Declutter and Getting Organized Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution
It’s the beginning of the new year and you are excited and ready to clean up and throw out. You know the saying, “out with the old and in with the new.” If your New Year’s resolution is to declutter and get organized, we have some tips to help you stay focused so that you don’t lose the motivation and scrap the whole idea. After all, we want you to succeed because your trash is someone else’s treasure. So here are a few tips to help keep you on track and motivated to tackle this beast.
- Take Baby Steps. If you are like us, your mind is racing all over thinking about all the places you can begin to declutter: closets, bedrooms, cabinets, drawers, garage, playroom…the list goes on. STOP! Take a breath and focus. If you start thinking of EVERYTHING that needs to be done, it will deflate your balloon. Instead, consider taking “baby steps.” Start with one room and one area within that room at a time. Christina of Sweet Haute…La Dolce Vita offers a solution to declutter with her article, Home Organization: 31 Day Detox Diet. Here she outlines 3 basic steps that should be used with each declutter and she also outlines specific areas to tackle for each day of the 31 day detox.
- Be Prepared. Before you begin pulling everything out from under the sink and tossing it in the middle of the kitchen floor creating an even bigger mess, make sure you are prepared with supplies needed to help in the organizational process. We recommend general supplies such as: trash bags, labels or a label maker, markers (multiple colors if you want to color code items), sorting boxes and storage containers. If you are watching your spending, consider repurposing shoe boxes and other containers you have around the house as your bins. You could also take a trip to a local dollar store and use one of the many hacks that the staffer, Alison Caporimo, at Buzzfeed shared in her article, 31 Ways to Reorganize Your Life with Dollar Store Stuff.
- Stop Holding on to Things. Your home only has so much room. Unless your decorating style is “Hoarder” or you intend on buying a larger house to hold all of your stuff, you need to get rid of things that don’t get used, no longer fit and are broken or missing parts. If you are really attached to special clothing of your children, might we suggest having a quilt made from the items so at least the clothes have purpose again. Local quilt shops such as: Cottage Creations & Quilts specialize in making heirloom quilts. We also like this hanger flip idea featured on Apartment therapy. This idea gives you a visual of what you actual do use in your closet. Consider donating unused or wanted items or reselling at resale shops such as Plato’s Closet or Once Upon a Child or placing children’s items up for consignment at Abigail’s Best on Highland Road in Baton Rouge or one of the other consignment stores. There are also several local resell groups on Facebook if you want to cut out the middle-man.
- Give Everything a Place. If you are keeping it, it needs to have a clear place of belonging. Using a labeling system to keep like items together will also help in identifying where things should go. This is extremely helpful if you have others living in your home with you. This way, EVERYONE knows where items belong and therefore, your items should stay organized longer.If you have children that are too young to read, create labels with pictures on them to help them put items away in the proper places.
- Finally, When All Else Fails…Bring in Help! Let’s face it, as much as we want to believe that we are capable of doing everything ourselves, sometimes it’s just not possible. Our busy lives keep us running and tending to other priorities. If you are feeling overwhelmed, bring in a professional. FindmyOrganizer is a great online resource for locating local professional organizers in your area. (We found quite a few in the Gonzales area while researching for this article.) This isn’t admitting defeat, but rather delegating tasks and every good Manager knows how to delegate.
If you follow these simple steps, we have faith that you will be able to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution!