3 Questions to Ask Before Organizing Your Home
Hello, my friends! Don’t make the same mistakes that so many people make when tackling a home organizing project. Take a moment to really consider these 3 questions before taking another step!
What’s your Vision for Your Home?
Vision? What could that possibly have to do with something as practical and hands-on as getting your home organized? Well, it turns out, quite a bit! When I first meet with a prospective client, one of my very first questions is “What is your VISION for this space, this room, your home in general?”
Without a vision for your space, planning and executing an organizing project is extremely difficult.
In this day and age where we are bombarded with so many beautiful images of perfectly organized bookshelves, impeccably designed living rooms and lovingly prepared bento box-style lunches for kids, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that is the ideal… To feel like that is what we should all be striving for.
But in reality? We all know that those staged pictures rarely reflect reality! Reality looks more like toys all over the place, piles of paperwork on the kitchen counter and (occasionally) rotting food in the fridge… Oh wait, is that just me?
So here’s my question for YOU. What does having an organized home look like to you? Yes, you! That’s all that matters here. You don’t need to compare yourself to the perfection you see on Instagram or your favourite Pinterest Board. This is only about what you and your family need in order to function happily and efficiently in your home.
What level of order do you need?
Some people can tolerate—and even love!— being surrounded by lots of mementos and belongings. They feel cozy in their home and the ‘stuff’ doesn’t register as stressful clutter. Others want the walls, counters and shelves as clear as possible. They breathe more deeply when they see lots of space!
Where are you on this continuum? Are you determined to keep every countertop clear or are you okay with a little catch-all basket, or even a couple of planned piles? Does your clothing have to be colour-coded to help you achieve bliss, or are you satisfied when everything in your closet fits and doesn’t have holes? We’re all different and that’s a beautiful thing!
You deserve to embrace you! Really think about what you love and need to maintain a peaceful existence in your home. You’ll also want to challenge yourself to be realistic. If you have 2 toddlers running around, don’t set yourself up for failure by demanding that toys never enter your beautiful living room!
Identifying your vision and reflecting on what you want your home to be like is an exciting process. It’s the fun part of organizing… and it should happen before you ever start decluttering a shelf!
How to decide what level of order you need:
- Write down your goals
- Reflect on what level of clutter (or clutter-free) makes you feel energized and happy
- Create a Pinterest board of inspiring homes you’d like to emulate
- Focus on reality, not perfection (you’re better—and more real!—than that)
How do you want to FEEL in your home?
With each of my clients, I always ask, “How do you want to feel in your home?” In my mind, the space in which we reside is like another family member. It has a role. Do you notice that? Your home can either make your life and daily tasks run smoothly or it can trip you up at every turn! Also, like many teenagers, it can be moody and is rarely in the same state 2 days in a row.
Consider how you want to feel when you enter your front door at the end of a long day… Is your home serving up the right ambience when you get home? How do you want to feel when you enter your bedroom after finally tucking your over-tired and grumpy kids into bed?
When our homes become cluttered and out of control, it’s easy to forget that we are in control of our space… Even when it tries to boss us around. In order to take back control of your home, you have to
- Decide on your dream for your home
- Identify the level of order you need to feel at peace
- Get clear on how you want to feel in your space
BONUS TIP: The power of mantras when organizing your home
Before starting your organizing project, it’s really helpful to create a mantra which reflects your vision for your space. Print it off, make it pretty, post in on your fridge or somewhere visible to help you stay on track and stay inspired!
A recent one? “I want my home to feel like a luxurious hotel suite so that when I walk in I feel like I’m on vacation”. Nice!!
Okay, to summarize, the 3 questions you’ll want to ask before starting your organizing project:
#1 What’s your vision for your Home?
#2 What level of order do you need in your home?
#3 How do you want to feel in your home?
Which of these 3 questions do you want to focus on this week? Let me know—and share any challenges and insights in the comments!