Kathy recently partnered with organizing expert Staci Ferber of ReOrgIt to chat about why organizing matters to help lead a focused and fulfilled life. There is an undeniable psychology behind organization. Being organized is one of the Work | Life balance principles of success. Who hasn’t looked at a beautiful room and breathed a sigh of relief to see that each object in a pretty room has a purpose and function.
Organization isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity for a well run home or office.
According to Staci, “It’s not just about decluttering, it’s about making things stylish and functional, while meeting the day to day needs of your household or office.” When done well, you will not only enjoy being in your space, it will work for you, rather than you working for it.
Good organization wraps itself around your lifestyle and makes it better. The general rule of thumb for organizng like a pro? Consider how your life functions at the highest level and work from there when determining how you wish for each space to operate, and then make a plan to make it happen.
Once you accomplish your overall organization goal, it truly will improve your quality of life. You spend much less time doing the things that you don’t care to do, such as looking for items you can’t find (keys!:), or straightening your house searching for a new place for an object, and you gain more time to spend on what fulfills and makes you happy. With everything in the right spot, it creates more me and family time for you! So, as you can see, organization is a gift you give yourself.
While it may seem a little extravagant to hire someone to help, in the long run, it saves you time, money, and precious energy. A professional can provide a new perspective and can help provide better ways to organize and re-organize, so you can function at the highest level. Staci also advises that you are more likely to keep up the end result since it will be something you’ve invested in and the small touches a pro can lend aspects to the project that you will find you can’t live without.
Staci and Kathy sat down to collaborate and came up with the the top 5 tips for having an organized home to help live a happy and fulfilling life, and we think given the fact of their expertise, we should definitely have a listen to their advice.
Tip No 1 ~ Prioritize
When it comes to properly organizing the first step is to prioritize. Figure out the space you want to tackle first and make a gameplan that’s doable so you can get to work. Kathy always advises to look at the top three priorities you have for the room you are designing or organizing. When you know how you need for the room to function at its highest capacity and you know what the priorities are for that room, you can implement them.
Stacy says, “Start small with what you want to accomplish so you complete the task rather than quitting in the middle of your project. There is nothing worse than starting to organize, only to get overwhelmed and quit before you are complete. It is so important to prioritize what the top needs of the space that you are organizing is so that you can accomplish your goal.”
Tip No 2 ~ Committ
Be prepared to start what you finish. Diving in on re-organizinzg a space or area requires having a plan so you can finish the project you start. Knowing you must make the finish line, insures you don’t quit before you get the prize. What is worse than organizing? Leaving an unorganized mess in the middle of the room that hangs over your head. Start it and finish it. You will be happy you did.
Larger projects can definitely be a little overwhelming to say the least. If you look at a project that is instantly overwhelming to you, Staci advises, “That’s when you need to hire a pro, at least for a couple hours.” It’s worth the investment and will save you time, energy, and happiness in the long run.
Tip No 3 ~ Declutter
Expert tip ~ Lay everything out and break it up into 4 groups: Keep, donate, give away, and trash. You truly don’t know what you have until you lay it all out, put like things together, and decide how to allocate each within the 4 groups. You will end up finding many things you didn’t know you had, and may even find that you have doubles you didn’t know you did.
If you are cleaning out a coat closet and you find one glove, Staci advises to get rid of it. The likelihood of you finding the other is pretty slim, and it really just equates to something else hanging over your head. Staci also advises to get rid of everything that you are purging. If it sits around it’s just more clutter, so it’s key to give it, donate it, or throw it away right away.
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Tip No 4 ~ Placement
You need to find a home for everything and if there is not a place for it, you might need to part with it. This is another great reason why hiring a professional is a good call. If it’s something you haven’t used in a long time, or if you’ve forgotten that you have it, it is not worthy of the real estate it’s holding in your space. People hold on to pieces they don’t need for so many reasons, but you will be amazed at how liberating it is to simply unload what you aren’t and can’t use.
Tip No 5 ~ Enjoy!
Now, it’s the fun part! Put like things together, color coordinate, and find great containers, baskets, and organizers that speak to your design aesthetic. This will work to create a more inviting, livable space that you can enjoy without having to think about functionality.
KF’s no 1 tip for a beautiful and functional room is that it needs to be so well designed you don’t have to think about the functionality because it is automatic. Great organization plays a key role in making a room first functional, and most importantly beautiful.
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Stay tuned as Kathy and Staci tackle their next big project later this month with real advice on how to purge and allocate. On the big projects, it tends to be even more important to systematically tackle projects effectively.
Have an organizing project and need the help of a pro? Learn more about Staci Ferber and ReOrgIt: