Lose 10 pounds, organize the house, eat better…. these are all common New Year’s Resolutions. All are very respectable, but let’s face it- February 1st hits and where are we with these resolutions?
Well, not this year! If getting organized is top on your resolutions list- this is where you want to start. Here are my top 5 Simple tips to get you started on the right foot. Once you start with these, just let the momentum take over for the rest of your home!
Here are my 5 Simple Tips to Get Your Home Organized
When you come home from the grocery, do you have a spot to set the bags? When you make dinner, do you have a clean open space for the prep work?
If not, this is where you want to start. Start in one spot and find a home for everything there.
Have trouble making decisions on what to keep and what to let go of? Read here.
After this space is clear, all you have to do is maintain it. There is nothing better than the hub of your home to be clear of clutter!
If you want to find more time in your day AND save money- start in your closet. Yes, that is right, I said closet!
How much time do you stand there staring into your closet trying to decide what to wear… or trying to find that new shirt you bought?
Start by grouping your clothes by like items (black shirts with black shirts- khaki pants with khaki pants- you get the idea). See how many of each you have and keep only what you NEED and WEAR.
Group outfits together for the week even with the belt and necklace (the saves time part). In my experience, more than likely you will find things you forgot you had (the saving money part).
Just think of all the paper that comes into your home on a daily basis. Mail, school papers, magazines, and receipts, to name a few. If there is not a designated home for all of it, it can become overwhelming.
The first step is to open the mail in the same spot every day and instantly toss or shred all junk mail. Period. Seriously, get rid of it.
Have what I call an “active” file box that can easily be accessed. This is not for long-term or historical papers (401k statements or birth certificates). This is a box to store papers you regularly need access to (school calendars, order confirmations, bills/statements). 5-10 minutes a day with this system will make all the difference in the world.
This is mine on my kitchen counter. I can't express to you how much I love it! Want to read more about it, click here.
Toss all old and outdated food. While you are at it, donate food you know you are not going to eat. We all have that impulse buy when we are at the grocery hungry but the can of Manwich just sitting in your pantry is not doing anyone any good. If you know no one in your home is going to eat it… let it go!
Just like your closet, group like items together.
5. Start Small
Rome was not built in a day. Nor will your home be completely organized in a day. It sounds so cliché but just start in one small space.
If you only get one bathroom counter cleared off, then YAY… Really! Just start somewhere and let the momentum carry you.
Let’s face it- most of our homes are not a Pinterest picture… (hand raised here) but your home can be a place of peace. You CAN find things when you need them. All it takes is a little effort, one small step at a time.
I’d love to know where you are starting in your home!