Welcome to one of the crucial parts of Organise My House – where I share the method that helps me (and has helped loads of my clients over the years) to organise and sort each and every part of home and life.
It’s REALLY simple to follow, and REALLY effective – whether you’re tackling something big or small – it always works.
Not only that, but it always ensures it works for the long term and isn’t just a quick fix.
WHAT IS THE A.D.O.R.E Method?
The A.D.O.R.E method boils down to 5 areas that can be easily remembered by using the acronym A.D.O.R.E.
The word A.D.O.R.E. stands for:-
Declutter and Clean
When you’re tackling a project / organising anything, be it a drawer or your entire life, this is the unique process that, if followed, will ensure that you end up with exactly what you want AND need.
I have formulated this method from all my research and reading into getting organised, and have distilled the best bits into this unique acronym.
Each step is just as valuable and necessary as the others and shouldn’t be missed, (however time stretched you are), and having the acronym spelling a word will really help you to remember it in your daily life, and never miss anything again.
So – without further ado – lets get started and introduce each part of the method in turn: –
Planning out what you need to do before you start will reap its rewards – both in time and energy.
Missing out this key section is how most people find that any attempts at organising fail – they will get organised for the short term, but it never lasts because they haven’t thought it all through in terms of exactly whats needed.
Its being proactive rather than reactive.
Fail to plan – plan to fail
I find asking as many questions as possible makes sure that you get a good understanding of what’s required and how to achieve it before you actually start spending and money or wasting any time.
The 6 question words WHO, WHY, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW always come into play – and thinking of each one in turn can really focus your mind.
Ask yourself some the following questions for each area you want to get organised ( we will tackle specific question for each area talked about in various posts on this site, these are very generalised just so you get the idea):-
- WHO – Who will use the space, who needs to access it, (its worth doing this with all family members who are going to use the space as they need to agree and be willing to change how they do things once the changes have been made)
- WHY – Why do I need this space to get organised, why is the space an issue at the moment?
- WHAT – What works in the room, What doesn’t work in the room, What items are essential, What tasks do I use the room for – and are all items there, What has caused the disorganisation, What goals do I want for this space? (Set a list of specific items you want to organise – in a bedroom this could be clothes, accessories, makeup and toiletries etc…, in an office it could be goals such as being able to access all client information quickly so that when they call you can get that information to hand and therefore be more professional.)
- WHERE – Where is the best place for this project/these items/this room etc….
- WHEN – When will the space be used, When did the space work for you (if it ever did)
- HOW – How will the space be used – Is there an easier way to do things?
The next step is for you to work out what you want to keep and what is simply clutter in your life now.
This will have been made more obvious by the ASSESSing section previously.
THE GENERAL DECLUTTERING PROCESS
As with organising, the key to decluttering is to not procrastinate – it will take you forever if you keep going back to items that you can’t make your mind up about – therefore the main thing to remember is to ONLY TOUCH THINGS ONCE.
If you don’t you will only be moving the clutter to another part of the space, and you will have the same problem all over again and achieve nothing after spending all the time sorting – this will leave you very disillusioned with the process.
Here’s a link to my full decluttering process if you want to know more.
NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO HAVE A CLEAN…
Cleaning has to come after decluttering in my opinion, as what’s the point of cleaning things that you may end up not keeping?
That’s wasted energy and effort.
So always finish your decluttering with a clean – It will take less time, and is a great way to finish the decluttering process as everything will be ready to use!
Now you should be left with only those items that you really want or need – and they should be clean and tidy – along with a pretty clear plan of what you want to achieve from the organising process – a very strong position to be in, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Please note that each different area of the home will need different storage items, and you will need to consider different things when sorting them out – each area is talked about in detail throughout this site, but there are some parts of organisation that is generalised, and will work in most areas – so I have listed them here.
The organise part of this process is crucial to making a space that truly works for you and the rest of your family – and as such I have broken it down into 4 easy to follow steps – Like With Like, Assign a Home, Store and Tag. You can find out more in my detailed post on the steps HERE.
The main goal of the organising stage is to create areas within your home/life that work for you and your family – enabling you to live your lives more easily.
It’s really that simple!
At the end of this stage, you will have created the systems and spaces that work for you, and should be starting to involve them in your day to day life. Which brings me nicely on to…….
This relates to living with the organised space or area for a while – no matter how many people recommend a way that works for them, it will only be when you start using an organised space or method that you will discover how it actually works for you.
Even if you have thought hard about what you think will work for you, you may be surprised at the results!
This stage is simply taking a step back, and using your newly organised system/space.
Using it as you have designed it, and sticking with it for a time.
Only then can you make a judgement on whether it works for you.
I always advise living with the new way of doing things for at least a month as this is how long it will take for it to feel like a natural habit – if you decide you don’t like something immediately it may well just be a reaction to change rather than a reaction to the organisation method used.
Once you have lived with the systems for a month, you can then go to the last stage:-
This is where you can look at the systems you have put in place and decide what is working, what needs tweaking, and what needs a complete rethink (hopefully not much will fit into the last category!)
It’s so important not to think of organising as a one time deal – it is a way of life that’s ongoing, and although you won’t have to do the large task of organising your entire home again you may want to change the way things are done as you change your families or homes needs.
People and their needs change year on year, so you must be open to evaluating these systems on a yearly basis (yearly is what I recommend, but also after any major life change such as moving house, having a baby, living with someone new etc…).
You will be able to see some or all of the following benefits to your home life once you have got this far:-
- You will gain more time
- You will save money
- You won’t be as stressed
- You will be able to find things more quickly and efficiently
- Your family will know where to be and when
- You will always have something to wear
- You will be on top of the cleaning and housework
- You will be working towards your goals
- You will have more time for yourself and others
Pat yourself on the back for coming this far!
You will stay in the Evaluating stage for the long haul now – as I firmly believe that being organised is an ongoing lifestyle change and not a quick win.
If you constantly assess what is and isn’t working, then you will be more happy and content with the results.
This site will refer back to the ADORE method regularly and you will see how well it can work for any aspect of organising.
Also – once the space has been organised in a way that works for you, you will be able to see what potential a space has for enhancing.
This is usually the time that you may decide to change the design of a room- as suddenly you have become really proud of your home and want people to see how fantastic it is! – of course, this is purely a byproduct of the organising system, but if overlooked, you may not feel that you have achieved as much as you have – some people need to see very visual changes to believe that they have done it, and some want to reward themselves for a job well done!
Make the most of this, and ensure that your home is the best it can be for you!
Let me know how you get on!