How to Get Organized in the New Year
How to Get Organized in the New Year
Posted by Fortunoff Backyard Store
New Year. Cleaner Home.
The holiday season is over, and the new year is upon us. 2023 is the perfect time to start fresh and set some goals for yourself. One of the most popular New Year resolutions is to get more organized.
Whether that’s outdoors, at work, or in your home, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you declutter your life and space that are easy to stick with well beyond January.
Tip 1: Invest in Organizational Tools
In the same way, a new workout set can motivate you to go to the gym, a new planner or storage bins can be the push you need to get started. You may even have everything you need in your junk drawer right now! All you need is a pen or pencil, a blank notebook, and a little time to get your year laid out.
Storage bins are even easier to plan around. Most homes already have them, so we recommend going through the dustier ones and cleaning out items you haven’t used in a few years. This will clear up some space for seasonal items you reach for year after year. Plus, if you donate your old items to a local charity, you can help a family in need and enjoy a tax break depending on how much you donate.
Tip 2: Focus on a Specific Room to Organize
Organizing your entire home can be a daunting and discouraging task, but it’s not impossible. To better set yourself up for success, it’s best to start small. Choose one room to focus your organizational efforts on and spend 15 minutes a day decluttering the space.
If it’s a bedroom, maybe start with a dresser drawer. The garage? Tool boxes and gardening equipment can always be tidied. No matter what room, choose a point that will have a visible impact when you interact with the space or object. This will keep you motivated to go back the next day and do a little more until you’ve made your way through your entire home.
Pro Tip: Hate organizing? Set a timer. A starting or stopping point may not make you enjoy the task, but it can reframe your mindset and elicit positive results.
DID YOU KNOW:
The Babylonians created the idea of New Year's resolutions. History finds they often made promises to the gods in order to earn good favor in the new year.
Tip 3: Make a Plan for Future Clutter
Just because you organize your home doesn’t mean it’s going to stay organized, so plan ahead. Bills and important papers make their way into your space. Gifts come in. New clothes are purchased, etc. So once you're happy with the current state of your home, think about your day-to-day habits. A good trick to utilize is the five-minute rule. If a task can be done in five minutes, do it immediately.
For example, if a letter can be opened and tossed in five minutes, do it. If you bought a new shirt, hang it up in your closet as soon as you get home. These small actions can immensely cut down clutter and keep your home organized, so set yourself up for success. Keep spare clothes hangers in the closet, throw away any duplicates (no one needs two can openers), have an open storage bin for items you don’t use every day, and toss junk mail as soon as it comes in. Having a plan in place will give you an actionable way to stick to your resolution and ultimately turn it into a habit your family and home can appreciate.
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