Adapt to your space, rather than changing the habit

When living with your family (especially those with small children) I have found that it is best to adapt to the space rather than “training” your family to use an area in a way that they are not presently doing so.  A classic example is the front hall of your home.

Our family gets together in northern Michigan for a week or two in August every summer.  The Grandkids all kick off their flip-flops the minute they walk in the door. Now, we could implement a strategy to have them take their shoes to their rooms but that isn’t likely to work. Our solution was to put a big, attractive basket by the door so they can kick their “flippies” into it. Everything is contained.

This could also work for gloves & mittens in the winter or umbrellas in the spring. You could have a small piece of furniture with drawers for mittens and then for spring, purchase an umbrella stand or container so that the umbrellas have a place to be stored near the door.

Small adaptations such as these will make a big difference in how you use an area of your home. It should also hopefully cut down on some of the inevitable arguments that go along with stuff being left in an area where it doesn’t belong.

Do you have an area of your house that could use an adaptation makeover or am I the only one?!

Rome wasn’t built in a Day

I don’t want to be a downer but I’ll tell you the truth… it took you awhile to get disorganized so I’m afraid it’s going to take you awhile to get it back in shape. Don’t let that stop you though, if you do something small every day (clean out one drawer at a time) before you know it you will not only be more organized but you’ll be organized in the best way possible… by making new habits!

You’ve heard me talk about “weekend warrior organizers” who are the kind that go to The Container Store buy everything in sight and then bring it home only to realize that you are overwhelmed by the project and give up before they even started. Instead, take a little bit at a time and you will be so much better off in the long run, trust me.

When we ran our very first Organizing Boot Camp the first assignment was to clean out your junk drawer. I still get comments on how our enlistees still feel awesome each time they open that drawer (wherever it is) because it’s organized and they can find things easily.

So, the moral of the story is: just do a little at a time and keep up with me for more ideas and inspiration!

Decluttering 101

When you are de-cluttering and picking up many objects that are taking up a lot of space in your world ask yourself a few questions in order to figure out whether or not it is something you still need (or want):

  1. Do you need this item anymore?
  2. Do you love this particular item?
  3. Does this item make you feel better (or worse)?
  4. Does this object reflect who you are now or is it something you might be striving for?

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t keep anything in order to “punish” yourself (jeans that are 2 sizes too small, the sofa table that you hated the minute it was delivered, etc.). Life is too short & you should be surrounded by items that make you happy.

See what you can do today to make your space more comfortable and a true reflection of YOU!

Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear from you…