If you’re like most of my clients, you want to live your true purpose and create a happy and fulfilling life.

And, if you’re like many of my new clients, you may be surprised that one of your first questions you find yourself asking on your journey to self-discovery is how to get organized at home.While getting organized at home may seem like a mundane activity, you will come to realize that organizing your home is an incredibly important step in creating peace of mind and the life you desire.

Once upon a time, someone asked the famous sculptor, Michelangelo, how we carved his masterpiece, David.  He answered, “I did not carve David.  I took away that which was not of David.”

And so it is with us.  Each time you take away that which is not of you, you create space to be who you truly are.  When you organize your home to surround yourself with simple reminders of what is most important to you, you keep your highest good at the forefront of your mind.

A cluttered environment activates the brain’s flight or fight response, and therefore, a scattered home creates a scattered mind.  There is wisdom in the old phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” When things are put away,  the mind has the space to be calm and effective.

Imagine living in a space that reflects the life you most want to live! You’ll breathe easier and enjoy your home that much more.

If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of an organized home, here are six steps you can take:

  1.  Envision your ideal living space.

When getting organized at home, start with your final vision in mind.  Imagine the life you want to live, and imagine how you can organize your home (yes, the one you have now!) to reflect and support this vision.  Take time with each family member to talk about what they would like the home to look like.  Identify the most important elements for each of you, and then brainstorm solutions that meet each of your desires.  Investing this time and energy before organizing your home will help ensure that each family member feels happy and invested in keeping your home organized.

  1.  Map out your home to reflect your goals.

After you get a good sense of what’s most important to each person, the next step towards getting organized at home is to make your plan super specific.  Take the following steps:

  • Create a map of your home on paper.
  • Notice what is working and not working.  What are your natural preferences?  Where do piles of clutter seem to accumulate?
  • Map out functions for each room in your house.
  • Finally, define zones within each room for your activities.  Designate space for all the activities that are important to you, making sure to include spaces for work, play, self-care, and rest.
  1.  Get to work!

Once you have devoted the necessary energy to planning, it is time to get to work organizing.  To make your task easier, organize one room at a time, starting with what’s most visible or most important to you.  Set aside a specific time in your schedule to organize each room, with about a day to a day and a half for each cluttered room.  Keep in mind that if you only organize some areas, the disorganized areas will eventually spill over into the organized spaces. While it may take a couple of weeks or even months, make sure to de-clutter and organize your entire home.

  1.  Purge!

  • Sort through every item in every room.
  • Ask yourself, “Do we use this?  Do we love this?  Will this help us further our goals?”  Do not keep anything that is not actively loved or used by at least one member of your family.
  • Keep only what serves your real life, not a fantasy of what your life was or what it could be.
  • Get rid of anything that no one has used for at least twelve months, preferably six months.
  • Throw out anything that feels you “should” use or think you might use someday but won’t.
  • If an item has sentimental value, take a picture or preserve the memory in some other way that honors the memory but does not allow the item to continue taking up space.
  • Devote at least fifteen minutes each day to de-cluttering.  Set the timer for ten minutes, grab medium-sized garbage bags, and clear out anything you haven’t used in six months to a year.  Bring the bag to the garbage, recycling, or your car trunk to take to the local second-hand store.
  • Remember that although it can be hard to let go of stuff, it can be even harder to not have space to live the life you desire and to struggle with a scattered mind.
  1.  Assign a home to each item.

Give each item a single, consistent home in your house.  Make sure that your storage space is simple, convenient, and attractive, and that items are stored as close as possible to where they are used.  Know that while initially, this may seem like a pretty rigid way of organizing your home, the truth is that in order to know where anything is, it has to have a place.  This initial investment in getting organized at home will pay off in both time and energy in a big way.  My grandmother was right when she called for “a place for everything, and everything in its place!”

  1.  Make organizing your home a part of your daily life.

Set aside fifteen minutes or so each day to keep your home organized.  Remember: If it’s trash, throw it out.  If it’s dirty, wash it.  If you open it, close it.  If you take it out, put it away.  Make sure that there continues to be a place for everything, and put everything back in its place.

By investing in these simple steps to getting organized at home, you will be surprised by the mental clarity and energy you gain.

Are you ready to create the life you desire? Getting organized at home is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re looking to take the next steps, sign up for a free Discovery Session today.

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