Organizing your home does not need to be difficult. You just need to get started and take that first step. One of the first things that you need to know about organizing your home is that it is as much about getting rid of the clutter taking up space in your home as it is about organizing what you have. So lets move on to step one . . .
Step 1: What do you want this room to look like?
Define what you want this room to look like. This is critical because you can't get to where you want to go unless you know what that "where" looks like. Answering the following questions will help get started in organizing your home. How do you want this room to function? How do you want to feel when you're in it? What do you want to do in this room? What do you really want to use this room for? What is its primary purpose?
Make sure that the other people who share this space with you can agree on the answers to these questions. Organizing your home is a challenge that needs to involve everyone who shares the space. You all have to live in it so agree on what that should look like. This will mean compromise and really listening to the others in your home about the concerns they have about the space.
Step 2: Go through every item in the room.
Remember when I talked about getting rid of the clutter? This is where you do it. Because organizing your home is a big project, don't feel like you need to do this all at once. Going through a drawer here and a shelf there is a great way to break down the project into more manageable pieces. But make sure that you do go through EVERY item in the room.
And there is only one of two ways the item can go: keep or get rid of. Be brutal here. Don't keep things that you know you don't want or use. Organizing your home means making sure that the things you have fit in the space you have. If it does not fit in the space you have, it needs to go.
Step 3: Make your vision a reality.
Here is where you put into action the vision of how you want the room to look that you created in step 1. Here is where organizing your home gets really fun. You get to create the perfect room. You get to make it look exactly how you want it to look.
This step involves making sure that what is left in the room are only the things that you really want in the room. Only leave in the room those items that contribute to your vision of how you want the room to look, feel like and function as. Organizing your home means that you have a place for everything. This is where you get to define that.
If there was ever a unique service provided to households, junk removal services are exactly that. These services will take your junk and will dispose of it in the proper manner so that you don't have to do it all yourself. Sometimes the junk that you have may be way beyond your handling capabilities, so you call on the junk removal service of your choice to get it done for you. When utilizing these services, you would be quite amazed at what kind of difference it makes.
How much of a difference do they make? They make quite a difference. If you are renovating your home and you have a lot of junk that is getting in your way, a junk removal service will clear out the obstacles for you. However, it is important that you choose a service that will provide you with the services that you need. This is because not one junk removal service is the same. They all get things done differently.
What does a good junk removal service do?
A good junk removal service will not waste your time, will carefully screen all of their workers to make sure your belongings will not be tampered with, they won't walk off of the job before they finish it, and the workers will have good moral character. That means they should treat you with respect when coming to haul off all of that unwanted junk.
The junk removal company should be able to take around 70% of the junk that is retrieved and recycle it. This means that not all of your junk is going to end up in a landfill somewhere where it can hurt the environment. In fact, having a junk removal service dispose of your junk is probably the most responsible thing that you can do because they are going to make sure that everything is disposed of properly.
They may also take pieces of furniture and other salvageable items and have them fixed for use in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, low income homes, and other uses that give them a second life. Even soil can get a second go around. If the soil is usable, then the junk removal company will donate it to greenhouses and nurseries because they can always use good soil. If you have any green waste, the junk removal will make sure it is placed within lakes and ponds because the aquatic life can thrive on it.
As for what can't be disposed of is common sense. Anything that is considered to be a hazardous material cannot be removed. This is for the safety of the junk removal service's workers and for the environment. There is also the fact that they may not have a license to remove hazardous waste. The best way to learn of how these materials can be disposed of is through your local waste management office or a recycling center.
Keep in mind
Keep in mind that there is a cost associated with junk removal and it will depend on what and how much you are disposing of. The service will most likely charge based on volume, which is how much space is consumed in the truck. Some heavier materials such as concrete and plaster may constitute a higher fee due to the fact that they are disposed of differently. That is why it is difficult for a junk removal service to give price quotes over the phone. Nevertheless, you'll find that junk removal is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to clear the clutter out of your life.
Garage shelving really isn't an option. It's more of a necessity really. If you have tried living without shelving in your garage you know what a cluttered mess it can get to be. Not only does it help keep items up off the floor and organized, it also helps you keep your sanity. That's why it is a must have. I don't understand everything about feng shui, but I do know that it is supposedly a good thing to try to create in your living spaces. If you can't feel at ease in a space, walk easily through it, or think straight while you are in it, then it isn't very feng shui, and that is a bad thing. So here are three ways that garage shelving can help you keep your mental space clear, as well as the floor.
- You need to recognize just what a special and sometimes fragile place your mental peace can really be. While our minds are robust and capable, they also have a great need for organization and cleanliness. Cleanliness is, after all, next to Godliness! Garage shelving is a practical way to help us be our very best.
- I once bought and listened to a self-improvement tape series by Joe Land entitled, The Ultimate Power. In one of the tapes he describes the self as consisting of two selves in one. On the one hand we all have a lower self. This is the part of us that just wants to throw our junk into piles, to be lazy, to neglect the things we really should be doing. This part of ourselves would not embrace garage shelving because it is just easier to be casual and haphazard in the way we manage our things. This part of us doesn't care what other people think, or how it feels to be frustrated when we can't find something because of our carelessness. This and all the other negative sides of our being belong to this lower self.
On the other hand, we also have a part of self that is the higher self. This part wants us to be disciplined, focused, happy, and committed. The higher self has no problem with things like garage shelving because it understands and accepts the value of organization and order. The higher self reigns in the lower self and helps us improve our lives in general. The two selves are constantly struggling with each other for dominance. When we make the effort to pick up the clutter, put the tools on a shelf and the sports equipment on racks, then we are positively reinforcing our higher self and it gets stronger. When we don't, then we are strengthening the lower self. It's a decision we make multiple times throughout each day.
- Garage shelving keeps peace in the wigwam and that is always a good thing to do if we want mental peace in our lives. If you are single, and live entirely alone then this may be okay (if you are content to live in your lower self). But, if you live with roommates or with family then doing what you can to engender good feelings is important. If you throw up some garage shelving and start to use it, you may just find that your spouse or friends respect you more because it shows that you care about their mental peace as well as your own. This is a higher self function.