Today’s bonus episode covers a topic I originally wasn’t planning to cover – celebrating the wins. After hearing from so many of you, I felt this was a topic that we needed to chat about!
Five years ago, I had been working so hard to create The Organized Mama, and I decided to change up my goals and ideas instead of celebrating the anniversary of my business! What I’ve noticed since then is that I haven’t celebrated any of the small or big wins.
We create giant to-do lists for ourselves, and so often, we forget to celebrate. You just accomplished something so big that took thought, time, and effort – celebrate it!
There has been such a focus on self-care recently, and celebrating the wins definitely falls into self-care! Today, I’m going to share a few ways that you can celebrate those wins! Some of these ideas cost money, and some are entirely free!
Did you finish decluttering and organizing a space? Maybe buy something decorative that you have had an eye on for a while to highlight in that newly organized space!
Did you organize a mudroom and give everyone a hook? Purchasing a new purse could be a great option. You have the space expressly set aside for it, and every time you use the purse, it will be its own little celebration.
Do you enjoy flowers? After organizing the kitchen or dining area, you can purchase some fresh flowers to add a little something extra to the space. Every time you see them, it reminds you that you did something hard.
Sharing on social media is an easy way to celebrate that doesn’t cost anything. You’ve accomplished something great, and seeing that celebration can inspire others to do the same! One place specifically where you can do this is in my community – School of Organizing!
Have a favorite TV show or movie? Watch it during the day! It may not seem like much, but watching TV during the day is a great celebration.
Some other options: take a nature walk or scroll through social media without guilt!
Celebrating the wins doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal! Just make sure you celebrate the big and small wins throughout your life.
On the final episode of season 1 of Organizing Tune-Ups, I’m sharing my favorite organizing tidbits that I have learned over the last 10 years as a professional organizer.
Tidbit 1: Organizing needs to be perfect for you! When you are at ease in your home because things are organized, you are going to be more confident, inviting, and relaxed.
Tidbit 2: Always try using what you have to get organized first before going to buy new items. You don’t have to have fancy, matching bins. Do boxes from Costco work great in your pantry? Fantastic! Use what works for you and your family.
Tidbit 3: No one product, bin, or methodology of organizing is going to get your organized. You have to do some work and commit to keeping your space organized.
Tidbit 4: Enjoy the process. Instead of thinking you “have” to organize, think you “get” to organize to save yourself obstacles in the future. You are doing yourself a favor by organizing now, and you are saving yourself future stress.
Decluttering cherished or sentimental items can be very difficult. We tend to feel as if we can’t let go of something because it is meaningful, a family heirloom, etc. How do you go through these items and decide what you need to keep and what you can finally let go?
Are you holding on to these items because they truly have special meaning or because you feel guilty for letting it go since it was given to you by someone special in your life? You need to ask yourself this question – is the item something you want to display? If the answer is no, it is ok to part with this item. If you aren’t sure, then put the item away and then set a time to reevaluate.
Take one of these items, and hold it close. Does it give you a physical reaction of happiness? Keep it and display it! You want to fill your home with items that make you happy. Not everything has to serve a purpose. It is ok to part with things that are not making you feel happy or more comfortable in your own home.
If you have a spouse or significant other that has a sentimental attachment to an item, but you don’t feel the same. You need to let them have that joy, but ask them the same question about displaying the item to decide exactly where the item should be placed.
My goal for you is to decide what items are actually cherished items and display those! Have fancy china? Use it! Let’s start using those cherished items instead of hiding them away.
Toys pile up all the time, and can very easily get out of control. As kids grow, the toy situation changes so there is no set way to organize them. Instead you can build an organizing system that will grow with them.
So how do you build the system that can grow with them? The biggest thing is you have to start with the amount of toys you have. My philosopy: less is more.
When you have too many toys, it is easy for kids to become overwhelmed. You may hear, “I’m bored” because the amount of toys is overstimulating them.
