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Taking the first step to the organization of your home and life is often the hardest part of the whole process.  We look around our homes (or calendars!) and see clutter or piles and we nearly give up before we start.  There’s so much and the process seems so daunting!


It doesn’t have to be, my friends.  The old sayings “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and “the way to eat and elephant is one bite at a time” ring true for getting on the road to organization, as well.


“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’  Luke 12:15-17

Sure, we need “stuff, but when our stuff is piled up and affecting our home or family or when it becomes more important than the relationships in our life, it’s time to do something about it.

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The First Step

The first step to decluttering doesn’t involve trash bags or cleaning supplies – not yet, at least.  The first step to home organization is to print the printable below (you’ll need a few copies depending on the size of your home) and something to write with.

WONC Condition and Calamity Form

Go ahead and print it.  I’ll wait 🙂

Ok.  The next task is to see which room(s) are Poor, Fair, Good or Excellent.  For each room, give it a rating of Poor, Fair, Good or Excellent.  Next, jot down the reasons this room is not in top shape. The rooms that have been rated Poor are the ones we are going to focus on first.

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Let’s say you have decided that the Family Room is in Poor condition and you want to work on it first.

What do you desire this room to be used for?  Think this through – more than just “a place for my family to hang out”.  What do you envision them doing in this room?  Having a place to play cards or put a puzzle together?  Watch movies? Play board games.  Think about all of the functions that this room will need to have.

Start decluttering

Supplies

The next thing you’ll need is some organization supplies – nothing crazy here, yet.  Go ahead and grab four boxes or bags and label them this way:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Trash (a bag is fine for this one)

 

“Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven not on Earth.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Taking Action Towards Organization

Start in one corner of the room or one area at a time and take out just a few items to start.  Think about each one.  Do we use it? Do we love it? Is it in good shape?  There will be some fantastic things that you find you might have forgotten about – will you use it soon? Don’t be afraid to get rid of things. If you forgot you had it, chances are you don’t need it.

If you choose to make a “sell box”, you can sell these items on eBay or a local swap shop and use the money for something to help you create the room you really want (furniture, an organizing item, new paint or curtains) – reward yourself for getting your home organized!

When you have made your way through this room (this may be done one cabinet or closet at a time), take the “donate box” and put it in the trunk of your car.   The sooner you get this out of the house, the less likely you will be to pull things out of it and put them back in the room (oh, maybe I need this after all).  Be strong!  Go to Goodwill or your local donation center and get a tax receipt.

Take that trash to the curbside and look at your minimalized room!  You’re making progress!

Only the items in the “keep pile” will go back into the room.

In future posts, we’ll tackle how to organize those coveted keep items.  Now go get yourself a latte! You deserve it! You are on the road to organization!

If you can’t wait to dive in, check out these recommended books on decluttering and getting organized that will take you from chaos to peace.

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook: Declutter and Organize your Home and Life with over 100 Checklists and Worksheets (Plus Free Full Downloads) by Cassandra Aarssen

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen and Peter Walsh

Always a work in progress,

Sue

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