Along the journey of getting more organised, you will find that you learn lessons that will help you in the future. These lessons are what I like to call the “truths of organising”.
Once you understand these truths, the whole process of organising becomes so much easier, and you will be less stressed as a result.
So today I wanted to share the 10 truths that I have learnt through my own life, in the hope that they will help you with your expectations of getting organised – and also help you get organised to the level you want, just a little bit faster as a result!
ORGANISING TRUTH #1 – IT CONTINUALLY EVOLVES AND NEVER FINISHES
We grow up, change our living arrangements, start families, change our jobs etc… – and the needs we have for our homes and lives have to change to keep up.
If we stick with the same old routines and organising systems that we set up years ago, they may well start to not be as effective, as they were made for a different stage of our life – and so we need to be continually evolving and reviewing what’s working and what isn’t.
Have a sit down regularly and work out whether anything needs tweaking – you’ll thank yourself for making the changes when you spot them!
ORGANISING TRUTH #2 – IT GETS EASIER THE MORE YOU DO IT
As with anything in life, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Things you do will become habit, and you won’t even have to think about them any longer.
I find this is especially true when it comes to decluttering – the first go through your home can be so hard because it’s the first time you have tackled it. But – if you schedule a declutter on a regular basis after this, then each time will become less and less hard because there will be less that you need to declutter – makes sense, right!
ORGANISING TRUTH #3 – EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE – AT HOME & IN LIFE!
If you don’t start your organising by assessing what goes where in your home, and in life – then you can’t ever get fully organised, because there will always be questions about where things go, and things will start to get pretty messy pretty soon.
Your home will start to have piles collecting, as people don’t know where they go, and your diary will start to double book because your schedule hasn’t been looked at properly.
If you can give everything a place (labels work really well!), then everyone will know where to put things, and where to find things – and everything will run so much more smoothly.
ORGANISING TRUTH #4 – LIKE WITH LIKE MAKES THINGS SIMPLE
Do you know how many of each item you own you have?
How about pairs of jeans?, shampoo bottles?, scissors?
If they are kept all over the house, then you may find that you end up buying more than you need, and storing more than you need because you don’t know what you have.
If you start collecting everything together that’s the same – and storing them together – then you can easily see what you have, what you use, and what you need when you need to stock up again.
ORGANISING TRUTH #5 – MAINTENANCE IS KEY
Once you’ve got organised to the level you want, you have to keep up with the schedules, routines and habits you have created – otherwise things will go back to how they were before and you will undo all your hard work.
It’s like a food diet – you may have done really well for the weeks/months you were following the diet, but once you reached your goal weight and started to eat as before, you may well put the weight back on. You have to change your diet for life to maintain your weight – and tweaking how you eat makes all the difference.
Things that I love to incorporate into my maintenance are: –
10 min rule – have the whole family go round the house tidying and putting things away where they should go each night – a re-set is the perfect way to stop things getting out of hand
blitz clean – I like to deep clean a room a week on top of my usual quick cleaning as then I know that I am getting to every area of the house thoroughly in a pretty good amount of time, so nothing is building up too much.
and the other big one is to simply stick to the routines and schedules you have created – they should have been created in such a way that they are specific to you and the time you have available – so no excuses!
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