Have you even taken a store survey? I am a frequent visitor to a beauty products store named Ulta (I’m a curly girl and we go through a lot of hair products). I always get a survey on the bottom of my receipt and I usually take the 15 minutes or so it takes to complete it when I get home (curly girl, remember? I could really use the $500 prize to bulk up my product collection). There is a question on the Ulta store survey that always makes me feel a little bad about myself.
The question asks something along the lines of: “Are you a person who is always up on the current beauty trends? Would your friends consider you the person they go to for beauty advice and information?” The answer to both these questions is just...no. I mean, I know how to groom myself, obviously, but I’m a less is more person, even when it comes to beauty products. I am annoyed that my hair looks best when layering three products, when I’d rather use just one. And most days I’m satisfied with some blush and mascara for makeup. I’ll add tinted moisturiser and eyeliner on very good days and eyeshadow joins the party when I’m feeling especially fancy.
I’m not the person my freinds go to for beauty advice. But if this same question appeared on a Container Store (insert singing angels and glowing logo here...) survey with the word “beauty” was replaced by “organization”...um yes. Raise the bar to 10, Strongly Agree, 100% absolutely.
The obsession with organization is so real that I literally watch youtube videos of other people organizing their closets. For fun. For hours. For real.
So I can’t give you my top five favorite lipsticks or top five skin care products, but I can, and WILL, give you my top five organization tips.
1 - Tidy up first
Even if you’re just doing a small part of your room, say your desk. You can’t organize anything if you have three water bottles, a stack of dirty shirts and your wrapper from last night’s candy bar snack in the way. Take five minutes or less to tidy up the area. By that I mean remove items that don’t belong and will only get in your way. If you’re doing your kitchen, get your laundry and your mail out of there, even if it’s only moving the items into another room (although preferably you would put them back wherever they go). Don’t take too long on this and stray into organizing the space. You’re not there yet. You’re just trying to get things out of the way so you can sort of start to SEE the space.
2 - Declutter
This step is a must and skipping it is a sure fire way to run into overwhelm during the process and to end up with an organization “system” that won’t stick. Face it, you’ve got too much stuff. No buts. You do. You know how I know? If you didn’t, it wouldn’t need to be organized. Because everything would have a home and it would go to that place every time you’re done using it.
I’m a fan of the KonMari method when it comes to this tip. Go by category. Pull everything out in that category into one place, like the floor, bed or dining room table and then sit among it. See it. You have SO. Much. Stuff. We all do. And you’re never going to find a home for all of it, and therefore have an organized space, until you get rid of at least some of it.
3 - Don’t be Tired, Hungry or in a Bad Mood
Organization (and decluttering) requires you be in a good mood. The reason most people avoid organization is either fearing overwhelm, or fearing getting rid of something/ losing something they will miss. These are valid concerns so my advice is not to make it worse by being tired, because you’ll get overwhelmed, or hangry, because you’ll make snap decisions you may regret. Plan ahead, take your time, and organize the mess out of your space. Literally.
4 - Turn Off the TV, but Turn on Some Tunes
Some people recommend that you organize in silence. If you can do that, great, but I suffer from the slightest bit of tinnitus and have a tendency to talk to myself (not crazy...I don’t think) so I like to have a little background noise. I think music is inspiring and motivating, two things you can always use more of when tackling a large organization project. But leave the TV off, you will probably get caught up sitting and watching instead of focusing on the task at hand, which will only drag the project on longer than it needs to take, which makes it more likely you will cut corners.
5 - Don’t Buy New Organization Systems
I am SUCH a sucker for containers. I have dreams of beautiful, color coordinated pantries and linen closets with matching containers and bins...*sigh*. But you have GOT to have some self control here. The Organization must come before the organization system purchase. If you haven’t Organized (and decluttered) How do you know which bins you need? Or how large? How will you know how many different categories of items you will have?
Also, I’d be willing to bet dollars to pesos you already have some organization bins and containers around your house that you could use. I am on a budget so the vast majority of the time I don’t have money to spend on the $18.99 a piece gorgeous mint striped organization bins from Target, drool worthy though they may be. That’s what I use Pintrest for. Instead, use old shoeboxes, Amazon delivery boxes or subscription box boxes. Raid your recycling, watch some DIY videos on youtube and save yourself some money.
Once you have a system in place that working, and you’ll know because the aforementioned area will remain tidy for longer stretches of time between organization (or ideally, forever) that is the time to splurge and really beautify it. Then do me a favor and take a picture and post it on Pintrest because I a girl needs a fix every now and then.
Bonus Tip - Only a Dollar
If you must buy some organization, I still don’t recommend spending a lot of money if your system hasn’t stood the test of time for a while. There are SO many Dollar Store Organization pins out there. Like SO many. And youtube videos. And DIYs. And let me say, I love a bargain as much as the next girl but...the vast majority of the time, the dollar store is just. Not. Worth it. With the exception of glass jars with decent good quality lids, most of the organization items at the dollar store are only a dollar for a reason. And they are junk. If it’s not too small to hold anything useful then its too flimsy to hold anything at all. For my money, Dollar General is where its at. The stuff is better quality while still being a budget friendly $2 - $5 per item.
So what do you think of these tips? Any I missed? Would you like to see more? Let me know, and Happy Organizing!
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