(This is a guest post)
I started renovating my house about a year ago when I realized that I wasn’t moving through my home the way I wanted to be. We’ve owned our home for about 7 years now and had been dreaming about home renovation projects from the start. I remember the first day we saw the place and how we moved through it re-envisioning everything from the kitchen cabinets to the mantelpiece. Well, 7 years and 2 kids later, we’re in the same house with the same cabinets and the same faux marble mantel.
We finally made the decision that we were financially and mentally ready to start. But where do we start?! Home renovation is huge deal, especially on a budget, and especially when you want to have your hands dipped in everything. You have to be creative and think outside the box if you want to get the results you are looking for. You also have to have patience. Lots and lots of patience. Perhaps I needed the two kids before I was really able to master the art of patience.
When I first started remodeling my home, the last thing on my list of things to do was to clean out the closet. Why spend my time categorizing shirts and organizing office supplies when I could be choosing tiling or cabinets for the kitchen? Even my DIY projects like refurnishing and quick paint jobs seemed more appealing. What could possibly be creative or worthwhile about organization? It’s just not my thing.
I thought long and hard about why it was so difficult for me to get organized and I finally came to a realization. What makes a home feel like a home is harmony. And harmony doesn’t come for free — it must be created. It was only when I realized how important closet organization systems were that the real change began. Someone once explained organization to me as the internal structure of your home. Just like the foundation that is initially laid down to keep your walls in place, your closets are what keep everything organized and running smoothly.
That was all it took before I was up to my ears in label making and categorizing. And when I was finally done I realized how much more carefree everything else was. When all my groceries, desk supplies, blouses, and pants finally had a place to go, I could finally rest easy.
As an expert home-renovator (as I now refer to myself) I’ll tell you this: do work from the inside out. Take care of every little detail, and don’t lose sight of the larger goal. Start small, and don’t skip the fine details. There’s never a project too small to start with and it’s never too late to start it. You’ll be happy and harmonized in your home if you do!