unable to finish the whole process in a day. Organizing is a process, it takes time to complete it.
A job well done deserves a reward. Give yourself a mini treat as soon as you’re done decluttering your entire home because 1) you deserve it, 2) it makes you feel good and 3) it will give you the motivation you need to organize your home the second time around.
I live for personal treats because hey, it’s a form of self-care, am I right? A massage, a cuppa joe in an old haunt, or a new book is my favorite self treat, what about you?
Yes, decluttering is hard work but maintaining a pristine space on the daily is one way to make the job easier the next time you purge your home. Stop buying things that only add to the clutter especially if you live in a small home. Break bad habits to keep the order in the home. Don’t wait until your living space is starting to look like a dumpster before you do something about it.