Having an organized home is such a happy thought. Who doesn’t love walking in the front door, taking a deep breath, and thinking wow, my home is organized and I know where everything is. Funny right? For most of us this is certainly not the case. Day to day life gets in the way and organization tends to fall to the back burner. A personal organizer isn’t faced with an easy task when tackling their client’s homes. They create a personalized solution that works for each individual and family to help create an easier, not to mention more organized day to day life. Sometimes all you need is that second set of hands and eyes to help create the beautifully organized home you’ve been in visioning in your mind. These five tips are a foolproof way to get the kick start on the organization that your home deserves. Need more advice for your interior? Check out our post on how to decorate your small space!
So, you’ve made the decision to bring some better organization to your life! Good for you! Now the question becomes “Where do I start?” We’ve collaborated with Decorilla designer and personal organizer, Corrin McCoy, who is also owner of one of the NEAT Method teams, on how to take charge and start getting your home organized. Here’s our round up of the top 5 personal organizer tips!
1. Organize then buy
“Organize first, then buy product. It’s important to buy product intentionally – for a specific purpose. And product really makes a huge difference. I think my biggest tip here is when you think you’re buying too much, you’re not – as long as every bin, divider, and label has a purpose. Product is necessary to sustain the system put in place.”
Organization doesn’t have to be boring! Incorporating bins is a great way to bring in depth and dimension to a furniture piece. It keeps all the contents under the bathroom vanity organized and tidy looking, or keep your console table looking chic as ever while still having everything you need easily accessible.
2. Start in a small area
“If you’re unorganized across the board, start with one small area – maybe a linen closet or your pantry. Pull every single item out (Every. Single. Thing.). This creates a blank canvas for you and then start with putting things you use most often just below eye level, heavy items closer to the bottom and items used not as much up high.”
The before and after clearly shows the difference that labels, bins and containers help make this pantry go from cluttered and messy to clean and organized!
Even this simple solution of color coding books in a library helps give this colorful office space a much more clean and put together than if the books were randomly placed on the shelves!
“I see it everyday in my clients’ homes. People are keeping too much “stuff.” Get yourself into the mindset of cleansing, employ a friend (or a NEAT girl) that will hold you accountable, and remember that most things are replaceable. Also look into Swedish Death Cleaning!”
A decluttered home is a happy home, as some like to say. Ask yourself, what does this mean to me? Is it adding value and meaning to my life? Do I need it? If the answer is no, then get rid of it!
“Label, Label, Label – this is the last step and it often gets left off. Labeling your bins and drawers makes sure that anybody that uses your space knows where to put things back, but it also helps you, when life gets crazy, to remember what was on that shelf or what was in that canister.”
Need to grab some ingredients out for a recipe? Sure, no problem!
“This is typically where people get hung up and then those items they decided to donate slowly make their way back in the closet. Givebackbox.com allows you to use any box (think Amazon!), fill it with the things you no longer need, attach a prepaid label you print from their website, schedule a pickup with USPS and then you are done.”
Organization can be overwhelming especially if you try to tackle everything at one time. Go room by room and incorporate everyday tips and tricks that will help keep your home much more organized than it was before. Is all this talk about organizing getting you inspired to refresh your home design? Schedule a FREE interior design consultation with one of Decorilla’s top interior designers today to help create the perfect well organized interior.
Written by Decorilla online interior designer, Brittany S.