5 Reasons Your Home is a Mess (And 5 Things You Can Do About It)

Home Organization is the Key to Peace of Mind

You move in, you unpack and you start living there, right? Well, there’s more to it than that, at least there is if you want your home to be a comfortable, attractive sanctuary that you’re proud to invite your friends and family to. Home organization isn’t difficult if you do a little planning and preparation. Below are the top 5 reasons why you’re home isn’t what you want it to be.

1. You have too much stuff

In truth, having too much stuff isn’t really the problem, it’s having too much stuff for the storage you have available. Most people are paralyzed by the thought of going through their things and discarding a good portion of them. That fear alone accounts for a big part of the feelings of overwhelm and the resulting procrastination. Don’t discard your things yet, just get your clutter contained and out of the way. This will make some breathing room on your surfaces and in your cabinets and closets.  Truthfully, the discarding process should come later when your head is clear and you can do it in small bites. Once you have a bit of clarity you can start making some grounded decisions about what to keep and what to offload.

2. You don’t have a plan for the things that pass through your home

 I call them transients. These things just pass through on the way to the recycling center or garbage dump, they’re never meant to stay in your home. I’m talking about things like mail, newspapers and magazines, packaging, food… If you don’t have systems in place to deal with these things, then they do nothing but create clutter. Setting up a plan to address these temporary items will help them pass through your home with less collateral damage.

3. Your belongings don’t have a forever home

How can you put something away if it doesn’t an “away” to be put in? You fill your forever homes with all sorts of unnecessary items. Clearing out your cabinets and closets of the less important items makes room for your essentials – the things you use often. Home organization is just a matter of balancing your storage space with your belongings.

4. You’re not practicing 1-step accessibility

The forever home you give your belongings should be based on how often you use them. Things you use every day should be immediately accessible – meaning you shouldn’t have to move something else to get to them. Making sure that you can retrieve these things from – and return them to – their rightful place with one simple motion will ensure that you will be much more likely to put them away after using them.

5. Your haven’t efficiently set up your home

Look at the layout of your home. You may have trouble cleaning it because it’s awkwardly laid out. What furniture you choose and where you put it makes a big difference in how your home functions. Case goods supplement your built in storage and help you create more forever homes for your belongings. Once your belongings are squared away, it’s important to select furniture that’s the right scale for your room. This will go a long way in making your home function efficiently. And that can help you keep it organized and clutter free as a rule, not an exception.

Too often we overlook these 5 basic aspects of an organized home. That can leave you feeling overwhelmed and powerless. If you can find a way to address these issues you can make a big difference in how your home functions and how you feel in it. I address these problems and more in my home organization course, The Home in Your Head. It’s not open at the moment, but I open it up periodically.

12 thoughts on “5 Reasons Your Home is a Mess (And 5 Things You Can Do About It)

  • March 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
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    Very well said. I’m guilty on all five reasons

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    • March 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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      It just takes a little attention to those issues and you can turn things around!

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  • March 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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    I love that you posted this in time for spring cleaning! I can’t wait to get home and put these tips to use.

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    • March 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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      It’s that season! Clear that clutter and decimate that dust…

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  • March 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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    I’m moving to another city and state this summer. I’ll definitely keep these five things in mind as I decide what to keep and what not.

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    • March 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm
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      Good luck with your move. Have a look at this tip for packing breakables.

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  • March 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm
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    Excellent advice, Brini! Thank you for suggestions that make good sense! Dee

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    • March 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm
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      My pleasure Dee!

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  • March 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm
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    Just the kick in the tush I needed to face the music of my mess!

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    • March 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm
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      How lyrical! You do have a way with words…

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  • March 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    I would like more in depth help with all the mail and papers that are constantly incoming. I don’t have time to scan everything or electronic storage space. I keep too much stuff and collect so much vintage that I need to stop! Haha. I wish you were here Brini to help!

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    • March 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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      Look for my home organization course opening up soon. The Home in Your Head… In it, I deal with all types of clutter – including paper clutter.

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