The One Rule to Staying Organized

It's an unspoken rule that kind of has to be followed. One that I realized very quickly after moving from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhouse, with full basement storage, into a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in the city- with 0 basement storage.  You cannot accommodate around your belongings, you have to accommodate around your space. Sorry to break it to you, but your stuff takes a back seat to your space. I know what you're thinking- my shoe collection will just have to fit awkwardly in my closet forever and forever, digging for my favorite pair is just part of my routine. On the day of my move I openly and willingly admit to panicking and saying out loud "where is all this actually going to fit?". That was followed by a blank stare, a longer than normal one. But I did what I do. I strategized inside the walls of our new space. I let go of more items we didn't need or used. I looked at opportunities within the space to get a little creative, I measured closets, cabinets and made it my mission to make sure we would fall in love with our new home and not feel like the walls were caving in on us. There are no magic tricks or secrets involved. You have to be willing to look at your habits, what you are holding onto and ask yourself if feeling crammed and cluttered in your home is worth it. Regardless of how much space you have, always accommodate the space not your possessions. When things get too cluttered, edit and then edit again. In my experience you won't miss what you have decided to donate or toss, you will just be really excited about all the space you've opened up and you're going to save alot of time by not digging for the other shoe. I promise.

 Always accommodate the space, not your possessions. When things get too cluttered, edit and then edit again.

I thought about the most common items and areas that are a cause for clutter and took some pictures in our home of how we keep them organized (for the most part). I'm a big fan of what I call "out in the open hiding spots" as you'll see from some of the systems that work pretty well for us. It's never about perfection but about simple, easy solutions. Here's a little tour of my space from the entryway and kitchen to the bathroom and bedroom closet. Don't judge, it's not always this neat :)

Entryway

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Living room

Hallway

Dining room

Closet

Bathroom

Linens

If you suddenly have an urge to start decluttering I have some good news. Just head to my Youtube channel here, where you're going to find an endless supply of videos with tips on getting your space to work for you not against you. You can also hang out here on the Organized for Life site and find more blog posts centered around embracing your space. If you liked this post please comment or spread the love and share.

Always on a mission to help you embrace your space,

Lauren