Beautifully Organized: Dos and Don’ts

Hello all! Arianna here of Arianna Belle Organized Interiors. Today I’m here to share with you my list of Do’s and Don’ts for one of the most common new year resolutions: getting your home organized. I hope you find the tips helpful!

DON’T give up before you even start. It can be easy to look at all the clutter, get overwhelmed, decide the task is too hard, and throw your hands up in defeat. Work in chunks and keep in mind that it can take time. One-day complete overhauls like you see on TV aren’t typical. Take it one room, corner, or cabinet at a time, you’ll get there.

DO start with a vision. Have some fun tearing out pages of magazines, pinning images from design blogs, etc. to create an inspiration board of how you want your space to look, function and feel. This will not only give you motivation and get you excited about what you’ll be working towards, but it’ll give you a criteria to judge during the editing process, whether or not particular items fit into that vision and should remain in the space.

DO create sorting categories (Keep, Don’t Keep) as well as sub-categories. Keep like items together based on type, color, function, etc.

DON’T throw all unwanted items directly into the trash. Divert as much as possible from landfills by donating items that are still in usable condition and putting paper, plastics, etc. into the recycling bin (check your city’s recycling program to see what’s recyclable – it’s probably more items than you think).

DON’T talk yourself into keeping something that you already have enough of, you never use, puts you in a bad mood, doesn’t fit you, isn’t your style, and/or doesn’t serve a functional purpose for the life you have now.

DO keep items that you love, make you happy, and help you live your best life.

DON’T keep more items than what actually fit into your space.

DO work within your space means.

DON’T go out and buy organizing products/containers prior to sorting through your belongings and determining where items will "live". Waiting will allow you to get the sizes and shapes that will maximize use of the space.

DO assign a "home" to items based on where you’re most likely to use them and how often you need to access them.

DON’T forget to label containers whose contents are not obvious.

DO use storage that will work with the existing or planned decor of your space.

DON’T bring any unnecessary items into your space. That means thinking twice prior to purchasing something new, skipping the "free gift", putting a stop to the junk mail, etc.

DO maintain your space. Make sure items return to their "home" each day, re-asses your belongings from time to time, and adapt your space as your needs change.



image credits: 1-via glitter guide, 2-via pinterest, 3-via apartment therapy, 4-scan from harper’s, 5-via fab sugar, 6-via glitter guide, 7-domino

24 thoughts on “Beautifully Organized: Dos and Don’ts

  1. Great advice, especially not buying organizers until you know what you need to organize (I’ve been there) and skipping free gifts if you know you’ll never use it (hard, but I’m working on it).

  2. This post is great! It is wonderful to know that we are not in this alone. To keep things organized you truly have to “live it everyday” cause life, work, and family all get messy sometimes. Great organization skills are truly an art! Thanks for the positive push to get my anuual editing started for 2012!

  3. Thank you so much for these tips! I’m planning to clean, organize, and paint my room but every time I think I’m ready to start I feel so overwhelmed. I’ll definitely be keeping all of this in mind when I do get to it though.

  4. I organize and declutter pretty much every 2-3 months. So I do it all the time! =)
    Thank you so much for the perfect tips! Those are exactly the things that I do when I’m re-organizing and decluttering my closet.

    Happy new year Paloma!


  5. Yay to decluttering in 2012! Great tips- and I agree keeping things that make you happy is a good way to filter, as long as you are objective and purge a bit.

  6. My friends started a company that helps you redo your closet, think through the organization process, decide what to keep, toss, consign and THEN also a personal shopping/styling service that shows you how to use what you own and what key pieces you need to buy…

    They did my closet first… pretty much staged an intervention…. It was crazy.

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