Tips For Getting Started On Starting To Organize

Tips For Getting Started On Starting To Organize

You’ve told yourself so many times that you need to get started on starting to organize. But it doesn’t seem to happen. Have you ever wondered why your commitment is there but the results aren’t? Most people make the mistake of looking for a big block of time to get started and never find that time block. Or, they find a big chunk of time only to find that life chips away at it.

Moving Beyond The Insanity of Household Chaos


We’ve all heard Einstein’s definition of insanity–doing the same over and over and expecting different results. By now, your household jumble of schedules and stuff is probably making you feel a bit insane. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have 6 great tips to help you get started on starting to organize. And we can even tell you WHY they work.

Young Einstein defines insanity of chaotic household

Tip #1 – Make Your Bed Each Morning

It takes less than 2 minutes to make a bed (3 minutes if you put all the fancy pillows back on) but it gives you one spot in the room that is unjumbled. It looks good and sets a peaceful tone every time you walk into the bedroom. Pro tip: Use your clutter-free bed to de-clutter your bedroom. Place a towel on the bed and dump the contents of one dresser drawer periodically to purge what you no longer want or need. Relocate items that don’t belong in the drawer.

Brushing hair to feel good to get ready to organize

Tip #2 – Get Dressed And Do Your Hair Each Day

If you don’t work outside the home, it can become easy to relax what you wear and how you deal with your hair. There’s nothing wrong with staying in sweats and your comfy slippers every now and then, but if it has become a habit, break it. Freshen up with a morning shower, put on clean, well-fitting clothes, and take a couple minutes to style your hair. The way you feel on the outside affects how you feel on the inside. Feeling good helps build your desire to take on organizing.

Tip #3 – Clean As You Go

Each time you pass through a room, pick up one item that doesn’t belong there and take it to the room you’re heading toward or a nearby room. We don’t often count how many times we pass through a room, but we go through some such as the kitchen, family room, and bedroom quite a few times each day. It’s not hard to move one thing at a time and it really makes a dent in the clutter.

Tip # 4 – Clean Your Kitchen At The End Of Each Day

The value of doing this is apparent the next morning. Starting the day by walking into a messy, grimy kitchen is demoralizing. It doesn’t inspire you to get started on starting to organize. But if you spend 20-30 minutes every evening cleaning up the kitchen (no dirty dishes, no food out, no sticky counters), it feels amazing to start with a clean slate each morning.

Man washing dishes to clean kitchen each night

Tip #5 – Pick Up All The Toys At The End Of Each Day

You’ll get the same lift the next morning that you do when you clean the kitchen each evening. It’s a losing battle to keep the toys picked up all day long but it’s not hard to end the day with having the kids put their toys away so that you start with a clean slate the next morning. If your kids are too young to put away all their toys in a reasonably quick manner, have them spend 5-15 minutes on the task, depending on their ages. You can make a quick pass through after they go to bed and pick up the rest. Pro tip: if the combined pick-up time for kids and parents exceeds 20-30 minutes, this is an indicator that you need to do some toy purging.

notepad and pen to keep to-do notes to get organized

Tip #6 – Keep A Notepad In The Kitchen

Write down 2 or 3 things at the end of each day that you’re going to do the next morning. Most of us take a while to get going in the morning so thinking about what needs to be done can be hard. But, most of us end the day with a list of things we didn’t get done before heading off to bed, so pick 2 or 3 of the most urgent or important tasks and write them down. Don’t write down your entire to-do list–just 2 or 3 ideas that inspire you to get started in the morning.

Start Implementing These Tips Today

You can do it! Will they make everything in your home and life perfectly organized? Nope. But they will change household patterns and mindsets. Those changes will affect the look and feel of your home. You’ll definitely make progress by implementing some or all of these tips but if you get stuck, need more ideas, or maybe even just accountability, give Unjumbled a call. One of the things we do best is helping people make small changes that yield big results in their homes and lives.

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