The Key to a Happy Home (and Happy You!) in 2016- Week 4

Organization Maintenance-Sadie Road

Here we are in the final week of creating a home that makes you happy. Today we’re talking about the crucial step of maintaining an organized home. I’ll be honest, this is the trickiest part-- at least at the beginning. But I'm telling you from personal experience, if you’re diligent about the routine, maintaining your organized & styled home will become second nature in no time.

Before I get to the tips, ask your yourself each of the questions below:

  • Does everything have a home? After you’ve purged your heart out and got rid of all those things you no longer need or want in your life, did you find a home for the keepers?
  • When you go to get something, can you visibly see it and access it easily? Especially the things that you frequently use.
  • Do you love the way your newly refreshed space looks and feels?

Hopefully you've answered yes to all three questions and you and your family are feeling amazing in your newly refreshed space. Remember this feeling and make it a priority to establish a routine that will allow you to feel this way on a regular basis. I challenge you to try the steps outlined below for the next month. You’ll be shocked by how you start to do them out of habit!

  1.  Every day, take the extra 20-60 seconds to put things in their home. We’re talking a few minutes total each day, and it truly is the secret to keeping the clutter down. Do a quick sort of the mail, stash your hair dryer and make-up, or hang your coat. You know the little things that pile up quickly in your home—stay on top of them and you will notice a huge shift in your daily mood.
  2.  At the end of each day, take 5-10 minutes and do a clean sweep to put things away. Some things really aren’t convenient to put away right after they’re used so taking a few minutes at the end of each day will leave you feeling good before bed and allow you to wake up to a clean, tidy house. Again, notice your mood when you wake up to a neat home!
  3.  At the end of each week, take 30-60 minutes to de-clutter and start fresh for the week (i.e. go through mail that requires follow-up, put clothes away according to your organized system, plan meals for the week, update your planner with your weekly to-do’s, etc.). Your overall stress level will be noticeably different when you go to start a new week, I guarantee it. 

If you're like me, a little accountability goes a long way. So, consider trying these 3 steps with a buddy (or tell them you’re doing this in your home for the next month), then mark your calendar and even set a timer to keep you on-task when you go to organize. , Remember to check in with yourself every couple weeks to see if the systems you’ve implemented are working for you and your family. Is the mail finding it’s way to it’s designated home or is it still on your counter each day? Are your clothes and shoes visible and accessible or are they buries in mounds on the floor? Keep in mind that doing things one way will work for one person but not the next, and you can always adjust the organizing systems to fit your needs as you go.

And most importantly, don't forget that the goal here is to feel at peace when you’re home. I want you to stop wasting your time looking for things and to make your home an oasis where you and your family feel comfortable and happy every day. It’s unrealistic to think your home will look perfect and be spotless all the time.  I don’t think perfection is obtainable, but a happy, organized home surely is.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on maintaining order in your home. Is this something you struggle with? Have you adapted habits that work well for you? Please share in the comments below!