How to Maintain An Organized Home
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Finding the motivation to spring clean and organize your entire home is a huge challenge (and accomplishment), but actually maintaining that organization and cleanliness can sometimes feel like an even greater challenge. However, if the systems you create are thoughtful and designed with your family in mind, maintenance gets easier and doesn't always feel like an uphill battle.
Keeping Your Home Organized
So you've spent the last few weeks or months getting organized. You've decided what to hold onto and what to get rid of. If you've had time to put new systems into place, how are they working for you? You might not create the perfect system right away and that's ok! Think about the biggest pain points in your home and what areas cause you stress. Are your new systems hurting or helping your daily routine?
Once you've found a system that works for your home, schedule time to maintain it. Pick a time every week, month, or a few times a year (depending on the space) to refresh. This will not take as much time as the original organization, trust me, but an occasional refresh will help.
Every time you go through your refreshed space, follow these guidelines and ask yourself these questions or follow these guidelines:
Do I use this?
Do I have multiples of the same thing?
When was the last time someone in the home needed this?
Don't keep anything that doesn't have a designated space or something you don't have room for.
Getting Your Family to Stay Organized
You may be fully on board with your home's new organization, but getting your family on board is a whole different battle. Tell them about your goals for the home. Ask them what they are willing to help with, what systems will help them succeed and help them get on board, and get them excited. When other members of the family are invested and feel heard, chances are higher they will follow suit with the new systems.
Label, Label, Label
Consider buying a labeler…a good one. I have tried more labelers than I want to admit and my favorite is this one. Labeling is the icing on the cake and the final key to getting the entire household on the same page with your efforts. Don’t underestimate the power of a label. And labels can be part of the beauty of it as well (if you do it right).
Did you know that we offer refresh services as well? Once we reset your space, maintenance is so much easier, but also necessary. We can come to you every 3-6 months and freshen up your beautiful spaces to make sure systems are still working for you.
Jen is the founder of Reset Your Nest, a Professional Home Organizing business in Utah (Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, Logan, Utah County, and St. George), California (Bay Area, Los Gatos, Hillsborough, Atherton, San Jose), Denver, CO, and Phoenix, AZ. She loves creating order and systems out of chaos. Her specialty is finding a way to continue the aesthetic of any home to every cupboard and drawer. She shares her tips and tricks on Instagram @reset_your_nest.