Five Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home

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When it comes to our home, we consider ourselves to be pretty well organized. But, there are a few problem areas that we just haven’t been able to tackle. One of these areas is our cluttered garage. To be honest, it’s a dump for all the things. And I don’t even know where to begin to make it a useful, organized space. So, when I got the opportunity to have a California Closets design expert come to our home, I was ecstatic and terrified at the same time. Would I really have to reveal the most chaotic and messy space of our home? Read on to find out how my consultation went, and what I learned. If you have a permanently messy  space in your home I’m also sharing  the five tips to declutter and organize your home I learned from my consultation. 

decluttering the garage

As soon as Missy, the Design Consultant from the California Closets Huntington Beach location came to my house, I felt at ease. She was so warm and kind that I almost forgot to be embarrassed about the state of our cluttered garage!

Looking around our garage, Missy asked how we were currently using our space and what our plans were for the garage. Then, she got busy with the measuring tape.

garage makeover

The consultation was especially amazing because Missy was able to use the measurements to recreate a 3D image of our garage and then design according to our needs.

It was amazing to see the potential of the space!

garage image3D


Getting Organized

Our first step was to identify what we needed from the garage. Which was lots of storage, but also space for all of our outdoor activities, like our bikes and Mauricio’s surf boards.

how to organize your home

It was amazing to see the options Missy offered for storage solutions for our garage. Obviously, I knew California Closets offered custom closets but I didn’t realize how extensive the options were for our garage.

Missy was also able to work with our budget in mind, when choosing finishes and styles. And she worked around what already worked for us in our space, like the surf rack Mauricio built. That would stay, while the ugly would go. What a relief!

five tips to declutter and organize your home

Missy, who is familiar with the KonMari Method, the organizational system introduced by Marie Kondo, in her best-seller  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, was also really great in guiding us to follow this system and start organizing our space.

I previously recommended this book, and if you’re looking to get organized and decluttered it’s a wonderful approach to follow!

uncluttering the garage

Five Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home

1. Purge

Following the KonMari Method, the first step in decluttering and organizing any space starts with a purge. Luckily, Mauricio and I have already gone through our respective boxes and things and got rid of everything that we no longer needed, or anything that no longer “sparked joy.”

2. Sort

Next, was categorizing everything. For example, my DIY and crafts would be grouped together, instead of in several bins all over the garage. This time I would have an entire closet dedicated to crafts, and all that it entails.

3. Organize

This also means properly sorting and organizing everything in bins, or boxes. Maybe labeling or creating a system that you can follow. Missy suggested we could even get a huge bin just to store all of Fernando’s balls. As a fellow boy mom, she totally got it!

4. Store

Then, it’s finding the proper space for everything. It seems so logical to group everything together and then dedicate the space for that specific thing, without crowding the space with other items.

5. Follow

The challenge here will be following the first three steps to get properly organized in our garage. Purging, then sorting and storing —all in its proper place. It’s useless to go through this process and then not follow, so committing to the final step, and following through on the system you’ve organized is the art of the method.

Take a look at this video, it will definitely inspire you to do some Spring cleaning. 

I can’t wait to share the final space with you, and I vow to hold myself accountable in following this organizational system for our garage. If you feel overwhelmed and need some guidance in any space of your home, I would totally recommend a consult with California Closets. Especially, since they come to you!


Do you guys have a secret messy space in your home that needs some declattering? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.