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Summer’s here – a time for barbecues, lazy afternoons, and, believe it or not, tackling that ever-growing clutter!

With lighter schedules and a break from vacations, it’s the perfect opportunity to regroup and get organized for the year’s final stretch.

Here’s the secret weapon: transforming these simple principles into habits. Once ingrained, organization becomes second nature, saving you time, energy, and money, while reducing stress for a calmer, more enjoyable life.

Principle #1: Declutter Before You Organize & Don’t Organize the Chaos!

This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s crucial. Imagine trying to arrange clothes in a crammed closet – it’s impossible to see what you have, let alone create an efficient system.

Start by taking everything out. Give the space a good cleaning, then ruthlessly declutter.

Ask yourself: Does it spark joy? Does it fit? Have I used it in the past year?

Be honest – if the answer’s no, thank the item for its service and donate, sell, or recycle it.

Principle #2: Start Simple to Gain Momentum

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of a complete home overhaul. Begin with a manageable space, like a closet.

A closet is actually one of the easier spaces because you can easily determine what clothes you like and don’t like and what fits and does not fit. When it comes to emotional items like photos and mementos, save them for near the end of your organizing binge.

Principle #3: Gather and Sort Items First

Grouping like items is a game-changer. Sort everything into categories and then figure out the best storage bins that make sense for the space.

This is a great rule of thumb for a “junk drawer” but think beyond this space. This method applies to everything, from a sprawling master closet to a cluttered pantry.

Principle #4: Finish Each Task

Be realistic about the time needed for each space. Block out enough time to complete the decluttering and organizing process.

Leaving a project unfinished creates a bigger mess, discourages you from resuming, and can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Principle #5: Aesthetics Add. Make It Attractive

Use baskets and bins that serve as practical organizers and are visually appealing. Neutral tones, attractive weaves and durable plexi pieces that match can look great in any space. You’ll find yourself admiring the “look” with satisfaction when the decluttering is complete.

Principle #6: Give Everything a Home

Remember the age-old adage: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

This is the cornerstone of organization. Dedicate designated spots for all your belongings. This makes it easier to find what you need and reduces the urge to create clutter piles.

Principle #7: Label, Label, Label

Labels aren’t just functional – they can be beautiful too! Explore the vast array of decorative labels and holders available online and in stores. Labeling benefits everyone in the household – no more guessing where things go, just clear, easy-to-follow instructions.

Principle #8: Keep Flat Surfaces Clear

Smooth, uncluttered surfaces create a sense of calm and order. Aim for clear countertops, desks, and tables. These task-oriented spaces should be ready for the next activity, promoting efficiency and hygiene. Clear surfaces also enhance the flow of positive energy according to Feng Shui principles.

Principle #9: Group Like Items and Colors

Grouping items by color adds another layer of visual appeal to your organization. Not only does it help you visualize your inventory, but it also creates a pleasing aesthetic when everything is neatly arranged and color-coordinated.

Principle #10: Make Organizing a Part of Your Daily Routine

Organizing before bed can be a great way to “close down” your home for the night so you have a fresh start the next day.

Decluttering and organizing are more than just taming the mess; they’re expressions of gratitude for the things we own. By taking care of our belongings, we become better stewards of our possessions. This mindful approach not only benefits your space but also fosters a sense of calm and accomplishment, making organization a truly rewarding experience.

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