Written by Marybeth Welty and Milena Morales of Sustainable Lifestyle Solutions as part of our Organizers Blogging Collab.
Don't you think is it wonderful sharing the same space with that person you love? The one you chose to share your days with? ❤️ ...But honestly, is it easy for a couple to organize their home? Is it possible to achieve that connection and enjoy the synergy that both give to the space?
Cohabitating is not that simple and even when a relationship does not depend on the organizing, it helps to create a lovely and positive atmosphere at home where both can live harmoniously and relax at the end of the day. Organizing is a big challenge for many couples! They usually have to deal with work, daily activities, a demanding social life, bills to pay, time together - and there’s much more work to do if they have children as well. That's when disagreements appear, and housework is one of the main sources of conflict.
Prioritizing is the key to make life easier and keep both mental and physical health, to be able to spend more quality time and leave arguments behind.
Even though some people think that order can wait, at Sustainable Lifestyle Solutions we believe that organizing best practices help to create the calm and well-being we all need, to connect and feel happy in the comfort of our homes. So, if you are still struggling with making your significant other connect with this lifestyle and get on the organizing train, we’ve got some tips to help you create this harmony in your space and go forward together into the organization world.
Compromise: Relationships are a two-way street, and it takes two people committing to each other to make everything work in all aspects of their lives together, including chores and housework.
Planning: Together (or as a family), create a “tasks” list and an organization system, where each person has tasks to fulfill, so everything is equitable and participatory. It can be creative and fun, you can also keep this plan in your Command Centre!
Individual space. It’s still important that each person has a physical personal space of their own - a place where you can relax and connect with yourself at least for a few minutes, and where you’re able to express the personality that makes you different from your significant other.
Teamwork. Make decisions together and work as a team. Both must have items in the home that show some of your personalities, or that have a high sentimental meaning: memories of childhood, family, or photos of the most important moments lived together. Decide what to keep, store, sell, donate, or trash. To make it more fun and equitable, estimate a specific number of things that each person can keep.
Time management. One of the reasons organizing is often pushed to the bottom of the to-do pile is "lack of time." For this reason it is important to schedule a few hours a week in which you and your partner are at home to organize and do some household chores. Make it fun! Organizing the shelves or some clothes in the closet would be more enjoyable while talking about memories, sharing stories, or listening to your favorite music.
Open communication. This is always crucial in couple relationships; being able to communicate your ideas and respect each other is essential. What if while you have breakfast in the morning you each recognize and appreciate the other's efforts around the home, or the way they keep or organize their items? This makes them feel part of the team, which generates enthusiasm to continue doing it. In this dialogue, it is important to analyze and highlight the achievements and benefits of organizing.
Organize and store. If you and your significant other have jumped on the organization train and want to keep everything orderly at home, it is very important to know how to organize and store all your items:
Furniture with compartments and doors. These are essential to store things that don’t need to be displayed, such as documents, work diaries, connection cables, hairdryers, etc. Divide the compartments, and each person can store what they need in the space that corresponds to them. It is important that everyone is clear about what is in each compartment.
Baskets and boxes. Ideal for placing inside the closet, on shelves, or under a piece of furniture. There are many different designs and they’ll create order and style at the same time.
Shelves. A fundamental element to display our decorations or favorite treasures: the things we love the most, or makes us feel proud, such as books, collections, trophies, etc.
Pathway to success! Success is a goal for both men and women. We live in a competitive world and it is very important to recognize that an organized home will always lead to success. Achieving an organized home improves quality of life, allows you to live with calm and happiness, and you’ll be more efficient. It’s even cheaper because you save time and money! The organizing train is easier working together, as a team, having the satisfaction that the time together is stress free.