As the spring season approaches and people begin to anticipate warm weather days, they also begin to think about spring cleaning. In addition to throwing the windows open after a long winter, switching out heavy quilts for lighter bedding, and sprucing up landscaping, spring is a great time to revamp your home organization system from the pantry to your home office. Follow these tips and tricks to get your home organized from top to bottom.
Set S.M.A.R.T Goals. Home organization doesn’t happen overnight. Perhaps you have heard of the concept of S.M.A.R.T goals. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound are much more likely to be accomplished than unrealistic goals. For example, if you need to clean out your home office, your S.M.A.R.T goal could be: “I will file or discard all documents in my home office by April 1st.”
Visibility and Accessibility. Save valuable time and space by identifying which items you use the most and store them in a place where they can be quickly reached. For example, if you have a go-to group of spices that you use for cooking, consider moving them from your crowded spice rack to an attractive container on the countertop. To provide another example, if you hardly ever use your KitchenAid mixer, store it in your pantry rather than on the countertop to save food-prep space.
Eliminate Clutter. Especially if you are considering selling your home this spring, it’s important to reduce clutter and items that are no longer useful to you. Some people swear by the KonMari method, a system of home organization created by organizing consultant Marie Kondo that involves getting rid of items that do not bring joy into your life. Another good rule of thumb is the “two-year” rule – if it hasn’t been touched in two years, it’s time to donate or discard it.
Utilize Wall Space. Vertical space is underutilized in many homes. Use your wall space to hang filing systems and open shelving, and take advantage of corner spaces with specially designed bookcases. Try it out in a child’s room, living spaces, or a home office.
Tackle One Space at a Time. Organization can feel overwhelming, so minimize your stress by organizing just one area of your home at a time. After you successfully revamp one space completely, you’ll feel more motivated to start another than if you have several organization projects going at once.
We wish you the best of luck in your home organization projects and we hope you enjoy the process! If you’re thinking of selling your home this spring, learn more tips and tricks to get your home ready for the market from our team of knowledgeable real estate agents.
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