Most moms constantly feel guilty because they think their home isn’t as neat and tidy as it should be, and that they’ll never get on top of the pile of paperwork, toys, laundry, and dishes that seem to add up endlessly. However, if you follow a few important steps, you can help to reduce your stress while getting your home more organized. Read on for some tips you can follow today.
One of the first key steps involved in truly organizing your home well is to declutter. Getting rid of lots of items from your house will help you to create the kind of space and order you’re looking for. While “stuff” can accumulate quickly at the best of times, once you have kids there always seems to be more things than ever cluttering up every room and adding stress because they need to be tidied.
When it comes to decluttering, there are a few things to remember. For starters, it helps to go room by room so that you don’t get overwhelmed. As you do, examine each item to determine if it is in useable condition and if anyone in your family actually has any need for it.
If it is broken or past its use-by date, it will likely need to be thrown out or recycled. If it can be fixed or cleaned, either go and get it mended or freshened up straight away, or donate it to someone else who could use it. If items haven’t been used for some time, it is best to either sell them through a garage sale or online site, or donate them to a worthy cause. There are always organizations and individuals keen to accept things in good condition and you can donate large items such as boats and trailers and small things like jewelry, baby shoes, and more.
While it may be tempting to hang on to possessions because you believe they might be used “someday,” remember that that day generally doesn’t come. If something doesn’t spark joy for you or your family members, or if your children have simply moved on from particular toys or books they loved in the past, it is time to let them go.
It may be challenging at first, but the more clutter you remove from your life, the better you’ll feel and the easier it will become. Getting your children to help you sort through their items for a donation bag also has the added benefit of making them feel good and teaching them about the joys of helping others.
In addition, once you see all the things in your home that you have spent money on but never really used, you will be more motivated to buy less in the future. This will, in turn, not only make keeping your home organized easier and less stressful, but will also allow you to save money – a win-win situation!
As you declutter your home, spend the necessary time to find a place for everything too, as this will help you to keep things tidy. Once you have done this, develop the habit of putting each item back in its designated spot once you have finished using it. This will save you hours of cleaning up time every month, and make it much easier to find things whenever you need them.
After all, who doesn’t want to say goodbye to the stress of trying to find the car keys in the morning when you’re running late for work or getting the kids to school, or the frustration involved in remembering where you put your favorite lipstick?
Get the Kids Involved
It is a good idea to get your kids involved in your home organization efforts too. Give them responsibility for looking after their things, putting them away in the right spots each day, and letting you know when something needs to be repaired, cleaned, donated, or thrown out.
You will save yourself much time and energy if you get kids into the routine of hanging up their bags, hats, and coats in the hallway when they come home, and in placing their shoes in the foyer or bedroom on a shoe rack.
As well, get your children to unpack their lunch box and find any notes, permission slips, and the like that you need to read straight away; and to put their dirty clothes in the laundry hamper each night before bed. Make sure that all hooks, racks, drawers, and the like can be reached easily by your children too. This will ensure that they don’t need your assistance to put away and organize their things.
When was the last time you got the kids involved to organize your home?