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March 30, 2020

Creating Order & Organization in the Midst of Chaos

Creating Order & Organization in the Midst of ChaosSarah Halbach There may be chaos right outside our front doors, but we can regain peace inside the doors of our home!  Science has proven that when your environment is cluttered the chaos limits your ability to focus and process information, it decreases productivity and can even impact […]

Creating Order & Organization in the Midst of Chaos
Sarah Halbach

There may be chaos right outside our front doors, but we can regain peace inside the doors of our home!  Science has proven that when your environment is cluttered the chaos limits your ability to focus and process information, it decreases productivity and can even impact your mood!  I can’t think of a better time than right now to do a little spring cleaning and get organized.  So much of life we can’t control, but we can change the environment inside our home from cluttered and disorganized to pleasant and peaceful.  

I am going to walk you through the steps of my simple organizational system that you can apply to any area of your home, from your sock drawer to your kitchen! 

  1. REEVALUATE: What is working in your house and what isn’t. I ask people what is the space, room, or closet that is causing you the most stress? That’s a great starting point! The first thing to do is take everything out of that space to reevaluate it.  Every item will be divided into 3 piles. I get sticky notes out and put them on the ground as I sort through everything. 
  1. REHOME:  Your first pile consists of things you want to keep but they need to be relocated to another place in your house. Let’s say you are tackling your closet and come across a kid’s baby book, or a stack of empty picture frames or a gift card, these are all great examples of things you want to keep but that don’t need to be in your closet. 
  1. RETIRE: Your second pile is anything that can be donated, handed down, thrown away or sold.  This step of editing is usually the hardest step for most people, but it yields the most freedom!  Let go of the things that are no longer serving you.  It will create the space you need to see and use what you already own. 
  1. RETAIN: Your last pile is full of the things you love and use the most often.  The goal is to create a “home” for everything in this pile as you put it back into this place.  Uniform bins, baskets, and hangers are a great way to streamline your belongings into groups or sections.  A good rule of thumb is to fill a space to 80% capacity. This allows for a little eb and flow as life does.  Once everything has a home, label it!! A labels is like an address; it defines the item’s home.  Labeling is essential in maintaining order in any space.  
  1. RESET:  Schedule a weekly reset in your calendar to reevaluate that space and reset everything to its proper “home.”  I like to reset my house on Sundays to start my week out fresh.  When everything has a home in your home and is labeled properly, resets are quick and easy.  Put on fun music or your favorite podcast and enjoy this time. It’s very gratifying to watch chaos go back to peace in a matter of minutes! 

Start somewhere small, in your sock drawer or under the bathroom sink and go through the steps a few times.  Work your way up to bigger spaces like closets or an entire room.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it truly is to create peace and organization in your home!

Starting March 30th, I will be taking on virtual clients which will involve a video call where you show me the space that needs to be organized and I will come up with a personalized organizational system, steps to execute, and a product list with links to purchase any products that are needed for your space.

I have included a list of 30 places to get your organization jump started. Pick one a day or one a week! 

  1. Sock drawer
  2. Spices
  3. Snack drawer
  4. Cleaning Supplies
  5. Kids books
  6. Games & puzzles
  7. Cords & chargers
  8. Light bulbs
  9. Under the kitchen sink
  10. Under the Bathroom sink
  11. Jewelry
  12. Workout clothes
  13. Hats & Sunglasses
  14. Pantry
  15. Refrigerator & Freezer
  16. Plastic Tupperware
  17. Kids art & school work 
  18. Keepsake bins 
  19. Toys
  20. Coats & Sweaters
  21. Swimsuits
  22. Shoes
  23. Pet items
  24. Mail
  25. Catalogs & Magazines
  26. Make-up
  27. Beauty Supplies 
  28. Office supplies
  29. Gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbon 
  30. Stationery
  31. Batteries
  32. Art supplies 
For more information, contact me here!