Method to the Madness

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

I’m going to poke the white elephant in the room and say we all need help organizing. I find myself to be more organized than most people, however; I still struggle with certain parts of my home. I can’t help but think, there must be some type of method to the madness. Today I had the privilege to speak with Sarah from the Uncluttered Home. She gave some inside tips on how to not only get organized but stay organized! What a crazy concept, right?!

We have all seen Marie Kondo and fallen in love with the concept of organization and letting things go. So here is a step by step guide to get you on the right track, its called the S.P.A.C.E. method.

Its called Garbage Bag Therapy! Throw away the old oven mitt you have had for 20 years! Just because it still works does not mean you should still own it. Surround yourself with items and products we love. You may not realize that these old items hold you back from achieving your goals. If your goal is to have an impressive home, you want to love everything you own and you want your space to feel good, then you need to part ways with those pieces that do not bring value to you. “Putting your house in order is fun! The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them a farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.” (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, by Marie Kondo) Do your self a favor and just get rid of what you do not need, want, or like anymore. Do not hold onto something because you think you might need it one day because there is a good chance it will sit in your garage for 5,10,20 years. “Enjoy the memory, say your thank you and let it go.” (Sarah, the Uncluttered Home)

S- Sort into categories.

P-Purge anything that you no longer need.

A- assign a home that is close to where you use the items.

C-Find containers that fit the space and all of your items.

E- Evaluate the function of the space. Move things to make it work.

“Start with clothes, then move on to books, papers, miscellany and finally, things with sentimental value.”  ( The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, by Marie Kondo)  Start in one room at a time. I started in my closet, as Kondo suggested. Pull everything out and categorize. T-shirts, jeans, shorts, work out clothing, swim, scarves, skirts, dresses, etc.  From here start to decide does this item bring me joy? Is this still functional for me? After I went through my closet and examined what I truly had, I was shocked for a few reasons. I was first shocked to see how many items I had that did not fit my personality or style. I immediately discarded those items. I was also shocked to see how many items I’ve had for years, and pieces that did not fit me properly anymore and lastly, articles of clothing that were simply no longer age appropriate.

Now that you have purged, the items start to decide where these should be placed. In your dresser? On a Hanger or shelf? Put them where they belong and you're done.

After I evaluated my style and cleansed myself of all these distractions, I felt amazing! My closet started to look like one of those little boutique clothing stores. You know, the ones where you walk in and instantly want to wear everything? I started to love my closet. After I purged all the items that just simply did not belong, my wardrobe became versatile and was very easy to mix and match my items better. Now we want the rest of our house to feel this way! Now move on to the next room and repeat the process.  

If you are struggling with letting something go, take a photo of it, write down your memory with it and let it go. Now it is time to move forward so we can achieve our goals. We want to focus on only using products we love, that bring joy to use and take us a step closer to what we truly want.

If you have items that you do not want, but they are still useful and functional, try to give them away, donate them or re-gift them, because it is ok!  “Use your items in a way that works for you” (Sarah, the Uncluttered Home).

If you are invested in your home and you want it to be functional and beautiful, then you should surround yourself with items you love and items that bring value to your life. This is one of the many focuses of Habitation Box. If you can not afford to hire an interior designer or hire an organizer, Habitation Box will bring these services to you. Each box is filled with curated contents that will elevate your home with multi-functional, high-quality items. Start living the life you want, achieving your goals and composing your splendid home.