There are two ways you can group the toys: based on how they play, or by the type of toy. There are several things that will go into this decision such as how your kids plays with the toys, the number of kids you have, and the space you have to use for toys.
Grouping toys by how kids play with them is great for when you have limited space. By keeping three types of toys together you are eliminating the excess storage space needed.
For families with multiple kids, especially with larger age gaps, organizing the toys by type of toy may work best for you since not every kid will play with the toy the same way.
As they stop playing with a certain type of toy, remove it and replace it with toys they are still playing with.
Developing a system will allow you to reevaluate periodically so you can limit the overall amount of clutter in the toy room!
In today’s episode of Organizing Tune-Ups, I’m sharing tips for teaching your teens how to organize and learn to let go as a parent! Letting go of our own expectation for organizing teens will help them as they develop their own organizing skills.
Today’s focus is teaching kids that fall into the range of middle school to high school and even college-aged. If this is the earliest you are starting to teach them organizing skills, that’s still great! You will be able to set them up with great tools to be organized later in life. One of the hardest things is that you need to let them take ownership of their space.
Ask them questions about their space. Starting the conversation with some basic questions, you can really get an idea about how they feel about the space they live in.
Don’t be afraid of compromise!
Doing laundry is such an important task for kids of all ages. Having two laundry baskets can be incredibly beneficial. One for clean laundry and one for dirty laundry. Then, they aren’t rushed to put items away, and they won’t get clean and dirty items mixed up.
You can watch every episode of Organizing Tune-Ups on YouTube. Here is the newest episode on organizing teens.
Organizing Tools You Will Love
Teens can be tough to support through their organizing journey. So holding family meetings to chat about everything from the week can really help! Instead of nagging your teen to help, show them that everyone in the house is accountable.
Organizing kids can be a big topic which is why I’m breaking it down into two episodes.
Yes! Your kids can be organized.
Today we will be talking about where to start with how to get toddler to elementary-aged kid to start organizing.
The biggest thing is to get them involved with organizing their space. Their bedroom is a fantastic place to start! It can be very difficult to let them have ownership of their own space. If their bedroom is organized in their eyes, that’s great!
Regardless of age, children can be involved with folding and putting away clothes. Toddlers tend to take things out of drawers and bins because they don’t know what is in them. Letting them put the clothes up can help to keep them from pulling things out since they already know what is in the drawer/bin!
Reminder: Just because you have something, doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Get kids involved in the decluttering process as well! Take your time to go through hand-me-downs or what they already have then help them decide what to keep.
The next step is to let the child decide how the bedroom should be set up. This can be hard! Help by giving them ideas. Ask if they would like help.
So start with the kid’s bedrooms and let them take ownership of that space! The goal is for them to learn basic organizing skills so you won’t have to later on!
Podcast Episode: Organizing Toddler To Elementary-Age Kiddos
You can watch every episode of Organizing Tune-Ups on YouTube.
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Teaching kids how to organize is a life skill they need. But how can you do this in your home so you aren’t wasting your time creating things for them to follow?
The Executive Skills for Kids Workbook has everything you need in one easy-to-follow guide. Instead of making checklists, use the pre-made checklists inside the workbook. Instead of doom-scrolling Pinterest for ideas on ways to support your kids, use well-researched systems included inside the workbook.
When it comes to organizing spaces, the bathroom is a really important one. Because it is where we get ready every morning. And typically end our day before jumping into bed.
So we are breaking down ways to organize your bathroom on Organizing Tune-Ups Podcast.
Show Notes For Organizing Tune-Ups Podcast
Bathrooms can be the biggest spot of unwanted clutter in the house! We tend to put extra or random things under the sink or in the drawers where they can be hidden.
The first step is to decide which method of decluttering will work best for you – drawer-by-drawer or full clean-out. This will be completely dependent on you!
Start removing all the things that do not work in the space. Donating extra items or samples to a local women’s shelter is always a great option. Now you can see exactly what you have.
Group like items together. Store them together in a drawer or cabinet.
