Introducing our new Q&A series, where we talk to awesome women who inspire us in the best way–because we relate to them. They're smart, they're experts in their field, and they can teach us a thing or two.
First off, meet Jessica DeSiato, the entrepreneur behind Thoughtfully Organized, a mindful method to getting your home organized.
HOL: What kind of organizing goals do you set for your year–either at home or at work or both?
Jessica: My organizing goals revolve around consistency and following some simple rules.
First, I always say that “every item has a home”, meaning that whether it be a book, Lego set, or bottle of olive oil, you have a designated spot for it in your home and consistently keep those items there.
Second, “never put something down, always put it away” -- ideally in its “home”...trust me, if you create a habit (for all family members!) of doing this, you will spend a lot less time picking up at the end of the day.
Finally, resist the urge to accumulate clutter! This is a tough one, but a goal that I set is if, for example, I buy a new shirt, I donate one I no longer wear, keeping my closet fresh and decluttered.
Some tips to make your organizing a little more...organized:
- Every item has a home. Find it! And stick to it.
- Keep a schedule:
- Wake up an hour before the kids
- Use the morning to set your day
- Keep the trunk of your car organized
- Consolidate your schedules in one place–like your phone.
- Be consistent with your kids. Set rules they will follow.
- Never put something down, always put it away.
- To reduce clutter, whenever you add any item remove an item.
- Have a night time routine where you take 10 minutes to scan the house. That way, you go to bed in order and don't wake up to an empty home.