Your Path to Cozy: Keeping Your Home Tidy
After decluttering and you’ve honed your belongings down to your beloveds, you still have to figure out where it all goes. Plus, you have something else to reckon with: space. And that can be the most difficult to deal with.
Where should things go now? What makes the most sense?
I’m not an interior decorator by any means, but I can feel my way through my own space. And I’ll teach you how to do this as well. Because this is your space. Let’s take control of it.
Trust Your Instincts
This is the best advice I can give. Doing this on your own, you’ll have to. There are things you can do to be your own interior decorator, and this is the fun part!
Here’s what I do, and you can pretty much jump in anywhere. This a more cyclical process than a linear one:
1. Refill your space with only your stuff.
Even if you have some organizing tools in there already, keep them out. See how your space now holds your stuff. Maybe you’ll need something different to organize it. Maybe you won’t need anything at all.
2. Group “Like” items together.
This will be up to you what you consider “like.” As you’ll see in the video, I decided to group cans together. I also grouped pastas together, snack items, and spices.
3. Just try it.
You could try to formulate a map of your kitchen if that works for you, like an actual blueprint if that inspires you, but I prefer to experiment, and just see what happens as I follow my instincts. This is what makes this fun for me. You can always change it if it doesn’t work!
4. Take note of what’s NOT working.
Here’s where your notebook comes in handy. Once you’ve put everything away in your first attempt, step back and see what’s working and what isn’t. Jot down a note about what’s not working about it. You don’t even have to fully know what’s not working, just pinpoint at least one word that describes it.
5. Brainstorm some solutions.
This is also fun for me. Looking at something that’s not quite working and thinking through different ideas to fix it. Try to think outside of the box. Look at what’s not working and think to yourself, If I could magically fix this, what would it look like? Did you invent some sort of shelving system in your mind? Or some oddly shaped containers that would be perfect for pastas? It might actually exist.
In fact, it probably does. Maybe it’s not marketed as an organizational tool. Maybe it’s the shape of something often sold for bathrooms or offices. But the shape of what you’re after is out there. Maybe you could even make it from things you already own.
We are still playing Tetris after all. It’s all about finding the right shapes to fit your space.
6. What did other people do to solve the problem?
Armed with my notebook of problems to solve, sometimes I turn to the internet to find out what ingenious things other people have done. I’m always amazed at what people come up with. If you think the problem you’re trying to solve is unique, it’s not (probably anyway). Someone else was in your shoes and found a great solution that could maybe work for you too.
Jump onto Pinterest, Instagram, Google.
7. Permission to windowshop.
Sometimes I think I’m so clever, thinking there’s no way what I need has already been made, then a quick browse on Target.com and I’m proven wrong almost instantly. I may not actually buy it, but it can help to see what’s out there. There are so many organizing tools out there. Just hone in on what you think is going to truly work before going crazy buying all the things. Don’t let the fill-me-up monster jump in the driver’s seat. Know where the thing you’re going to buy is going to go ahead of time.
8. Live in your new space.
As you go about your life, you’ll recognize if things are working. Keep your notebook handy. Write down things as they come up. It can be little, anything from, this one bottle fits so perfectly in the fridge, but it keeps falling over, or I liked how this whole cupboard looks, but as I go about my life, things just aren’t where I need them to be.
Keep adjusting if you need to. Find those little solutions. You’ll notice the flow of energy gets smoother the more you find the small fixes. And that’s what gets you to your cozy home!