How to Stay Sane in Small Living Spaces – Part 4
Welcome! This is the last article in the small living spaces article series. If you missed the previous articles, start here first. We've covered a lot on ways to keep your sanity in a small home and I wanted to share one final thing about organization.
We've lived in small homes that lacked storage space and we've lived in a big home that had more than enough storage space. Don't be fooled. A big home can become just as disorganized as a small home. Because why? Because of the person who is using it. It doesn't matter if you have a 500 or 3,000 sqft home if the stuff isn't getting organized as it gets stored. If you're like me, you have a tendency to throw stuff in a closet because it's quick and convenient at the moment.
It takes a bit of effort to change our ways, but once we get into the habit of going the extra mile to make sure things are organized, it becomes second nature and it doesn't feel like such a chore.
An organized house takes some upkeep. We can't organize it once and be done; we have to be working on it and making sure we put things back where they go so that things don't get out of hand.
Of course, we don't need an organized home. But if you're looking for a simpler life with less stress, an organized home may be just what you need to keep your sanity, especially when space is limited.
So, we've already talked about putting stuff back in its designated spot when you're done using it, but what if you need to get back on track?
Take five minutes and do a power clean-up. Organize as much stuff as you can. Take the clothes you've thrown into your closet or on the shelf or in the drawer and fold them. When you have another five minutes to spare, focus on the next area of your home.
The simple act of progress can make all the difference in the world. If you're stressing out because your home is always a mess, start making progress in those areas you notice the most. If you're still having trouble finding a place for everything (after you've gone through the first three parts of this article series), you might have to make a tough decision to get rid of it. Do you really need it? Could you live without it?
Small homes don't have a lot of storage space. If an item isn't something you foresee yourself using in the next six months or year, ask yourself why you need it. Is it really necessary that you hang onto it when it's contributing to a messy or disorganized home? If it's something you must keep, then figure out how to store it so it can have its designated spot in an organized location.
Remember, the purpose of organizing your small home is so you can reduce stress and make the most of the space you have.
I hope all of these tips have helped. Stay tuned for more helpful tips next week!