When it comes to home organization, it can be hard to know where to start.
We have a lot of stuff and not enough time.
We want fast results and we want the end result to be pretty.
How about a little DDR?
This is the most important aspect of what I do.
I advertise “creating functional space where everything has a place” and I desire to find the right spot for all of your belongings, but it is important to know that organization that looks good and feels good comes more often when there is less stuff in the way.
To properly downsize, a good chunk of time is needed. When downsizing, there are a few steps:
1. Pick a space.
2. Have three boxes and a trash bag handy, label the boxes: Donate, Sell, Relocate
3. Go through every item in the space: pick it up, hold it, and decide if you want to donate, sell, relocate, or trash the item.
4. Do this with each space in your home you wish to work on.
While this may seem more like organizing, it is much easier to downsize while categorizing than having to go back through each item at a later time.
Application: We have a lot going on. We have kids to feed, appointments to make, phone calls to take, and not enough time in the day. Take a moment to note the most important tasks for the week: “make this appointment”, “call this person”, and schedule “To Do” for each day to spread out your work load.
Now that we have more room to work, it’s time to figure out trouble spots in the home.
One of the easiest ways to determine if an area in your home is a trouble spot is to notice any space that may be visible after downsizing.
You can also walk around your house with a pen and paper to make notes about places you notice that have no defining purpose. A defining purpose can be described as an area that has one function.
Q: Does this area have a defining purpose?
Yes: Like items are in this area, each item has a designated home
No: Random items are placed together, I put items here when I don’t know what to do with them
If you determine that the area DOES NOT have a defining purpose, make a note and work in this area after your home tour using the mini DDR method. (i.e. go through each item and decide what to do with it right then and there, keep like items in this space and find homes for the other items)
Application: Whether its the random assortment of things in your car console or apps you never use, take a few minutes to consciously get rid of some clutter in your life.
Redesign is my favorite aspect of the Mine Space process.
It is one thing to move an item to a different part of the house, but we don’t often go through our spaces in depth.
Redesigning a space is simply allowing the space to be created organically and figuring out its function. The function of the space may not make itself known until this phase.
The relocation box is attended to at this time until all items are gone through and each one is either donated or given a new home.
We need to know there will be space for the item, and since we have already determined we want to keep it, we know we aren’t just adding more clutter to the house.
Application: Maybe there’s a workout routine you’d like to start or maybe you’d like to make more meals at home. Whatever your weekly subgoals may be, take note of them this week and watch your productivity soar.
If you have any questions or concerns about your space, please leave a comment below or email me directly.
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