Organizing and Design Go Hand-In-Hand

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This past month, I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker to a group of lovely women about organizing and designing spaces in a home.  I had two hours and needed to plan my talk so that I could fit everything in while giving the best information without having everyone feeling overwhelmed.

I decided to walk the guests through the exact process that I use when working with clients that will work for any space in your home. As you may know, when I started my business almost 8 years ago, it was strictly an organizing business.  Over the past 8 years my business has grown and evolved because I have come to know is that it just isn’t about organizing.  It’s about creating a space and a life that you desire.

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While there were women in the audience who have young children, there were also women in the audience who have teens.  It really doesn’t matter what age you kids are (or even if you have any kids at all) – the process remains the same.  We talked about having a vision for every space, we talked about knowing the function of the space, and we talked about the stuff in the space!

no more stuff

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For examples, I used three different spaces in a home and started with the master bedroom.  The master bedroom, I believe, sets the tone for your entire home.  If you allow your master bedroom to be a dumping ground, then you’re allowing your entire home to be a dumping ground.  First things first: make the bed.  By making your bed, every morning, you are setting the tone for your house to be in order.  Think of any hotel room when you walk through the door – the bed is ALWAYS made.  So should yours.  Your master bedroom should be a place where you get to go and just relax.  A place where you walk in and go, “Ahhhh.”

master bedroom

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When I talked about the family room, and especially toys, I used this image

messy toys

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This is a great example of a space that already has organizing systems so why aren’t the organizing tools working?  There is clearly no structure.  What I see is that the adults in this home are allowing the children and their toys to dictate things.  It is obvious that putting away toys is optional.  When I used this image, I followed it up with this one:

put it away

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This simple rule – applied to ANY area of your home – will allow you to maintain any newly designed and organized space.  Go on – try it!

While I have almost seen it all (as I’m sure there are still some surprises out there) and have heard every excuse in the book, there is always one thing to remember:

live the life you want

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Here’s to choices that will make your life filled with everything you have ever imagined.

Sheri Bruneau Get It Together

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  1. on 08.04.2015
    at 2:13 PM

    Very interesting idea about the master bedroom setting the stage for the rest of the home. I will try to remember that the next time I want to leave trash on my nightstand after a late night snack in bed!

    I would also like to point out that just as in organization and design has its place in the home, it also has its place on the web! Your content is well organized around stimulating images, so kudos to you!

    • on 09.04.2015
      at 10:59 AM

      Thanks Aaron! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comments. ~Sheri

  2. on 05.05.2015
    at 7:06 AM

    Thanks for this post Sheri. Organization and design do go hand in hand and if you want to get better at either it really is the little things that matter. Doing such things as getting in the habit of making your bed every day get you in the right mindset to continue on that path.

    • on 08.05.2015
      at 7:40 AM

      I agree Trish! I’ve always said when you take care of the little things, the bigger things don’t seem so big! Thanks for stopping by to leave your comment.~Sheri

  3. on 04.06.2015
    at 12:21 AM

    Thank you for the tips Sheri. We are renovating our house right now. We have 3 kids so we got a messy house on weekends. Maybe putting away old toys is a good idea.

  4. on 15.02.2016
    at 8:08 PM

    I have 2 sons but they are so naughty and always making a mess after they play toys. I am tired of cleaming up after that. I am sure to try your tips. Hope that these tips could help me. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. on 04.04.2016
    at 12:55 AM

    Hey, great rules and tips you have shared here. My kids are too naughty and have a lot of toys in their wardrobe. I will try these tips and hope they will help me to organize their toy room. Hidden Powers Of The White Gems

  6. on 24.04.2016
    at 11:15 PM

    HI Sheri,

    This is amazing for bedroom setting, i will try to apply your tips in my home.

    Regards
    Linda

    • on 25.04.2016
      at 7:27 AM

      All the best Linda!

  7. on 31.08.2016
    at 1:21 PM

    I agree with everything you said. I usually can’t begin my day ’til everything is organized!

  8. on 25.02.2017
    at 3:07 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. It might not be something that you stop and think about but it surely is true that you can’t have design in chaos.

    • on 25.02.2017
      at 4:42 PM

      I love that: “…you can’t have design in chaos.” Thanks for stopping by!

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