Want to get organized at home? I have 5 essential practices you need to be organized – this is tip #1 and it’s all about your attitude and mindset in being organized and getting organized – and even staying organized.

Declutter your home by decluttering and organizing your mind first. When we try to organize and declutter, we usually start with the stuff, but we need to start with ourselves. These organization tips will get you ready to organize your life and be happy.

When we are trying to get organized, we need to start off by clarifying what our definition of organization is. Because if we get our definition of what organization is from Pinterest or the magazines, we will think that it means having life go our way.

When we think that being organized means that our life will go our way, we are bound to be disappointed and bound to fail. Newsflash: Life will not go our way.

Being organized does not mean life goes your way and it doesn’t mean you have matching containers in all your closets. Being organized means that you are prepared and exercising self-control, not control of others or the situation.

Organization is simply shorthand for managing life’s resources to the best of our abilities. It isn’t a magic bullet that changes everything. It’s not a goal to be checked off once reached. It’s not a status to arrive at, after which we can do as we please.

Organization is on-going, just like laundry, dishes, and sweeping. It is a set of actions we must continually, consistently take. Organization is a state-of-mind as well as a state-of-home. There is no end-point goal, but there are always baby steps and further developments to make.

So how does one get from a state of chaos to a state of organization? How can we actually organize life when it feels like a jumbled mess? By taking it one day at a time, one step at a time.

There is no sudden overhaul to make or popular bandwagon to join or new leaf to turn over.

There is learning to take the right next action – and then taking it – each hour of every day.

There is only one kind of control we must have to be organized: self-control.

We might not control our homes or our lives, but we should be controlling ourselves.

If you want to organize your life, you need to start with your self, not your stuff. Being organized is a set of practices and mindsets, not a status to achieve.

How to get organized at home

Just like fussy, grabby toddlers, we have inner voices and desires that need discipline. The good news is that we know how to parent. We can turn that parent-attention to our own selves.

More important than making your two-year-old eat broccoli is making yourself eat well. More important even than stopping a two-year-old tantrum-in-progress is stopping – or better yet, preventing – a tantrum of your own, whether the tantrum is all internal and mental, pouty and sulky, or expressed in more socially nuanced and acceptable ways.

The habits we need to grow as human beings, whether mothers or small children, are simple and straightforward – we already know what they are. We just let our immature selves take the reins too often – that’s a habit we must break. 


The podcast is back, better than ever! Let’s kick it off again with a 5 episode special on how to get organized at home. If you want to know how to organize your life, this is how you get started.

You can listen to the podcast version or watch the YouTube version or read the post – however you like to get your tips and tricks delivered. When you’re ready to dig deeper and get these steps established in your routines, check out Simply Convivial Continuing Education – the first two weeks of membership includes extra help in working through the Homemaking 101 course so you can see instant progress.

Dump all those swirling thoughts out of your head.

Yes, simply writing it all down will help to
  • Reduce stress by getting your thoughts onto paper
  • Reduce frustration by assigning homes to stuff, tangible & intangible
  • Reduce anxiety by knowing what you have on your plate

Declutter your head.

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