My Tips for Staying Organized

This is a huge passion of mine! Ever since I was in middle school I remember being so picky about my room and keeping everything organized. As I got older it got worse. I write, ‘worse’ because it got to a point where I needed everything exactly where it was. If someone moved something I would definitely let that person know. I would clean and organize my room about two to three times a day. In the morning I would make sure to make my bed and tidy up, then when I got home from school I would clean up the rest of my room, and again before bed. I even cleaned and organized my friend’s room, multiple times, for free!!

Summer is now here and even though this is something you typically read during spring (spring cleaning) I thought I would write about it now. Since summer just started we start to rummage through our bikini and summer clothes bins. The large towels and beach supplies come out. This extra ‘clutter’ always has me biting my nails. So, I thought it would be perfect to share some tips to keep all our homes feeling clean, cool and fresh for the summer season.

Tip #1 

Store away all seasonal items. Since it is summer now, if you haven’t done so store away all your winter and fall clothes. This makes more room in your closet and drawers. In doing so, this helps you clear away anything you don’t want or no longer wear. Which leads to tip number two. 

Tip #2

Get rid of things you no longer use or need.

When deciding whether you should save an item or donate it ask yourself, “will I buy this item now in the condition it is in?” If your answer is no, then toss it or if it is still in an okay condition then donate it. There is no point in keeping things we won’t use or wear. 

Tip #3

Every 3-6 months I do a sweep. This is very natural to me, it might seem excessive to you, but I naturally get the urge. It’s like clock work for me. Once that 3 month period comes around I already start itching to clear away some clutter and make more space. If 3 months is too often for you, then do it every 4 or 6 months. Doing this helps us get through our phases faster. I used to constantly buy things that were trending and it cost me money and lots of space. If you go through your things every few months then you can really question whether you still want certain pieces around. My thinking is if I haven’t used something in 3 months, what makes me think that I will use it in the next 2. 

Tip #4

Buy less stuff! This one is a tough one. If you are anything like me, we looooove to spend! The thing about buying is that we are creatures of habit. We are naturally drawn to the things we like. You ever notice why we seem to head towards that certain clothing section or aisles. That is because we know our preferences are there. We then tend to buy many similar items over time. If  you where to look in my closet I have many, many, many black items. So, a way to combat this is to pause and really think about buying more. If you already have something similar to it, then there really isn’t a need for it. Plus, this helps us keep more of our money. Maybe use it for a nice vacation or a fun weekend. 

Tip #5

Put things back from where you got it. It will keep you home clean and clutter free. At first this might seem as a hassle but before you know it, it will be a great habit to have. This will also show others in your family to put these back as soon as they are done with it. 

This helps save you time. You won’t spend so much time cleaning up a messy home. As a side note, buy cute bins or containers that fit your home’s style. They can be a cute addition to your home and also keep your place clutter free.

Tip #6

Make your bed every morning. The bed is the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom and keeping it neat and tidy automatically changes the appearance of the room. It only take less than 5 minutes to make. 

Tip #7

Everyday, devote 10-15 minutes to organize your home. This will help keep your home looking clean and clutter free longer. Plus when we get caught up in a busy and long day, it is nice to have things put away and organized, you are free to make a new mess and don’t have to worry about things getting in the way. The good thing about this is that you can do it at any time. In the morning before work, in the evening before bed or even during a lunch break. 

Tip #8

Take advantage of height! Use those walls in your home. It is such a big help to have shelves up or even tall bookshelves. This helps keep things off the ground and adds a certain style to your home. You are able to add whatever you like on them and personalize your home. Plus, this really helps keep things decluttered and accident free if you have kids and pets. They also just look really pretty. 

Some of you might be thinking, why does it matter, it can’t really be that important to clean and organize. It just seems like too much. I know this comes easily to some than others, but it is so important to do this. For me, organizing and decluttering is such a huge stress reliever. I feel like I can breath and truly relax. I’m one of those people who can’t just sit and do nothing for longer than 10 minutes, so cleaning up helps me reduce any anxiety. Plus, this helps me feel accomplished and ready to tackle more. 

Organizing really helps to clear your mind and make room for more important things. I mean both mentally and in your home. When you are clear minded you are able to focus more on the things you love and on the things that need to get done. When I really get in the zone, I realize that my creativity spikes and my thinking juices really get going. As a plus your home looks fresh and inviting. 

Ultimately, having a clean, fresh and organized home gives you more time and flexibility. You will find you have more time for other things rather than just constantly picking up or looking for certain things. Once everything has its original place, you won’t have to waste time looking for stuff– you will know right where to go. 

At the end of the day, you feel relaxed and at ease. You end up loving your home and the space you are in. This is great for your entire well being. 

Whenever you feel stressed or anxious try cleaning up and organizing some things around the house, you will be surprised at how well it helps.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about starting another business by helping people declutter their lives and organize their homes. What do you think? Would you let me organize your home??

Let me know in the comments!!!! 

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Until next time, 

Evelyn.

New Year, New Me?

New year resolutions are tricky. We set these giant goals and stick with them for the first couple of weeks. We believe that we are capable and use that motivation to stick to our goals– that is, until we are faced with the first obstacle that seems too much to handle. This hesitation is what slows our motivation. In my journal I wrote down some “Goal Setting Notes.” I wanted to make sure that my goals were realistic and reachable in the 12 month span. Now, I am going to share with you what stood out to me enough to take into consideration while making my goals.

Numero Uno! Be VERY, VERY, VERY SPECIFIC. Being vague is not enough to make a goal a reality. If you are not specific enough, your “goal” is just a wish. A tip for specificity is to break down your goal. How does your goal look on the monthly, weekly and daily basis? I just started doing this and I cannot tell you how helpful it is. We become focused on losing those 10 pounds, saving $3000 or reading more, and so on, that if we were to just focus on what we need to do today then you will see such big differences in 1 month, 3 months and for the rest of the year. For example if you have the goal to read 1 new book a month and it has thirty chapters. In order to not feel like you can’t accomplish this goal, break it down, all you need to do it read 1 chapter a day to complete the book. This is a very simple example, but apply the idea to whatever goal you have. This can make an overwhelming goal doable and completely possible.      

Numero Dos! Set, see, and live. This means to set your goals down on paper, not in your phone and not just in your head. There is something about writing that connects your hand to your brain. You are sending yourself a personal message. Seeing your goals written out is like making a vision board. Personally, I used to think vision boards were just a waste of time. I learned that the reason I felt this way is because I never connected any real emotion to those pictures. They weren’t realities in my brain or heart, so they were just wishful thinking. Don’t underestimate the power of a vision board, start to see what you want as your future.   

Don Lok said, “Where your energy goes, your attention goes, energy flows and results show.” Eric Ramos said, “People spend time, money, and energy on what they find important.” These two phrases prove that if we really want something we need to make sure we are completely focused. Where we spend our time and money produces our reality. So, if we want a different reality we need to shift our focus. Lastly, live it! You need to see yourself live the life you are striving for before you actually reach your goals. Go test drive that car, go visit that house you want. Go and actually feel the things you desire. Drill it into your head that it will soon be yours.

Numero Tres! Share your goals. The people you tell will hold you accountable. How? Every time you see them you will remind yourself what you shared with them. Let the world hold you accountable.

Listen to your gut about what you really want. Admit to yourself when you want something way bigger, and let those daily, weekly, and monthly actions get you closer to your accomplishment.

In the end, you’re challenging your reality to catch up!

Until Next Time,

Love, Evelyn.