I believe that at the root of having an organized home, you'll find freedom. Intentional living isn't about rules, it's about setting up life with purpose and a plan in order to build freedom into life; and that's what I believe an organized home does!
I believe that having an organized home helps with three major things:
1. It helps decrease searching and chaos. You don't need to look for your car keys, because every morning they are in the same place. You don't need to go searching for a pen, because you know exactly where you can find one (or many). It gives you time freedom, and it allows for you to know exactly where you can find your things.
2. It helps with the budget. When you know what you have and what you need, you don't buy duplicates. When you know what you have in storage or in the pantry, because everything has a place, you know more easily what you do and don't need at the store each trip.
3. It allows for your family to help you, and it sets them up for success. When your people know where things go and have the expectation that items go back where they belong as soon as you're done using them, they begin to take ownership and it's easier to enlist their help!
Organization doesn't have to be complicated. You don't need to spend a ton of money on organizational systems and tools.
It does take time and it does take effort, but ideally, once you've set up a system, it's fairly easy to keep that system going - as long as you stay on top of it (but we'll talk about that later this week!).
As you begin to organize the things in your home, my recommendation would be to ask yourself these questions of each item as you place it in it's permanent home:
1. Does this item have a specific purpose in our home?
2. Does this item make sense in this room/drawer/space?
3. Where do I most need/use this item?
Make note of what you have or need (as we talked about last week!) and keep don't forget to purge that clutter. You will find more and more to purge as you organize.
This isn't a once and done process. This isn't an overnight process. This is a thing that takes time and work, but I truly believe that it is so very worth it!
If you are a person who struggles to see how a space can be organized, enlist the help of a friend! Some people just don't have that vision or gift, and that is OK! You don't have to have alllll the gifts, BUT you can pull your people and ask for their help - and then you can serve them in an area where you thrive in return!
Creating an organized space isn't overly complicated, it just takes spending time filtering through your possessions, and thinking through the best resting place for it. Then you've just got to keep it up....we'll talk about that next!
Are you a naturally organized person??? If yes, tell me your favorite space to organize!
If not....who do you plan to enlist to help you get your space under control?