“Make your house a member of the family.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach
We are spending more time in our homes right now, and part of your self-care plan during this time may involve organizing. Organizing reconnects you with your home and helps increase a feeling of control over your life at a time when things feel out of control.
How to get started with organizing right now?
- Start with a identifying a few keywords. How do you want to feel in your space? How do you want to spend time in your space? What is important to you and your family? These words will serve as a guide as you are making decisions about what to keep and let go of in your space.
- Set realistic expectations with yourself and family. Yes, we are home more, and that time at home might be filled with new work from home routines, e-learning for families with children, care taking for smaller children or elderly relatives. There might be limited time to accomplish what you would like to accomplish, so be gentle with yourself. You don’t have to do it all. Ever. Consider taking on small projects. What is your pain point area? The junk drawer that won’t close all the way? The overwhelming Tupperware cabinet? Untangle these knots. Or give yourself a few minutes to walk around and identify 2-3 items that clearly bring you joy and a feeling of ease.
- Get kids involved and give them some control over their spaces and lives. They are facing the same challenges as adults right now with a loss of control and autonomy. They can choose a few keywords to describe they want to feel in their rooms. Consider projects that they can tackle on their own depending on their ages and interest. They might be able to sort out clothes that no longer fit, toys that are from a previous phase in their lives. How can they help in another area of the house?
- Shop in your home, and find treasures. This is another great way to get kids involved. No need (or opportunity) to shop for storage solutions right now. Hunt for baskets in your own home. Almost every client I’ve worked with so far ends up with an abundance of baskets. What can you use these for? Corralling school related items and books or designating a basket per kid for snacks each day. Also, almost every client I’ve worked with finds money in the form of unused gift cards, cash and lots of change in old bags/purses, uncashed checks, items to be returned. Consider your keywords identified above, what’s important to you, and search your home for items that will help you turn up the volume on what you want in your space.
Our homes are doing a lot for us right now. We can use some of this time to care for them and in the process of doing so, care for ourselves.
Megan Spillman, KonMari consultant and founder of Peace and Tidy