Download this free home organization guide, and learn how to tackle the job without the overwhelm.
Pick a random day and time and ask me: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? and my answer will be: ‘Organizing my house’.
You see, I have my father’s patience. I can spend hours -and by hours I really mean days- trying to figure out the best possible way to do something and make it work for me and for everyone around me. So, it is no surprise that I decided to write a blog about home organization and balancing life.
But, organizing your home can be an overwhelming task, especially if -like me- you are the kind of person with a strong attachment to objects and possessions that bring memories. Well, I have come to a point in my life where I need to start letting go and try to become minimalist.
After wracking my brain trying to think how to start organizing my entire home effectively without being overwhelmed and frustrated halfway through the process; I realized that stripping a room or a closet without a plan on where and how to relocate the items, the ‘organizing’ was going to be yet another. total. failure.
That is when I decided to put things on paper first. So, I made a draft and I came up with this map and free printable.
Here is a handy step by step guide of things you will need to jot down before you tackle home organization:
1. Identify Categories
Visit every room in your home and scan (don’t move things around yet!) each storage area such as closets, cabinets, dressers, bookcases, etc. Write a list of the items you see and sort them into categories. This is the list of categories I came up with. Use it as a guide, feel free to add or remove categories to your own list.
- Clothing and shoes: daily use, seasonal, special occasions, costumes.
- Linens: sheets, bedding, pillows, towels, beach towels, etc.
- Toiletries: shower and bath essentials, toilet paper, wipes, hair dryer, flat iron, mani-pedi items.
- Toys: big and small, power wheels, etc.
- Entertainment: Music CD’s, DVD’s, Blue Ray Discs, video games.
- Books: novels, reference, kids.
- Home Decor: ever-changing knick knacks, candles, silk flowers, vases, picture frames, seasonal items, etc.
- Memorabilia: photo albums, scrapbooks, school projects, collectibles.
- Mail: daily mail, magazines, bills, letters, cards, etc.
- Home office: bills, school records, medical records, etc.
- School: backpack, folders, books, lunchbox
- Sports: soccer gear, swimming gear
- Laundry: ironing board, iron, detergents, dryer sheets.
- Utilities: paper towels, light bulbs, bags, vacuums, broom, mop, buckets, etc.
- Gardening: seeds, tools, flower food packets, gloves, planters, etc.
2. List Your Rooms and Their Storage Systems
Sometimes we forget how much storage we have until we come down to the nitty and gritty of organization. It is then when we realize that we do have space, it just has probably been underused, packed with things that we don’t need or, they simply do not belong in there.Short on space? Think again. It is probably underused or packed with things that you don't need. Click To Tweet
Thus, it is important to identify all the existing storage systems in each room in order to give each one of them their ideal use.
For example, I always thought my son’s bedroom was small and that I had little storage. I did a quick scan and realized that:
- The closet was packed with bins with train tracks, while his toy box had way too many stuffed animals that he does not play with.
- The hanging rod of the closet had very few clothes hanging, while the dresser drawers were bursting at the seams.
My fault, for not decluttering more often and thinking that his size 5 tees take up the same space as his baby onesies did in the past. Wrong. I was not using the space properly.
Our personal objects and life in general, are in constant change. Therefore, every so often we must re-think and rearrange in order to accommodate our current needs.
3. Make a Wish List
So far you have:
- sorted your items in categories, and
- identified the existing storage systems in each room
But, what if you find out that there is a category that you can’t accommodate in any of your existing storage? Time to make a wish list. Better yet, create a Pinterest board!
I am not saying ‘fill your home with clutter again’. As long as you have the space for it and you use it effectively, you can wish all you want.
It is the small, uncategorized and unused things in a home that make clutter. The furnishings and storage systems such as bookcases and cupboards are the tools that help you categorize and organize items in order to make them easily accessible and therefore, useful.It is the small, uncategorized and unused things in a home that make clutter. Click To Tweet
In my wish list: a bookcase in the family room. I could store – in sight – all of my favorite books instead of having them taking up space in my dressing room where I definitely don’t sit down to read.
Organizing your entire home this way first is pretending that you are moving in again, and you are deciding where to place your belongings that have been previously sorted and stored in boxes. Except for the fact that you don’t need to pack. That’s a bonus!
I was relieved knowing that I had a plan. I felt like half of my job was already done, my mind was at ease and my ideas were clear. So, that same night I decided to take my guide to the next level and created this pretty and practical printable for you to jot down your notes too.
With this blog, I want to document and share organization tips and DIY projects that will help build your real ‘home, sweet home’. Start off with this printable where you can record all of your organization ideas.
Go ahead and download here your free printable and put your organization hat on. Let’s organize our way to a happy state of mind!