I am not a organized person. Everyone who has been to my house knows that. Keeping order and a clean tidy home is not natural for me. Another factor that aids in my struggle for organization is the lack of space I have. I love my home though. It is a 1,400 square foot pioneer home. It was built almost 100 years ago in a time when we didn't have treadmills, Kitchenaids, and televisions. Because of this my kitchen is teeny. Actually, every room is teeny.
I chose the title "Organization for the Unorganized, Creative, and Space Challenged" because I happen to be all three. So, why am I writing a post about organization? Because if you are like me, you have tried dozens of strategies, schedules, and methods. I've even tried Fly Lady about three times and many other tips. After testing tons of helpful hints, I'm going to share the ones that have stuck for me. And since many of us are setting new goals and creating new habits for the new year, I figured these tips could be helpful to you.

Here is Natashia's 8 simple tips-
1.       Everything should have a purpose.

Nothing should be in your home unless it has a purpose. Now the word purpose can be interpreted differently according to your preference. Sentimental and decorative items can be a hard call. But If you haven't used an item recently ask yourself, "Is _________ serving any purpose, and what is it?". In the case of sentimental items you can ask yourself, "Would ________ (giver of the gift) be offended if I gave this item away?".
2.       Have a place for EVERYTHING.

Everything in your home should have a place. I have a place for my donation items, mending, paperwork, misc. pieces that I've found, etc. I mean everything. If there isn't a place for it, then it will most likely end up on the floor in a pile.
3.       Get rid of things often.
 Number one and two bring me to number three. If there isn't a purpose for the item or a place for it then it might be time to say goodbye. As mentioned, I have a place for these items also. Once the bag is big enough I take the items straight to the thrift store donation drive thru.
Another option is selling your unwanted goods. Craigslist is a great place to start. Another option is doing a yard sale.  Just be careful that you don't hold onto that item hoping to sell it forever. If it doesn't sell then it's time to say goodbye.
My general rule is- I won't try to sell anything under $10. Those items go to the thrift store. Selling takes time and space to hold that item. How much is your time/ space worth?
 It can be empowering to let go and de-junk. Before having my baby I went through a serious purge thanks to those nesting feelings. And can I say it felt great! I haven't missed a thing!  
4.       Put things away, right away.
Right as my kids walk through the door I remind them to hang up their coats and put their shoes on the shelf. They're pretty good at it now. If you take care of the item right away you won't have to pick it up later.

5.       Use space where you can get it.

I really don't have a lot of space so I've gotten creative. I have organizers hanging off of every door. I put stuff vertical, on top, and under everything I can. I use the space under every dresser and bed. I use the space behind my couch for frames and my violin case. I have a paper organizer hanging above my computer even as I type this. When you have a small space you have to use what you have.
6.       Keep the most used items in the most accessible places.
Do you use your beautiful glass drink dispenser everyday? If not, then it shouldn't be on your counter top. I know it's beautiful and you want to show it to others. But unless you have more countertops than you know what to do with, then it needs to be stored somewhere else. Those countertops are prime real estate. On the flip side, don't keep your favorite scarf on the top shelf in your closet. Organize according to usage frequency.
7.     Use organizing tools.

When you don't have space you need to use every inch, as mentioned in number five. In order to do that you might need help from some organizing tools. I use them everywhere. These metal shelves are fantastic in the kitchen.
I love to use drawer organizers! You can purchase these at Wal-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and most other larger stores. The black organizers are from IKEA. I found the shelf actually at a thrift store so don't be afraid to look there.  
8.   Stick to your task.

If my husband knew I was writing this one he would have a giant smirk on his face. So the story is that his mother used to say this little poem to his family growing up. It goes like this-
“Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place, and praise
Will always come to the one who stays.
Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories after a while.”
—Author Unknown

Guess who he says it to now? Yep, you guessed it. But really this is one of my personal goals. I am really easily distracted when I am cleaning. I start folding laundry and get up because I hear the kids bickering and boy oh boy there it starts. So since the beginning of this year, I have been trying to finish a task before going to another one. I personally know how hard this can be having kids around. But it is true, it feels like victory to check something off your to-do list and knowing it didn't take all day to do it.
  I am still on a quest to be better at these tips and find new ones. When I find I am consistent at these tips it makes a huge difference.  I bet some of you are organizing queens. Feel free to share what has worked for you!
Oh, and here's another site that I have found extremely helpful called organizingmadefun. Have a great week!



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