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When creating New Year’s resolutions for yourself, create a separate list for your home!


Every year after Christmas, I create a list of new goals for my home. Many of them are often related to organization or specific projects I want to work on or accomplish. I thought it would be fun this year to share my New Year’s Organizing Resolutions.

As I thought through the different areas of my home and the specific activities that need organizational attention, I came up with 12 months of goals. By focusing on my list each month and completing a few tasks at a time, I’ll be less stressed all year knowing I don’t have to get everything done at once. And, my home should be much less cluttered and my life far more organized by the end of the year!

Perhaps you can adapt some of these to meet your own needs or create your own list of organizational goals.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year's Resolutions


Organize papers. Shred or recycle paper. Set up 12 folders for monthly planning and filing. Use a filing system to plan ahead with birthday cards, coupons, recipes, holiday ideas and more. As each month ends, you can use the folder for notes of things to remember next year or for receipts to save.


Organize clothes. Pare down what we own and only keep in our closets what we actually wear. Sort clothes in closet by color or type. Invest in new hangers to make the best use of closet space.


Organize computer files. Create desktop folders, organize documents and back up important files to an external hard drive.


Organize accounting system and budgets. It’s time to organize bill paying paperwork and systems, and assess the budget and plans for the new tax year.


Organize the kitchen. Which dishes have we used in the past year? Toss out old spices, clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Assess the condition of the kitchen towels and aprons. Keep items you use and love, and give away the rest! Unless you have a lot of storage space in your kitchen, items you only use seasonally should be organized by season and put in storage. Wipe down all shelves and surfaces.


Organize and clean garage and storage. It’s time to find the excess that’s been hiding out in the garage or storage space! Give away or sell what you don’t need. Reorganize and sweep out storage spaces.


Organize kid’s toys, clothes and keepsakes. Set aside one box to store favorite memories, one box for toys to give away and one box for clothes that no longer fit. If your kids are grown and out of the house, reclaim space for yourself by decluttering their old items and sending them their mementos to store at their own homes.


Sort and organize linens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Toss or give away excess or worn out linens, and pare down or replace only the essentials for each bedroom and bathroom. Clean out under sinks and toss out old medications, cleaning supplies or cosmetics. Tidy up nightstands and dressers.


New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Organize photos. Delete blurry photos. Back up photos on your computer to an external or online storage system. Print out photos for gifts, albums or Christmas cards this year.


Organize for the holidays. What do you want your holidays to look like this year? Make plans for hosting parties, entertaining or family get-togethers. Gather new addresses for holiday cards. Save favorite ideas, recipes and plans in a holiday folder or notebook. Organize and pare down holiday decor to what you love.


Organize hobbies and crafts. This month as you are crafting or spending more time indoors, assess and organize craft supplies. Pare down to what you need and use. Make a few handmade gifts to use up some favorite crafts! Organize or toss out wrinkled or old gift wrap and tags.


It’s time for house cleaning and preparing for holidays. Spend a few days at the beginning of December deep-cleaning your house and setting up guest rooms or bathrooms for visitors. Clean the oven. Set up a wrapping station for gifts. Restock your baking supplies and set up a baking station so you can enjoy holiday goodies and make treats to give away.

Happy planning!

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About the Author

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

  • Loribeth

    What a great list. Some of these I’ve already done, but I’m going to pin this so I can refer back to it for the other stuff.

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  • Ms. Mike

    Thanks for organizing my thoughts for 2014. You gave me a workable schedule of events and I appreciate the help after the burn out of holiday madness and enjoyment.

  • Cathy Foster

    I need this desperately! Please and thank you

  • Lori H

    Love this! Thanks 🙂

  • teresa

    One month at a time….so doing this.

  • Catherine

    Great list Melissa! I’m doing what Loribeth suggested and pinning it.

  • Debbie

    Great plan to get organized without going crazy!! Too often, I try to do too much at once. Then, I get discouraged, and give up on my project.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Cheri’ White

    These are great! Thanks for sharing these with us.

  • LaCosta Gaston

    This is great idea to do!! I am going to stick to this to get my house and mind…lol organized!!! Thanks so much!

  • Barb V.

    I love lists like these. I figure even if I only pick one item from each month, I am still ahead of the game! Hopefully I will do it all. Happy New Year and give those dogs a big hug from me.

  • joan

    this is a great list. Each month’s list is “doable”. Thanks for the ideas

  • Terry

    Great list! Thank you!

  • maureen mcgraw

    Great list!!

  • Home Improvement Ideas

    Useful 2014 resolution ideas!
    We have New year party decoration ideas!

  • Linda

    yep- I need to do all of these.

  • Mandy

    This is a fantastic list. We’re moving in about three months, so I’m so glad you published all twelve goals… something to shoot for so I can purge and organize NOW, before I drag it with me to another house!

  • Elevenarrows

    This is great, but I can’t help thinking it is much easier to organize clothing during a change of season when all the stored clothing is already out and being gone through. April is a bit late for working on a budget for the year, don’t you think? Don’t mean to criticize, but sometimes the ideas are great, but the timing needs tweaking!

    • melissa @ the inspired room

      Sure, you can adjust timing based on what works best for your family. We are self-employed so we pay taxes on April 15th. It is a good time for many people who have to gather paperwork for their accountant, pay taxes and be ready for the next year. But January is good too! Whatever works for you!

  • Earline Gualdoni

    Love this list. I’ve printed it out so I can check it off as I go!

  • Libby Scheer

    Sometimes I just need someone to write down what I need to do and then I do it. Thank you so much for the list!

  • Judy

    Love these ideas. Just moved and this will help me get organized better.

  • Marilyn C.

    This is a GREAT starting point. I have already made my list! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.

    Happy New Year

  • Gigi Koslow

    What a great idea. I have quite a bit of clutter and it’s hard to start a task for me. This way, I can do one room at a time and get a handle on throwing things out.

  • N. Alyse

    Thanks for sharing, Melissa. Simple and practical and not at all overwhelming. Next step for me is to set aside a little time each week toward the monthly goals. Appreciate it!

  • Maurene S.

    This is fabulous! I’m going to do this, starting tomorrow! Every year, I attempt to get organized, and de-clutter. By the end of January, I’m no closer to my goals, and more frustrated than when I began. Thanks for showing me what I was missing. Keep It Simple!

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  • Bonnie

    Good list, but folks need to bear in mind, this is not etched in stone! Tweak the list to meet your own needs. If you don’t have a lot of hobby or craft supplies, for example, you could get a leg up on holiday preparations. Set up a gift-wrapping station, or clean out that catch-all closet or utility room. Pick your 12 biggest problem areas, and make your own list. This is good for helping give people ideas, however. Thanks!

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  • Mary

    I started. It is overwhelming. I am 30 years behind. But I’m making this the year it works. I would love not to waste my life searching for things any more. Life is too short. 🙂

  • Claire

    Thank you! I have book marked this page so I can refer to it often. So glad to see from your list that I have started and completed a few of these tasks already 🙂

  • Linda Baird

    Thank you so much. My husband left because he said
    It was cluttered and had too many candles. He never
    Said a thing. I thought it looked fine.

    • Kathie

      What a ass he was to leave for that reason!

  • Ima Tiered

    WOW! Linda, that is a terrible thing to say to someone while heading out the door! Were his hands and legs broken? Or just his sense of decency? I know every year, this ends up on my list! Every year, I shoot for the moon! This year will be better, because I have already started. Sometimes it feels overwhelming to have acquired many precious things, but then sometimes, I have to take a step back and realize, some of this stuff just needs to go! But I wouldn’t keep someone around who could not communicate with me like a human being!

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