I’m a big believer that once you clear out the clutter — literally — in your life, it makes room f0r good things to come. I’ve been cleaning out my life all summer starting with the people in it, but the process won’t work unless everything is cleared out! Including my room and bathroom.
I can’t even remember the last time I cleaned my bathroom and I knew I was in for a battle. I’m usually good about cleaning out my closet at least once a year, but somehow, the clutter always finds its way back.
My mission this time around was to create a system so that there won’t be so much of a mess no matter how crazy my life gets. And to do it all on a budget!
Warning: Getting organized is a long process! I’m not even done yet and I’ve been cleaning and organizing for three days. I will be updating periodically with my progress and sharing tips.
Here is my step-by-step guide:
1) Start with your bathroom. Bathrooms are (generally) smaller than bedrooms, so start there. I went from my bathroom counter, to the mini-shelves, to the huge cabinets under my sink which haven’t been touched in years!
2) Clear everything out. Get a big trash bag and start tossing all of the things you haven’t used in over a year or are empty. I had so many empty hair products and make-up products that I didn’t even know were there! I also put some things aside that I knew my friends or family would want instead of throwing them away.
3) Combine. Have more than one of the same product? Combine the two! I had two half-bottles of Moroccan oil so I combined them together and got to toss out one of the bottles.
4) Leave everything out and figure out how to maximize the space you have. I tossed two large trash bags full of stuff (gross) and left the rest out to reorganize later.
5) Clean your desk. I don’t know about you guys, but my desk gets messy so quick! I put everything from my clothes on my desk chair, to my purses on my actual desk. It’s extra storage space basically! But not anymore. If I don’t have a organized room, my life won’t be organized. So, I went to my desk and cleared it out. Now it looks professional and clean, regardless of whether I actually use it!
6) Tackle that closet. Okay, this is the hardest for me to do. Probably because I am a hoarder. Start with going through everything you have on hangers. I did a quick look at all my hanging clothes and started a pile of all the stuff I haven’t worn in the past 2 years. If you haven’t worn it in at least a year, chances are, you probably won’t wear it ever again. I keep this pile in a corner and have my friends and family come get first dibs before I donate them. I prefer people I know taking my clothes so if I ever decide I need to wear it, I can just go borrow it back!
7) Go through your shelves/dressers. I started with taking all of my socks/bras/underwear/belts and putting it on my bed. I threw out all the junk and reorganized! Then I started with all my folded clothes and made a huge dent.
8) Evaluate your space. See what you would need to help you get reorganized. For me, I saw I needed some bathroom bins and stackable drawers in my closet since I don’t have a dresser.
9) Go to Bed, Bath & Beyond or your local Container Store/Marshalls/Target. Bed, Bath & Beyond is the most [typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14″ size_format=”px” color=”#ff6666″]Bougie-On-A-Budget[/typography] place you can go to. Their prices can’t be beat and you can get coupons for 20% off! I picked up 2 stackable drawers for my closet, and a tray for my bathroom. I already had some things from Marshall’s for $5 each that I spruced up and added to my closet.
10) Get to work! With your new tools and more space, it’s time to put it all back in a clean, organized, and fun way. You’d be surprised how accomplished you’ll feel when you’re done!
Now it’s time to get to organizing my shoes and finding a place for my purses! Will keep you posted!
xo [typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14″ size_format=”px” color=”#ff6666″]NM[/typography]