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Organizing as a Form of Self-Care

One of the social media groups I’m in does self-care Sunday every weekend, and there are a lot of posts about taking time for yourself, bubble baths, and buying something you really want as a way to be kind to yourself – and those are all great ideas – but organizing things around your home can also be a form of self-care.

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Decluttering as Self-Care

When you declutter your living space, it reduces the stress you feel, and that makes it a form of self-care when you declutter.

Organizing and working on things around the house may not feel like taking care of yourself right off the bat, but if you think of the satisfaction you get when completing a task that makes your environment more beautiful, you can start to see the self care in performing routine tasks.

Managing stress and self care is a holistic process, in the sense that if one part of your life is out of balance, it’s a sign that everything is. People can typically understand your psychological state by looking at your physical environment.

Self-Care for Everyone

Personal self-care is the foundation we all build upon when we want to level-up in life. Without practicing self care, especially the kind of emotional self care that’s bolstered by tidying and beautifying our surroundings, we can end up stuck, fighting the same battles over and over.

This interesting TED talk on self care discusses why taking care of yourself first isn’t selfish.

Now, if you absolutely hate organizing, tidying up, or cleaning the house, by all means, you should hit the spa for a facial or massage, but keep in mind that self care is more than just pampering yourself, and if organizing benefits you, then it’s self care, too.

Storage for Small Spaces

Getting back to the organizing aspect of self care and self-wellness, if you’re working with a small space it can be hard to keep things organized, so you may need to get or make some storage solutions for small spaces.

Self care, wellness, and positivity can be enhanced by having a place to put all your things and having those things in their places when you need to get them.

These solutions for storage can include plastic bins that stack neatly in your closet, cardboard boxes that hold items in an organized way in your dresser drawers. Storage solutions can even be decorative, like cute baskets filled with small items on a wall shelf that matches the decor in your home.

Closet Storage Solutions

There are a lot of companies that will design custom closets that are suited to your personal organizing needs, and there are also closet solutions available in hardware stores and online venues.

If you’re working with a smaller space, you may be able to apply some no-closet solutions for storage, such as hanging shoe racks, over-the-door hooks, corner shelves, and curio cabinets.

I actually have a shelf that’s kind of rickety and clunky in my closet, but it helps me keep my things organized and gives me a place to keep seasonal items packed neatly out of the way.

Learning self-care helps you rewire your brain and the magic of tidying up is, strangely enough, an important part of healthy self care.

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Decluttering Tips for a Small Bathroom

Small spaces can be the most challenging to organize because there just isn’t a place to store everything you need.

This is as true for the bathroom as it is for any room in your home or office: when you create a place to put things, it’s so much easier to have a neat and organized living space.

Decluttering Tips for a Small Bathroom

Corner Shelves Take advantage of corners: Corners often get ignored when it comes to decorating and storage – especially storage. However, small items, such as the toilet brush, spare rolls of toilet paper, and even cleaning supplies can be stored out of sight in triangular cabinets and shelves.

Use the wall space effectively: The space above eye level is an ideal spot to hang shelves and small cabinets, or even hanging  baskets for storing things like towels and washcloths, or healthcare and beauty supplies.

Over-the-Shower Caddy Use a shower caddy: A shower caddy that hangs over the shower head or is suspended with suction cups provides a place to keep your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, as well as shavers and a washcloth or body puff.

Install an over-the-door hook: An over-the-door hook (or two) gives you a place to hang a robe, a towel, a change of clothes, or even a small mesh laundry bag, which can replace a hamper in your small bathroom.

Under Counter Storage Baskets Use containers in available space: If you are lucky enough to have under-counter space in your small bathroom, take advantage of it for storage and organizing purposes. Use plastic containers and baskets to store things in, and label them so you can quickly find your things when you need them.

You can have pretty much everything you need to get ready on hand in your bathroom, even if it’s small, by taking advantage of organizing tools like hooks, shelving, shower caddies, and corner shelves.

10 Best, Easy Tips for Organizing Your Home

Reducing stress by reducing clutter is an easy way to make an almost instant positive feeling in your life, so browse through this list of ten easy ways to start getting organized around the house.

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10 Best, Easy Tips for Organizing Your Home

No matter how big the mess is, getting organized almost always starts at the same place.

  1. You have to sort things and you have to have a place to put them.
  2. If every inch of space is filled with clutter, then you have to make a new space for things as you sort them.
  3. Plastic bins for storage are perfect for creating a space to put things, so the sorted items are separate from the rest.
  4. This also lets you see your progress by simply looking into the storage containers.
  5. Get at least one large storage bin, because when you really start making progress, your storage containers fill up fast!
  6. A large bin lets you work longer without stopping or shifting your focus away from your organizing task.
  7. If you don’t need it, throw it away, sell it, or donate it to charity.
  8. Pace yourself – if you over-do it and end up with an aching back or sore legs, it’s tempting to give up.
  9. Make daily progress and record it in a diary or photo journal. This gives you something to be proud of – and increased self-esteem reduces the chance of you becoming a clutter-re-offender.
  10. Ask for help or share your  stress with someone who has been through it – or someone who is going through it now.

Feel free to share your best organizing tips or ask for ideas if you find you’re just stumped on how to tackle an organizing project,