Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to be more organized in 2016? If you are like many of us, you are craving more simplicity and order in your life. We see the chaos that occurs when we are disorganized. We are frustrated by the clutter that we’ve allowed to take over our home and life. The New Year offers hope and motivation to start fresh and create new habits. Will you make the commitment to get organized this year?
The real question is, are you willing to do what it takes to move from desiring an organized life to actually living an organized life? Getting organized is one of those New Year’s resolutions we often make in January but forget about by February. Are you willing to commit to the changes that will be necessary in order to succeed all year long?
Let me offer you a simple plan for four weeks to help jumpstart order in January. If you start off the year feeling motivated and empowered by even a few successes, I believe you will be more likely to continue on the course the remainder of the year.
Ready to get started? Get out your calendar and mark off each week in January (or whenever you are starting this journey) with a clear and focused goal so you’ll know where and how to focus your time. Commit to working on your goal every day!
Week One: Plan for paper.
Paper is often a big frustration when it comes to clutter in our home. How can we tackle this source of clutter once and for all? You can’t be successful without a plan. Walk around your house and pick up the piles of paper clutter. Likely you’ll find it falls into several categories: perhaps you’ll find bills to pay, things to file, papers you need to take action on and paper to recycle. Do you have a system set up for where these types of papers should go? If you do and you aren’t using them, commit to working your plan. If you don’t have a plan, don’t let January end without setting up a system for handling every category of paper before it grows into clutter.
Week Two: Pare down clothing.
If you struggle with clutter, you simply have too much stuff. When your closets are crowded, clutter grows in your bedroom and disorganization follows. Give yourself a week to eliminate as many items of clothing as you can by filling garbage bags with clothing to give away. Go through your dresser, your closet, the bedroom, the laundry room, and other closets in the home where you might store your clothing, accessories, purses, shoes and handbags. Every day try to fill another bag. At the end of the week, restore order to your closet and dresser and see how much better you feel!
Week Three: Restore order to the main living areas.
When the main living areas we see and use everyday in our home feel cluttered and disorganized, we lose motivation. This week tidy up your main living room and dining areas. Tackle the surfaces first. Clear the tables and floor of clutter. Dust and sweep or vacuum by the end of the week, so you’ll start the next week with more hope of an organized home!
Week Four: Declutter the kitchen.
Are your kitchen counters a clutter magnet? Set aside a week to refresh and restore order to the most used area of your home. Start with the counters. Find a home for everything so the counters (and sink!) are free and clear of clutter. Grab a rag and wipe down the counters until they are clean and fresh. Looks much better now, doesn’t it? Now sweep and mop the floor. If you have more time this week, pick a cluttered cabinet or two to declutter and organize.
Once you have completed your goals for this month, you can set new goals for the next month!
Good luck – let me know how it goes! Happy New Year!