Resolve to Get Organized

New Year's ResolutionDid you make any New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s not too late to resolve to get organized. In fact, getting organized has the potential to be as beneficial for your health as eating better or exercising more. When your space is cluttered, when you are always struggling to find what you need, or trying to arrive anywhere on time, it’s very stressful! So why not make doing a house makeover your resolution for 2015?

The best part is that you don’t have to do it all at once. Don’t set yourself up to fail with unrealistic expectations. Make it manageable. If your goal is to exercise more, you don’t start by running a marathon. The same is true for de-cluttering. Don’t expect to overhaul your home in a week or even a month.

Don’t forget to involve the whole family with your house makeover. Start by delineating some space (maybe the basement or garage) for items to be donated. Kids can go through their own bedrooms, deciding what things they no longer want (toys, games, books, etc.) and what clothing no longer fits. To the donation area they go! Anything unwanted and unusable goes in the trash. With items to donate in one space, it’s easy to make notes about them for tax purposes. A second option is to gather items for a yard sale. By starting now, and collecting “stuff” in one spot, you’ll be ready to go when yard sale season starts in the spring.

What to tackle after bedrooms? Here’s a tip: Don’t start with your most cluttered area first. That seems counterintuitive, but think about the exercise analogy again. When you start an exercise program, you start slowly and work up to more intense work outs. You’ll have greater success (and see faster results) if you start with an area that is easier to get organized. You’ll get in the groove and improve your decision-making skills regarding what you really need… attributes you’ll need to tackle the tough spots like the kitchen, attic, garage, and basement.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to do it all at once! Pick a room each month and divide that room into sections to sort and organize on a weekly basis. Then set aside time each week. Set a timer for your task. When time’s up, you’re done for that session.

Getting organized shouldn’t be a punishment. Quite the opposite, you’ll find that getting organized is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your family. Start now on this resolution, and you’ll find you’re less stressed and much happier as the year progresses.

Finally, if you absolutely don’t know where to start or feel too overwhelmed to take this on alone, contact us. We’re always here to help!

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