The towel question is a very common question I get! How many towels are enough? I recommend two towels per person in the house, plus extras for guests. An exception would be if you do laundry only once a week or even less, then four towels per person may fit your situation a little better. For beach towels, I also recommend two per person. A great place to donate extra towels is your local animal shelter!
Instead of stockpiling things in your bathroom, start using what you have! This will help to keep your bathroom organized.
What are shared spaces? I am calling shared spaces those spaces in your home that everyone uses, like living rooms, family rooms, basements, parlors, etc. Basically any space that is used by multiple people that need to be organized in a way that everyone can keep things tidy is considered a shared space. So you want to organize shared spaces in a way that makes sense to the entire family.
This episode of Organizing Tune-Ups, I am breaking down ways you can organize shared spaces so everyone knows how to keep them tidy!
Shared spaces can include any space that the entire family uses daily – living rooms, family rooms, basements, etc. You will notice that I separated kitchens from this topic. Yes, kitchens are typically spaces the entire family shares, but often someone in the family has already taken ownership of cleaning, organing, etc.
The first step is to remove anything that doesn’t believe in the shared space. Is the item necessary for the space? if not, remove them! This can be furniture, art, books, trinkets, etc.
The next step is to reduce visual clutter in the space by grouping like items together, or grouping like colors together.
The final step is to teach your family how to maintain the organization. This is the biggest piece of organizing shared spaces.
I know it is so much easier said that done. To help combat feeling overwhelmed, start small!
Do you really need a junk drawer? My answer may surprise you!
After years of organizing in people’s homes, I have come to the conclusion that junk drawers aren’t useful. Junk drawers end up taking up useful space in your kitchen. Which means that drawer can be used for other things…like clearing off items on your countertops!
Instead of a junk drawer, try giving the drawer a purpose.
Controversial opinion: you should not have a junk drawer in your kitchen! All the junk drawer does is keeps your indecisions. Whenever I say this, I get tons of backlash. Why should you let a great area in your kitchen be taken up by junk?
If you actually need some of the items, give the drawer a specific purpose! Have an overflow of pens, pencils, markers? Then you need a stationary drawer. The random keys that you don’t know what they go to do not belong there.
Other ideas for the drawer: smalls tools, stationary, homework station, condiments, or office supply drawer. Move items you find in your junk drawer to other areas of your home, so that the items in your kitchen have a place to go.
Having a problem changing the habit? Put something else important in the drawer such as silverware.
When everything is organized and has a purpose, you are able to more efficiently use all the space in the kitchen!
This freebie is sure to help you organize quickly. Use the checklist to declutter like a pro!
The whole kitchen organizing method is where we declutter our entire kitchen. Then reorganize the space to make sure that it stays organized. I am breaking down how to use this method to get organized in your kitchen.
Show Notes: Organizing Kitchen Full Clean-Out Method
Kitchen is the heart of the home. There is a lot of stuff that goes into this area. When you want to declutter everything all at once, the full clean-out method is right for you!
Step 1: Take everything out of your cabinets, drawers, and under the sink and group them together based on category. Post-It Notes are great for this step!
Step 2: Take Post-It Notes and assign them a cabinet or drawer in your kitchen. This is the space planning portion of organizing.
Step 3: Put everything back in the assigned area!
Make sure to declutter as you are putting items back. Decluttering here just means to remove unwanted things. Do you use it in the kitchen? No? Then it shouldn’t be in the kitchen!
From here, you can decide if an organizing tool would help you in the kitchen. For instance, a spice organizer is great if you are using a drawer to organize your spices!
Once you are done, either leave the Post-It Notes in place or use labels to help stay organized!
Podcast Episode Of Organizing Kitchen Full Clean-Out Method
You can watch every episode of Organizing Tune-Ups on YouTube.
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When organizing your entire kitchen, it can be helpful to have guides, videos, and support during the process.
Which is why the Declutter Like A Pro Blueprint was created. To give you the visual support through video trainings on every room in the house. Guides to keep you focused while you declutter. And guided decluttering audio to use through the process.