Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is pleased to introduce a new resource on de-cluttering and organizing you home. We’re especially pleased to announce Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room as the contributor to this column. You can learn more about Melissa below.
For the past five and a half years, I’ve run a business and a blog called The Inspired Room. As a part of my business and my own personal passion of the subject, I think a lot about creating a comfortable organized home and how that impacts our lives.
How My De-Cluttering Journey Began
Earlier this year, I decided to embark on a journey of my own to alter the way we lived in our new home. We had been in this house for over three years, but most of that time we were extremely busy with other things in life. Organization took a back burner to surviving the day to day, paying the bills, establishing our businesses, feeding the kids, dealing with the dogs, and simply trying to keep our heads above water. Sound familiar?
While I have enjoyed working on my home a little bit here and there over the years, I decided that this year was going to be the year of more radical change. I wanted to really feel at home here. I wanted to create better function for the demanding needs of our day-to-day life. I knew that wasn’t going to be an overnight fix, but I was up for the challenge!
We had downsized from a 4,700 square foot home to a more modest 2,500 square foot home. While we had gotten rid of at least half our belongings prior to the move, I still felt overwhelmed by too much stuff in our new home. And as you probably have discovered, stuff tends to multiply. For every thing you get rid of something new wants to come in and fill up its space.
Organizing Our Space
While I don’t think we would qualify for an episode of Hoarders, we were in desperate need of a better plan for our space and our belongings. Our house felt too small, but the reality is, we had too much stuff and needed to reevaluate how we used the space we had.
As I began thinking about a plan for how our home could function better for us, I asked myself a key question designed to motivate me to get my house in order and to help me find solutions that made sense for our goals..
Perhaps pondering this question will be helpful to you as well in your own journey to better organization and living the life you want at home!
1. We want our home to be our escape from the outside world. Both my husband and I run businesses and organizations out of our home. After three years of hard work in establishing our life here, it was becoming clear that our work was taking over all of the available space in our home. We needed to find a way to recapture our sense of home being our oasis, rather than an office and storage building.
2. We love entertaining and inviting people over. We wanted to create a home that was comfortable and welcoming for guests as well as orderly enough that we could invite people over without feeling overwhelmed at the thought.
3. We want our home to inspire and motivate us to be effective in all the things we want and need to accomplish in life. We didn’t want to be overwhelmed by our home or a slave to organizing unnecessary possessions; we wanted to be surrounded by what we loved and organize only what was truly needed for day-to-day life.
When a home doesn’t function well or is clearly disorganized, it actually can distract from the life you want to live. Without a plan, the upkeep and management of stuff can consume more time and energy than you want to devote to it. Conversely, when things that bring you peace and energy surround you, your home can inspire your life in greater ways.
By reorganizing how we used our space and what we were surrounded with in our home, we hoped to find greater contentment with our home and more energy for the life we wanted to live. While we are still in process of overhauling how we live in our home, we’ve made a lot of progress and have already noticed a big improvement in many areas! It’s been a rewarding journey.
Stay tuned for upcoming practical tips and inspiration to get your life in order and find greater contentment with the home you have!