They say that a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind. And with that long list of New Year’s resolutions looming just out of sight under a pile of papers on your desk somewhere, the sooner you are able to clean up the clutter in your home and get organized, the better off you’ll be.
For most people the most difficult part of getting rid of the clutter in the home is getting started. And just like Rome wasn’t built in a single day, sorting through your holiday excess is going to take some time. And a plan. Which is where we can help.
First, get rid of the excess. It’s easier said than done, but the best thing to do is go room by room and look around. Are there items that you don’t even remember you owned? Anything you haven’t worn or used in a year or longer? A good rule of thumb is, if you don’t use it, then lose it. Donate it or throw it away. Get the whole family involved to help you stay on track and ensure no pile of stuff goes unexamined.
Next, get organized. Have designated places for all of the items you didn’t get rid of in your purging stage. All coats go into the hall closet, all blankets go into the storage basket by the couch, whatever it is, make sure that everyone in your family knows what items go where so you can all be on the same page. If you have younger children, consider adding labels to drawers and storage bins to help them keep it straight.
Finally, sit back and admire your work. By purging and organizing, you are able to start the New Year off with a clean slate for you, your family and your house. And trust us, there’s no better feeling than a fresh start!