Your House is Your Castle.

Cinderella’s Castle, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, May 2004 (late afternoon)

Home is where the heart is. . . and your clothes, and your mail, and your stuff, and stuff, and stuff.

Good Gravy! Have you ever thought that the quickest way to clean house and get rid of all that extra stuff was to just light a match? No? Must be just me then.

Anyway, your house has many rooms and each room has its particular things that live in there. Then there are all the things that don’t really have a home. Those are the things that add up without notice and before you know it you have your days when you are just feeling suffocated by your messy house.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. . . Taking on an enormous project such as the whole house can be a daunting endeavor. So it’s a good idea to break down your ultimate goal (the whole house) into smaller portions and create a multitude of smaller goals. Then break down those goals into even smaller sections and make a list of tiny goals.

If you keep a calendar it will help to keep you accountable for dealing with your tiny goal each day. Even if you only give your tiny section 15 minutes of your attention it adds up. For those like myself that have motivation issues, use a kitchen timer. Set that timer for 15 minutes. Suck it up! Dig in and get it over with! You will be surprised to find that during that 15 minutes you get into a groove and when the timer goes off you don’t want to quit just yet until you get to a good spot to stop. Not every time, but often.

Ultimate Goal: Clean and Organize the Whole House. -now break it down-

Smaller Goals: Each Room of the House (living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc.). -break each room down-

Tiny Section Goals: This could be one wall at a time, or one surface at a time. One cupboard or shelf at a time. There is no limit to how many tiny goals you can have for each room. Always remember that tiny piles of progress add up to mountains of success!

Glance each room before you start. Take a visual inventory of what you love, what’s dear to you. Those are the things that you make a home for. Everything else can be categorized into what is useful and what can go. That’s it. Keep it simple. Don’t over complicate things. If you are the type of person that has difficulty letting go of things, make one extra category. Things I don’t necessarily love but I’m not quite ready to part with. These things get put away in a tote and set aside. You don’t get rid of them for a while, but you don’t have them out either. After some time, weeks or months, go through the totes and part with what you can. Set what’s left aside again and wait. Eventually you will either get rid of everything that you don’t love or you will find a place for it to live just so you can keep it.

And of course once you have things cleaned up, tidy and organized, you just sweep through once in a while keeping in mind Dishes, Laundry, Garbage, Surfaces and Floors. It will be much easier to keep things in check for longer periods of time. Things don’t get out of hand, and you never have to worry if company drops by unexpectedly.

Easier Said Than Done, naturally. The hardest part is commitment, discipline, creating the long term habit and adopting it as part of your new lifestyle. Kind of like dieting. You can’t do it once and expect it to never revert back if you don’t stay on top of things in a periodic but consistent manner.

Here you should find the creative ideas and motivation you need to keep kicking your rear in gear. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestion, please feel free to speak up. Constructive criticism is a good thing. When handled right it can help you grow and be bigger and do better.

Happy Organizing.