• Lahni Carney

Organize Your Entire Home in 20 Days

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Ever look around your house and know it could be better? Like you really want to spruce up the rooms in your home and organize all the chaos?

Maybe you’ve tried to declutter your pantry or your closet and stopped halfway through because it started to get too overwhelming and it was time to start dinner anyway.

If we’re being honest, cleaning up clutter is the last thing most people want to be doing when we have a day off and are trying to recharge from the week.

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But then when you’re sitting in your living room trying to finish up your favorite series, you can’t help but notice how your children’s toys always end up scattered around and why is there a never ending stack of papers on your kitchen table?

You ask yourself... where would you even begin or what’s even the point when it’s just going to get messy again?

For the next few weeks, we’re going to work our way through your home, organizing every single room in your house.

No worries though, follow along with us and we will give you step-by-step instructions on decluttering the entire mess away!

During this entire process, no matter what space you’re working in, there are 7 main steps you will always follow. You can read about the steps in detail in our Blog, How to Organize any Area of your Home (The Ultimate Guide)!

These 7 steps will not only help you tidy up the space, but also build a lasting organization system that you will easily be able to follow moving forward.

Building an organization system is important because it ensures that you don’t have to keep cleaning up the same mess over and over -- it helps you and your family be able to easily and quickly put things away as you use them. We talk about the importance of our "Organizational Foundation" here.

The 7 steps are: take everything out of your area, categorize your items and get rid of trash, purge and declutter unused items, gather containers for your kept items, utilizing your bins/baskets and labeling them, storing like baskets in groups, and making adjustments for your own personal system. Follow these 7 steps for 20 days and your entire house will get organized!

A few tips to remember along the way:

* The most important thing to remember is to start with one space at a time. This is why we will only be focusing on one room a day. Organizing can be overwhelming, so starting small is the best thing to do!

* Every home and person is different, so think of this plan as a road map. You can do one day at a time or combine the days together. If one of the days has a room that isn’t in your house, use that day as a resting period. Go at a pace you feel comfortable!

* We want to be clear: decluttering is NOT moving items from one room to another. If you do this, you will continue to have clutter. Use these steps to find real “homes” for items and get rid of items that you don't ever use.

* Remember that organization is about efficiency first! It’s great to have a Pinterest worthy pantry, but all that matters at the end of the day is you can find what you’re looking for when you need it. Build an organization system that values functionality over looking good and it will work better (and last longer!) for you and your family in the long run.

* You cannot organize clutter. You can tidy it up, but then you will do that a hundred more times in your life over and over again. Let’s build a lasting organizing system, not just clean up a mess.

Here's the overview of what each day will look like, check back here in the next few weeks to go in detail for each room, lets get started!

Day 1: Entryway

This is the first place people see when they enter your home, and it's usually the zone where everything gets dumped (purses, shoes, sports gear, backpacks!).

On the first day, we will go through your entryway (or mudroom!) and organize the first mess you see when you walk inside.

Items like mail, keys, backpacks and items that need to be returned to the store, are all things that need to be left in the entryway. Have a dedicated spot for mail that was just delivered and mail that you need to send out.

Try to keep this space as minimalistic as possible -- your entryway is like the first impression to the rest of your house, so make a good first impression!

One thing we stress to our clients is to make sure you're only keeping things you and your family use daily in this space. It's not the dumping ground for every pair of shoes you own!