Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tidy Tuesday: How To Conquer An Overwhelming House

Is your entire house a disaster?  Do you like to hoard things like a squirrel about to go into hibernation?  Do you get a panic attack when you think about tackling just one room?

I'm here to help.  Go grab half a Xanax and keep reading.

Yesterday we talked about how to manage your schedule.  Now that you have your lists of things you want to do (i.e., ORGANIZE ENTIRE HOUSE) broken down into manageable bite sized pieces of paper, let's get started on the first room.

Pick the worst room first.  Because no other room is going to seem as bad once you have conquered Everest.

The first thing you need to do is make certain you have enough time to do the entire project, or be okay with having a messy hallway or a super messy room for awhile.  This is not something we tackle Monday morning before work.  This is not a task for a weekend filled with sports events and birthday parties.  This is a project you will set aside for a Saturday/Sunday that is free of commitments.  Feel free to use the iPad as a babysitter.  Or candy.  They'll be FINE.

When organizing a room or closet, I remove every. single. thing. from the room/closet.  Take drawers out of dressers, books out of bookcases, etc.  Dump everything onto a bed or into a hallway.  Yes, this makes a huge mess.  That's okay.  Sometimes we have to make an even bigger mess to clean up a mess.

Then line up three paper bags/garbage bags/baskets.  Label them.  One is trash/recycling, one is give away, and one is garage sale.  Unless you don't want to do a garage sale, because they suck.  Then just the give away is fine.  Next, clean the empty room.  Vacuum, dust, mop, deweb the corners, dust the baseboards, etc.  Doesn't that feel so good?!?  It's perfectly clean!

Now you will go through each item in the hallway, and either put it in one of the three baskets, or clean it and return it back in the room.  This can take a few days.  Or weeks.  Months?  It really depends on the size of the room and how long you have been hoarding shit.

How to decide where something belongs?  Does it serve a purpose for you?  Do you use the item on a regular basis?  Is there a better location for this item in your home?  Does it need to be replaced?  If you don't use it, but it has sentimental value, can you store it in the attic?  Is it for display purposes?  Does it fit?  Do you wear it?  Questions like these are what need to be going through your head.  Really evaluate and make sure you are keeping things that have a purposeful function for you.  If you decide to keep it, then you will clean it (usually dusting it, clothes can go back without being washed, unless they were already dirty), and put it away where it belongs.  Where is the best location for this, where I can easily access it and it makes sense for the flow of the room?  For example, I'm not going to put my hair straightener in my nightstand if I use it in the bathroom.  If you trash it and need to replace it, add it to a list of things to get next time you are at the store.

Once everything is put back into the room, or in the proper basket, keep it up on a daily basis.  Go through your house before bed and pick up the stray items.  Put them away there they belong.  Your house will not get out of hand if you are able to do this daily.  If you have to miss a day because of your schedule or illness, that's okay.  One day is not so bad.  Only go a week if you have to, and you had better have a doctor's note for me, none of this Man Cold nonsense.

Sometimes it feels pointless to keep the playroom picked up each day.  I'm not about perfectionism and a white gloved playroom at the end of each day.  If I know my kids are going to be home and playing in the playroom the next day, I will leave the room as is, regarding toys.  If I see a cup, shoes, clothes, etc., that don't belong, I will pick those up and take them to the kitchen and hamper.  And toys in the living room can be picked up and placed on the floor in the playroom.  The toys in the playroom can stay messy.  Then perhaps once a week you can actually put away all of the toys (engage the kiddos for help).  See how we compromise?

After you do this in each room of your house, you will find it is very easy to keep up, and you will be motivated to keep it this way.  Nobody wants to pick up a few things if the entire house is a disaster.  What's the point?  But once it's tidy, taking the time to pick up is worth it to keep it from getting out of control.

I hope this helps!  Happy organizing!!!

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