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20 Organizing Tips for a Better Year

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20 Organizing Tips for a Better Year

We’ve gathered our favorite organizing tips to help you get off to a great start in the new year. Have more ideas? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook!

  1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

    Whatever your project, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to set realistic, measurable, time-sensitive, flexible goals. Having goals for what you want to accomplish can help you visualize it more clearly and accomplish more. See an example here.

  2. Start small.

    Remember to start small. For example, if you want to organize your closet, but feel overwhelmed at the thought of it, start by putting a box in or near your closet and each time you come across an article of clothing you don’t love, toss it into the box. When the box is full, drop it off at a local charity like Goodwill.

  3. Manage your time.

    One of our favorite organizing tips is to manage your time better. Put your cell phone to work for you by using your calendar and notes app to keep track of things you need to do and places you need to be.

  4. Label everything.

    From kitchen cabinets to toy bins to attic storage, label everything clearly.

  5. Prep the night before.

    Do what you can to get a good start to your morning by prepping as much as possible for the next day before you go to bed: pack lunches for the kids, gather items needed for work, and lay out clothing for the next day.

  6. Ask for help.

    There is no shame in asking for help when you need it, from your family or from a good friend who can help you tackle a big project. It’s more fun to do together anyway.

  7. Prioritize paper files.

    A lot of the clutter in our lives is paper. Get rid of what you can, digitize where you’re able, and file copies of wills, medical directives, power of attorneys, and vital Records for the entire family (birth, marriage, divorce certificates, social security cards, passports), and life insurance policies.

  8. Small habits make big changes.

    Try changing one small habit, like making your bed every morning.

  9. Make a dent in your pantry.

    The pantry is the perfect spot to look for a quick home organizing project. Now, overhauling the whole pantry can be quite the undertaking, but spending a few minutes here and there and pulling out expired food and spices from the shelves is a quick, easy way to create some space.

  10. Clean out kids rooms.

    Clothing, toy, and book collections grow just as quickly as the kids do. Go through the rooms and box up toys they no longer play with and clothing they have outgrown. Let them help with the project and take items to Goodwill with you.

  11. Tackle the closets

    .Hall closets, coat closets, and guest bedroom closets are a nice choice for a project that can likely be done from start to finish in one day.

  12. Organize your kitchen.

    First, go through and remove items that don’t belong. Next, focus on the big areas, like your pantry, junk drawer, and silverware drawer. As you have time, organize the kitchen. Break it into multiple small projects if it makes it easier – under the sink, then the junk drawer, then the pantry.

  13. Empty the space first.

    Whether you’re organizing a drawer or a closet or a whole room, it can help to remove everything from it first, then put in what you want to have in the space. Anything that no longer fits in the space should be sorted into throw away, give away, or find a new space piles.

  14. Work at your own pace.

    Some people can jump into an organizing project and focus on it for 10 hours straight (need a job?) Others get overwhelmed at the thought of organizing a single drawer. Do what is best for you, whether it’s setting aside a whole day to work on projects or fitting 10-minute organizing projects into your daily routine.

  15. Recycle and donate relentlessly.

    Recycle and donate all of the items that you no longer want. If you don’t know where to start with donating and recycling, check out our resource list.

  16. To get rid of more stuff, rank it.

    Use some kind of exercise to sort your stuff into categories. These categories range from “I truly can’t live without this” to “If I can find a way to include this I will” to “I really don’t have any use for this at all, no matter how much I love it.” Don’t let someday control your life!

  17. Create a household chore list.

    A household chore list with daily, weekly, and monthly to-dos might seem like overkill. Creating some kind of list, though, for household chores can help to manage your time (and energy) without you feeling overwhelmed. Even on the busiest of days, you likely have time to complete a single chore. Doing a little each day keeps the housework from becoming too overwhelming.

  18. Don’t get stuck.

    Thinking about organizing can be overwhelming and cause you to freeze and not do anything. Don’t get stuck! Start with a place that bothers you the most – a room in your basement, a shelf in the garage, a “junk” drawer. Spend 15 minutes (or less, if it gets overwhelming) just pulling out the stuff you know you can (or should) throw away or donate.

  19. Forgive imperfections.

    No house is ever completely organized if people live in it. And no person ever has it all together all the time. Forgive yourself for the imperfections in your home’s organization. Reduce clutter where you can, but don’t stress if you can’t get to it.

  20. Hire a professional organizer.

    Are you just fed up with the clutter around your house and want to improve your home’s space functionality? Are things overwhelming you, or are you too busy to do home organizing yourself? Call us! We’ll be happy to help you with any project, large or small.

Cris Sgrott

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