I know I know, the first thing you're going to say is, Aren't they the same thing?
The answer is of course not!
The first step in simplifying your life is identifying the problem... then TAKE ACTION! Most people make the mistake of getting into an organizing frenzy and go out to buy bins/baskets and organizers without any planning. Yes, they are pretty and on sale. I've been there! I used to get so excited to get organized, especially in the new year, and I've purchased baskets that don't fit in the space or won't fit everything that I need to fit inside. It's a waste of time, money and resources.
Take your time! Just pause for a moment and ask yourself this question.
Is my space messy, cluttered or disorganized?
If you aren't sure, we'll break it down for you!
a. Messy: The simplest way to define this is that everything has a home BUT at the moment it's not placed where it belongs. You have a solid foundation and good structure and everything has its' place. It's just that your space needs some tidying up. For example, your kids' toys are all over the floor, there are wrappers and cups on the coffee table, etc. A simple solution to that problem can be just creating new habits! Maybe you need a house cleaner to come in once a week to help tidy up.
b. Cluttered: Things and Stuff. Typically, a cluttered space is when you have TOO MUCH stuff and nothing fits. This usually happens when people have been in their home for a long time. They've accumulated things over the years without purging. To scare you a bit, you may be on the road to hoarding...Yes, I said hoarding. If you are not able to see the dining room table because you just plop everything on it, then your space is cluttered. The solution to this problem is: Purge Purge Purge. Stay tuned for our post on great ways to make $$ by de-cluttering!
c. Disorganized: Being disorganized is lacking the foundation and structure. Everything is all over the place or placed in random spaces. For example, you have extra batteries lying around in different places when they should all be grouped into ONE space. Your First-Aid items (band-aids, cotton balls, hydrogen peroxide) are all in different drawers. Disorganized can sometimes fall into being cluttered. In the end the process is the same! You may need to purge and ask yourself for each item, "Does this bring me joy?" Additionally, you may need a session with Clustered Closets where we can help you establish that foundation!
So, which category do you fall in?
I hope this has been helpful in guiding you to an organized home!
Happy Organizing! xoxo