How to Begin (Without Being Overwhelmed)
Are you ready to begin the journey of organizing your space? It can be overwhelming - trust me, I know, but getting organized can lead to plethora of benefits. You will not only gain a cleaner, more uniform looking home, but also a great deal of peace of mind! If you've found yourself in the seemingly never ending cycle of wanting to start, not knowing how, then giving up until you feel inspired again, you've come to the right place.
One of my favorite quotes by Tony Robbins reads, "If you talk about it, it's a dream; if you envision it, it's possible; but if you schedule it, it's real." This mindset is what pushed me to begin Gaby's Gotcha and inspired me to teach others how to organize their space. For some, a clean and organized home seems like just a far away dream. One with never enough time, resources, or energy to actually achieve. I'm here to tell you differently. Let's begin on how to, well, begin!
Before you start to make physical changes around your home, you must shift your mindset into the perception that this is for you. Not your spouse, not your children, not your pets or visiting family or friends - you. What is your top priority for organizing your home? It could be any reason: to get rid of clutter, make time for yourself to relax, you can't sleep unless your space is clean (this one is definitely me), you want to make cooking in the kitchen easier, projects around easier, etc. Whatever your top priority is, start there.
As an example, say you want to organize your home and you spend most of your time in the bedroom. *Note that I say your time. Not time you spend benefitting anyone else, just the time you allocate for yourself. Formulate a plan for what you'd like to do (buy organizers, thoroughly declutter your closet, maybe new furniture to aid your new systems), allocate time to do it (I typically give myself at least 4 hours for a single room), and execute! Start small. Take this time with the set intention of finding out what systems work best for you. It may not be perfect at first, but it's a start.
Learning what works best for you in your personal space makes organizing in others areas of the house much easier to translate. Try not to focus too much on getting it right the first time, learning how to organize effectively for yourself/ your family takes time and plenty of trial and error. Don't get discouraged. Also, open yourself up to a new mindset of organized living. It's often too easy to accept mess as it is and let it consume you - don't let it! Like I mentioned early, it's a journey and deserves to be treated as such. Last, but not least: be kind to yourself when your home is in disarray. Nobody's home is perfect 100% of the time, the goal is not to let useless clutter buildup and effect your life - not make yourself feel bad for having a messy home. Best of luck on your organization journey and if this doesn't seem like something for you, you can always message me to come organize for you!