January is the month of clean slates, starting fresh and purging all things past. Appropriately, January is National Get Organized Month, making it the perfect time to get the items in your house organized and cleaned.
Hoarder No More
Taking a look around and seeing a cluttered mess or an unorganized room can seem overwhelming at first. It’s important to remember why you’re initially starting the project. According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), organized people have lower stress levels and a greater sense of control over their lives. In addition, once the mess is arranged in a working order, there will be more quality time to spend with family and friends. In fact, studies have shown that organized people even make more money over the course of their lives.
Where to Begin?
Clutter in the mind and clutter in the home sometimes go hand-in-hand. If you feel that the project is too big, break it into parts. What is the biggest piece of the house that needs organizing or that is causing the most strain in your life? Perhaps it’s important to finally fit that second car in the garage. Or maybe the kids need a clean and organized play area in the basement. Breaking up projects into steps can help ease feelings of dread.
It’s important to remember that organization projects aren’t achieved in just one day. Cleaning up clutter is a process. Look back on how long it took you to accumulate all of the objects needing to find their own places. Assuming it’s a quick fix is an unrealistic notion and can lead to more frustration. NAPO organizers say that there are many different ways to organize a home, and each personality type can have a difference system based on work style and other environmental influences.
Can I Really Do This On My Own?
Sometimes it really is impossible to perform a project of this size on your own. Perhaps the established timeline (which is imperative to have so the project doesn’t get put off) just doesn’t work feasibly with your schedule. Maybe you simply don’t have the organizational skills needed to tackle the rooms needing the most work. If you’ve looked at self-help books and researched processes to get organized, but still feel that it’s too big of a job to handle on your own, hiring a professional can be the best alternative. Saving you a lot of time and headache, a professional can help get you started and efficiently finish your organization project.
Garage Décor and More can help you get organized this month. We are an Associate Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers in St. Louis (NAPO) and can connect you with a professional organizer if you need one. We can also provide you with a variety of systems for garage organization, storage and basic remodeling needs. There is no project too big or too small, from attics, pantries, and closets to general wall organization systems.