Maple Grove’s ‘Organized Mama’ Helps Families Declutter
A Maple Grove resident is on a mission to help families destress by decluttering and organizing their homes.
Known as “The Organized Mama,” Jessica Litman has helped hundreds of people transform their living spaces from out-of-control messes to calm and tidy spaces.
“I’ve always been an organized person,” said Litman
Even in her former career as a teacher, Litman had the organizational bug.
“I still have cards from some of my former students that were like, your organizing with color helped me in high school,” said Litman.
Now, Litman is teaching families how to get organized though workshops, speaking engagements and one-on-one virtual coaching.
“I really want moms and families just to feel that calm in their space, with everything going on in the world, especially right now, it just makes sense that home should be your place of peace,” said Litman.
The organizational expert has written a book titled “Home Sweet Organized Home.”
“My book really focuses on organizing with multiple people and really how to streamline things for you, getting your definition of organized, and then having your family get on board with what that looks like as a whole,” said Litman.
Litman says she gets compared to Marie Kondo, the world-renowned organizing consultant, but says she has a different approach.
“Organizing rooms actually I found to be easier than organizing by category which is Marie Kondo’s thought process,” Litman said.
Litman’s method focuses on organizing one room at a time, moving things that don’t get used often to better spaces.
“Only keeping the pots in pans you actually use, in the drawer or cabinet and then the ones you use seasonally, store somewhere else,” said Litman.
She recommends ditching some items for good.
“If I don’t use it all, or I don’t admire it, or it’s not serving a purpose in the spot that it is, then you can think of parting with it,” said Litman.
With items left in a room, consider sticking a label on them.
“When you have more than one person living in a house, label the drawer, label the shelf, whatever so people know where things go and then things will go back in place,” said Litman.
Knowing that all families are different, she encourages her followers to find a system that works best for them and their routine.
“Sometimes it’s not going to look pretty or look like it’s supposed to, but if it’s functional and working for you, then that’s all that matters.”