2018 is here! The new year is such an exciting opportunity for a fresh start, a new adventure! Did you know that the 2nd most popular New Year’s resolution, next to losing weight, is getting organized!

Here are seven practical tips to help you accomplish that goal:

#1 Declutter Christmas

 

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The holidays are dunzo. It’s time to take down the Christmas decor and put it away for next year. Use the opportunity to declutter your holiday decor collection of anything that does not bring you joy.

Also, snap some photos of your decor setup before you take it down so you’ll easily remember how to recreate the theme next year.

#2 Declutter “Personal Collections”

Every member of your household has just experienced a major influx of items into their “personal collections” in the form of Christmas gifts. New clothes, toys, personal care items, gadgets, hobby accessories, etc...they are all taking up space in your home.

Keep your clutter quota at bay by donating or discarding 10 items from each family member’s personal collections...those clothes that are too small, those toys that are no longer relevant, send them packing!

#3 Declutter Your Inbox

Part of the reason why we struggle to get and stay organized is that we have a MASSIVE amount of inputs coming into our electronic and physical spaces daily. Even the second it takes to delete that piece of junk mail from your email is a second not being spent on something productive.

Limit the number of organizations that can contact you by unsubscribing from any emails (or regular mail) that you do not find useful/productive/helpful. Forget FOMO...you’ll thank yourself later when the emails you receive all “matter” and you can process your inbox quickly and efficiently.

#4 Create a Year-At-A-Glance Calendar

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2018 has many exciting events and activities in store. Take 10-15 minutes now to create a simple one-page calendar for the year. This is not your official calendar that you’ll use daily, just a one-page reminder of big events/dates that will happen throughout the year. You can post it on your fridge as a regular reminder of what’s coming up.

A regular 8.5 x 11 paper will work just fine...use a ruler to create a grid of 12 boxes (one for each month). At the top of each box, write the month. Then add in key dates/events such as:

  • Weddings
  • Graduations
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Family Vacations
  • School Vacations
  • Work Trips
  • School Trips
  • Scheduled time off work

 

#5 Use Timers

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Never underestimate the power of ten minutes. So much can be accomplished in short bursts of time. If you have been dreading facing one disorganized area in your home, set a timer for ten short minutes and do what you can do in that amount of time. You’re not committing to a whole day or even a couple hours...just ten minutes! You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just ten minutes.

Timers are excellent gimmicks to get you do something you don’t want to do because they psychologically limit the discomfort to a set KNOWN amount of time. Typically, the anticipation is FAR worse than the dreaded task itself, so it’s not uncommon to keep going for longer than planned.

 

#6 Make and Use Labels

Labels are helpful for all areas and for all ages. Labels notify all members of the household what goes where and they provide instruction (and accountability!) to everyone in your home.

Labels made in a label maker look sleek and clean, creating an organized look-and-feel to the area being labeled. Kids LOVE playing with label makers so put them to work creating labels for various areas in your home.

 

#7 Designate Drop Zones

The common areas of homes quickly get cluttered if there aren’t designated drop zones for regularly-used items. Designate various drop zones for key items used by family members.

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Here are some daily-used items that need a designated area in the home when they are not in use:

  • Purse
  • Laptop bag or briefcase
  • Backpack
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses

 

Getting and staying organized is an ongoing practice.  We'll be here throughout 2018 and beyond to help you through the process.  Let's do this!