So you’ve done the big clean, and you’ve finally gotten your home perfectly organized. The trick now is keeping it that way. It’s not realistic to assume that you’ll be able to keep your home in a state of perfect organization. Life – and clutter – happens. We at Closet & Storage Concepts Philadelphia know it can be difficult for homeowners to fit in time to regularly de-clutter and organize. So to help you out, we’ve put together an easy guide to creating an organization schedule for your home.
- Identify and prioritize
The first step is to identify the parts of your home that you have the hardest time keeping organized. This could be anything from your front hall closet to your kitchen to your kid’s game room. These are the areas in your home you will prioritize in your organization schedule. It’s also a good idea to include any rooms that you particular dread keeping tidy. It’s easy to push those rooms to the bottom of your list, but chances are, you never really get around to working on them. Making them a priority and designating a specific time to address them will help keep you from procrastinating on those not-so-fun tasks.
- Consider your lifestyle
In order to create an effective home organization schedule, it’s crucial that you factor in you and your family’s lifestyle. Things tend to get more hectic towards the end of the week, so front-load your tasks to the beginning of the week. If you work from home, plan to organize your home office at the end of each work week, so it’s ready to go on Monday morning. If laundry day is Saturday, don’t worry about tidying up the laundry room until after you’ve finished the last load. Your organization schedule should fit in with your lifestyle and schedule, and shouldn’t be an inconvenience.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust and improvise
If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it. If you’re running out of time or aren’t getting around to certain tasks, shuffle things around until you find a schedule you can stick to. You may also find that you need to organize certain rooms less often and other rooms more often. If you aren’t able to complete a project when you scheduled it, just move it to the next day you have some free time. Remember, your organization schedule should lower your stress, not increase it!
Home organization starts with a solid foundation. At Closet & Storage Concepts, we design and install custom home storage and organization systems in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation and get started!
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