Hello! My name is Janel Ralat and I am One Organized Mama! I am a professional organizer in the Las Vegas area. I have a passion for organizing and eventually turned that passion into my own business. I’m here to help my clients Enjoy Life Organized!
As a busy wife and mother of three I realized that the infinite daily duties, lists, and obligations can be overwhelming. Through my experiences I’ve learned techniques to get through it all with your sanity intact.
There are 4 steps that can be applied to organize any space from mail to closets to garages to your home office and I want to help with all of it!
CREATE A HOME
Let’s start with DECLUTTER. For many this is harder than it sounds but in order to have an organized space you must chuck the junk! Here are a few steps to help you get started:
- Start small. Either one stack of paper, one pile of clothes, or one closet. You can even use a timer and set it to 5, 10, 15 minutes. Only do what you can in the allotted time. When it “dings”, STOP and move on.
- Make 2-3 simple piles. TRASH, DONATE, and KEEP. Quickly place each item in one of the piles.
- Once you are done with the pile or the timer dings, throw trash away, place donated items in bag or box next to door for your next trip out, and move on to the next step.
CREATE A HOME- Now take the KEEP pile and find a home for every item in that pile in your home. The home doesn’t have to be permanent. It can always change later. This will also force you to reconsider items that you thought you needed but now that you have to create a space for it, may realize it’s not worth keeping. Here are a few ideas on creating a home:
- Put items where you use them most. Homework supplies near where kids do homework, filing system where you open mail and pay bills, etc.
- Group like items together.
- Store frequently used items where you can easily access them. Seasonal or less frequently used items in back of closets or high shelves.
LABEL- Whether you share your home with a spouse, roommate, children, or occasional guest it’s always helpful for others to know where stuff goes when it’s time to clean up. So consider labeling drawers, shelves, and of course files for paperwork. You don’t need to get fancy. Just make sure the adhesive will not damage your surface. I personally like the 3M Command adhesive products. Or utilize some of those craft/scrapbook supplies. Good ol’ fashioned masking tape does the job too! Labels don’t have to be permanent. Labels can be removed once everyone knows where stuff goes.
MAINTAIN- Ahhh…..as you smile and admire your lovely new clean and organized space, a dark cloud may slowly roll in and hover above your head. It will whisper to you, “this space may not stay this way”. Your family will want to start coming into this room now that they can actually see the furniture that’s in here. It’s clean, it’s quiet and it’s pretty. Before you banish all living creatures great and small from the space consider this…you can easily maintain this space! Here are a couple of tips:
- THE TIMER METHOD- This is the method I referred to in the DECLUTTER step. Here’s how it works. Get an egg timer (any timer will do!) and set an amount of time to go from room to room to straighten up. For example go into your first room, set the timer for five minutes, and clean. Everything should have a place where it belongs and once the timer “dings!” move on to the next room, reset and start again. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in small doses of time! This also keeps you focused and less likely to get distracted. It also helps if you bring a cleaning bucket with you with basics such as trash bags, dusting spray, window cleaner, and a few cleaning cloths.
- MAKE YOUR BED THEORY- Okay, how many of you make your bed every single morning? Don’t be ashamed if you don’t. This is one of the first questions I ask my clients when getting them on a regular routine. This is about creating good habits and maintaining them. Every day I make my bed, do one load of laundry, and make sure the kitchen is cleaned before I go to bed. It sounds like a little but it’s a lot to keep up with for many of us. Try my “Make Your Bed” challenge for one week. This gets you started on a good cleaning routine AND gives you a comfy space in your home that is orderly.
Thank you for allowing me to share my organizing tips with you! I’m available for personal organizing services in the Las Vegas area AND I offer eOrganize services for those of you who need help outside of Las Vegas.
Enjoy Life Organized!