Why Organized rooms are important
3 Steps to organize Your room
The room around you tends to reflect the space inside your head. If your thoughts are cluttered, the space around you is cluttered.
(Maybe that’s true, and maybe it’s not...but to some extent I think staying organized in your brain helps you stay organized in your room.)
And it also works the other way around to some extent. Imagine walking into an incredibly messy room-- don’t you just have a deep desire to CLEAN IT?! (or at least get it cleaned, whether or not you’re the one doing the actual cleaning). It distracts your mind to be in a messy room.
Overall, organized spaces are important because they feel nice. You’d rather walk into a clean space than a dirty one. You’d rather come home to an organized room than a disorganized one. You’d rather try to find something in a minimalistic room than a cluttered and random one.
And maybe you wouldn’t, but I find that hard to believe.
I will be the first to say that my room isn’t perfectly organized all the time.
However, my room is fairly clean, and I can find everything pretty easily.
My bathroom sink is another story because I like to keep everything that I will use every day on my sink. Just thinking about it makes me want to clean it. It’s definitely in need of some decluttering. (Note from the future: I cleaned it since writing this and it’s much better.)
The first step is to get rid of the things you don’t need. And before you tell me you need everything you own, call me, and I will go to your house and prove you wrong.
I honestly get worried about throwing things away because I “might use it.”
If I have to tell myself that, I probably won’t use it. I’m not saying you won’t use it, but I pretty much know that when I use the word “might” it means “never.”
I was also the kid who overpacked for everything-- When I was about six, I remember a purse strap (yes, just the strap) to my next door neighbors’ house for a sleepover “just in case.”
Guess what? I never used it.
My point is, you don’t need everything you own, and it’s freeing to get rid of things.
Have you ever walked into a new house that has nothing but furnishing in it and it feels FRESH? It’s an amazing feeling, and it always makes me feel inspired to clean.
When I clean, I like to take everything out and put it on the floor-- it always gets messy before it gets clean. Then I sift through it and figure out what I should to get rid of (which somehow always ends up being quite a bit.
Then I move onto the next step. ↓
To make it easier to find things, categorize them before you put them back after throwing your stuff all over the floor. I have some art supplies, so I like to store those supplies together so I know exactly where to find them. Similarly, I have some makeup and nailpolish that’s about ten years old (which I pretty much never use… I’m suddenly realizing that I’ve got a lot of stuff to get rid of.)
Categorize things by size, color, type, material… whatever you want, but just make sure that when it comes down to it, if you need something, you’ll be able to grab it and go easily.
Things look really nice and are easy to organize when they’re in containers. Finding the right container is like finding the right fitting shoe (which for me, is a rare occasion that needs to be celebrated).
Here are some container ideas:
Containing things also helps you to not mix them all together. I’m thinking about one specific area of my closet right now… overall, my closet is pretty organized and I can find things easily, but there’s one spot that’s atrocious because I haven’t put any effort into it.
I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow.
(I actually did organize it, and it looks much better now.)
How to Make Cleaning More Fun
Listen to music or a podcast.
It’s that simple. If you want to make anything from exercising to doing dishes to cleaning your room more fun, listen to a podcast or music. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it works.
Wow, I just inspired myself to clean (mostly by realizing I don’t use a lot of stuff in my closet).
Get EXCITED. Cleaning is fun and satisfying when you’re all done. It will feel amazing to walk into your room or closet or desk or bathroom or whatever it is you’re organizing when you’re all done.
Turn up the music and get started!
*Before I published this post, I cleaned my room and bathroom for the first time in a long time, and I’m sooo glad I did.*