Organizing is something I’ve been doing since I could remember. I was always going through things, throwing things away, and giving old items away. I love for everything to have a place and not have so much clutter.
For every new item I buy, I’m really good at taking away one or two other things that I don’t need. Teaching my children that too!
When it comes to my home, I love to keep it as organized as possible by labeling and maintaining items in bins. When it comes to clothes and closet organization, every six months, I’m going through things.
Here are my top tips for keeping an organized home and how I maintain them throughout the year.
KNOWING WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE
The hardest part for a lot of people is knowing when to get rid of that dress you wore in high school or when you’ll never use that frying pan sitting in the back of your cabinet.
I, too, have had a hard time parting ways with items. In my case, they were baby clothes. I could not seem to give them away, so I decided to hold on to them, and luckily my sister had a daughter, and I was able to giveaway my eldest daughter’s clothes.
KEEPING A FEW SENTIMENTAL ITEMS
Little did I know, I’d have another little one, but I’m so glad I kept a few pieces from when my eldest was a little one because the toddler is now wearing those same items.
TIP: Keep the items/clothes that you cannot part with and send all the others to family/friends.
Once I actually moved those bins into the garage, I felt a release, and I was totally okay!
PULL EVERYTHING OUT AND EVALUATE
For closets and cabinets, pull everything out. Check expiration dates and try things on. By doing this, you’ll see everything you have, and you’ll be able to start piles of items you want to Keep, Store, and give away or throw away.
This is important. By creating piles, you get to see how much you have, the stuff you aren’t using, and things that won’t need to stay in your home anymore. It’s hard. Take this slow, and every few months, try to remove more items until you get through everything.
TIP: Use hanging racks or bins. If you aren’t sure you want to keep an item, move it to the “store” pile. Could you take a picture of it? If so, tape it to the front of the bin or create a photo book so you can refer back to it.
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR STUFF
This is probably overkilling it, but if you want to be super-efficient and organized (I’m talking extreme here…) Take polaroids of your outfits. I used to do this when I had disposable cameras.
This way, you remember what outfits you put together, and you’ll have an idea book of staple pieces you’ll need or want to reminded of what you have.
Again, that’s very extreme, but it makes me happy, so I do it.
TIP: Keep a folder on your phone strictly for outfit pics. You don’t even have to develop on photo paper or print the pictures. Snap a quick picture and now, you can. Remember what new pair of shoes go with all the outfits you currently have.
RE-VISIT EVERY 3-6 MONTHS
For my daughters, this is a must. I feel like they outgrow their clothes so fast, so I always take note of the items they have, so when it’s time, I already know what I need to buy or save for the toddler. (If they’re in good condition)
I do this with my medicine cabinets and makeup products too. That expires. The last thing I need to an eyeliner ready to give me an eye infection.
I always give cosmetics away. I do get giftings and PR from brands, so I’ll usually test and give the stuff that didn’t work for me to my sisters and mom. If I have extras, I’ll save them for my community give-aways or send them to people who could benefit from them.
Medication is something I’m always on top of. I have lists of the products, and next to them is the expiration.
I also don’t buy a lot of medication besides vitamins, so unless we need it, I don’t have it except for the emergency kits. My husband is in the medical field; we always check and review medicine consistently.
These stay locked up and away from the girls. From the kitchen to the bathroom and laundry. They are always up and elsewhere, and my girls know they aren’t allowed to touch or use cleaning supplies.
I keep these in metal bins on high selves, but I also label them, so I know which container I need. We buy a lot of bulk items, so keep those organized is essential too. We have shelves and bins dedicated to those items and keep them stored, so when we need them, we have access to them.
For feminine supplies. I keep a container with products, so whenever I need them, I grab the bin and use them. I like using clear contains for those so I can see what I need If it’s time to re-buy.
Those are my tips for organization and how I maintain my home. I find cleaning and organizing therapeutic, so whenever I have more suggestions, I’ll be sure to share it in the Home Life Section of this site.
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