This week’s article will be a little different! Instead of myself writing, I have a special guest blogger named Lynn here to give you all some tips about how to keep your space organized! Lynn is a 24 year old living in Canada. She has a blog at https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com/ full of home decor/styling, DIY crafts, and delicious recipes! Lynn loves content creating and sharing different things through all of her platforms. Read below for her social media links to check out all of her amazing work!
New year, new me, right? I know that it’s super cliché but it’s not a bad thing to wait till the New Year to form good habits! While it’s important to keep starting new healthy habits throughout the year, we’re all guilty of having New Year’s resolutions.
A common trend right now is living as a minimalist or more importantly, living intentionally. In 2020, I’ve truly made conscious decisions to live a more intentional life. My goal is to keep my mind and surroundings clutter/stress-free. I believe the best way to do so is to keep your space organized daily.
I’ve never been a routine person but I’m starting to form routines now. Part of my routine is organizing what I do in a day. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve been a messy person all my life. Especially when I lived with my parents, I didn’t care about being tidy. But the more I grew older, the more obvious stress from adulting came and I needed to find an outlet to declutter my life.
Keep in mind, these habits form over time! Don’t get discouraged if you break the habit and are having a rough start. You’ll get there!
Make your bed everyday
If you work or study from home, this one is especially helpful! I wake up, make my bed and tidy my bedside table. It makes it way easier to resist going back to bed at any time of day for a nap as well as puts you in a better mood immediately as you are ready to start the day! It helps you unwind too, when you’re done for the day and headed to your bedroom to find a nice clean and cozy bed.
Do the dishes as they are in the sink
I cook about 3-4 times a week and I usually do my meals in good batches to have leftovers to eat for the week. Preparing meals is tiring. There’s lots of prepping, cooking, storing and cleaning. By the time you are done with all your meals, the nicest thing you could do for yourself is to do is relax. Usually, I use my dishwasher about 5 days a week and as I’m cooking, I’m packing up the dishwasher to load. I didn’t have a dish washer till earlier this year but it would be the same! I would wash the dishes manually while cooking. If time is super important to you like it is to me, make sure that you’re not spending unnecessary time on these little things. As a content creator, I value every minute of my time!
Put things back as soon as you use them
I am super guilty about this! I feel like my brain runs at such a fast speed that I can’t keep up with it. I’m a little impulsive and admit that I often jump from one project to another. When I’m crafting or cooking especially, I find myself taking out all these different spices and materials. When I’m done, I look at my surroundings and realized that I had taken everything out of their drawers and now it’s incredibly messy. I’ve now been taking one thing at a time and if I could help it, I put it back immediately! These few seconds can be super helpful in the long run!
Every time you leave a room, make a habit to tidy it up before entering the next room
I love this one so much! I think out of all tips, this would be my most favorite. This is obviously only applicable if you have a home with lots of rooms/space but keeping the room you’re in clean most times of the day will calm you down! My husband and I recently moved into a 4-bedroom townhouse with 3 washrooms, a garage and patio space and it’s a lot for just us two. I have basically claimed a part of every room and before leaving one room I make it a habit to clean up.
For example, I like to work in the living room. I test some recipes, art, I take lots of product photography, edit all my content and film videos! So, you bet it gets messy. When I want to leave, and go into the bedroom or my upstairs office, I’ll clean up my workspace so that way, when I want to work in the living room again, I have a clean work area!
Design/buy cute labels
I swear everyone got those same labels that are all over Pinterest and Instagram! Everyone’s organization kick started in March this year when the world sort of shut down due to the pandemic. I’m a very aesthetic person but I haven’t put nice labels on everything yet. I usually just have labels using masking tape and a sharpie and call it a day. Even if my labels aren’t cute, it has helped me so much trying to find something. We moved into our new place back in June, and I packed everything so nicely and labelled everything. When we were unpacking, it was super easy to put everything where it belonged. Our movers could read what room things would go in and everything went quite smoothly! Doing the same will help to keep your space organized!
There’s my list! I hope you enjoyed reading this as I enjoyed writing it! Just a reminder, that these things don’t happen overnight. It’s a habit that needs to form. I went from a messy teenager to an organized woman within 10 years! But if you follow them consistently, you will be able to always keep your space organized!
It’s always the little steps that you take daily that change your life and once you start one of these habits, you’ll look back and think wow, I was not like this a year ago.
Ending my guest blog post shortly, but I wanted to say that life can be as cozy and as happy as you make it to be! I’m determined to help everyone find this love for life and I hope you are one of them!
For a bedroom specific speed clean, click here to read another easy, 5 step system! This system goes hand and hand with the daily steps you just read about and is perfect to keep your space organized in the bedroom!