The new year is here. I know I am cleaning out things I don’t use, dusting them off to use for spring and putting all those decorations away. The list is long of things to organize, let’s not get overwhelmed though. Here are some things I do to get organized after the holidays and start the new year out right!
Before you begin, make a list of what needs to be organized in your home. Lists are great. They can be overwhelming but bear with me once you write it out, for me, it’s easier to check off what areas need the most attention.
Make a schedule when you want to focus on certain areas example: Monday work on the Front Room. Making a schedule will help keep you from distraction on other areas and also from being overwhelmed.
Focus on one area at a time to get it just the way you want. If it’s Tuesday and you need to organize your desk. Do so. Just focus on that and everything else will fall into place.
Make piles- Donate, keep or toss. Donate your gently used clothing, appliances, camping gear, or things you don’t even use to Goodwill. What a better way to give back to the community by providing to those less fortunate. Or sell it using apps such as Let it go, eBay and Craigslist. Why not sell your items for some spending cash? It may be hard getting rid of that old sweater Aunt Joann gave you. If you don’t wear it why have it hold a place in your closet when you can have something else you like there?
Three questions to ask your self when figuring out what to keep. Do I like this item? Do I use/wear it often? If I misplaced it or lost it would it be missed? These questions sound silly but have helped me realized what I do and don’t need.
Bins and organizers– must use. Behind the door shoe organizers come in handy in so many places. On the pantry doors or in the bathroom closet for those items, you use most often and need easy access to. Bins come in handy for all sort of things.
A place for everything– The best tip to being organized is having a place for the items you want to keep. For instance, when you organize a pantry, appliances on the middle or bottom for easier access, on the top for lighter things such as cereals and chips, the middle for cans and flours. When organizing a dresser drawer, lay it out like your would if you were getting dressed head to toe. Undergarments on the top, shirts in the middle and pants in the bottom drawer. It this makes it easier to pick out clothes.
Upkeep– once every part of your house is organized keep it updated by spending a few minutes every day touching up that area. Soon it will become a habit to tidy after using items and knowing the places to put them.
All these tips were takeaways from a recent book I read- Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland. A good read and really neat perspective on how to get your house and life a little more organized. Take a read!
What are some ways you keep organized?
Keep kicking and smiling! -TJ Banski