A Conversation with Jessica DeSiato of Thoughtfully Organized
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. Us: 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.