Going into the new year, everyone is starting to think about new year’s resolutions that they can use to change and improve their lives. Whether you are trying to totally reinvent yourself or are simply trying to manage your finances better, millions of people around the globe are setting new goals for improvement in the new year.
New Year’s Resolutions for Organizing Your Home
Maybe you just want to better organize and declutter your life so that you can have less stress. Organizing your life and your home by simplifying the way that you do things can be one of the best ways to kick off the new year. Let’s take a look at a few organizational new year’s resolutions that you can set for yourself to make next year even easier.
1. Resolve to Eliminate, Donate and Sell
What are the things that are taking up the most space in your home? What are some of the clothes and objects that are lying around your home that you haven’t used in months or years?
If you really want the most effective way to organize and simplify your life in the new year, start with getting rid of everything that you don’t use (one option may be renting a storage space).
Every year, we spend hundreds (maybe thousands!) of dollars on things that we think that we are going to need. Sometimes, we end up using it a few times and sometimes we buy something preemptively then never end up using the item. We keep these things around because we think we’re going to need them someday, and it would be more convenient if we had that in our possession when we need it.
How many times have you thought that about tools, clothes, objects, pieces of furniture, or other things that you place unnecessary sentimental value in? It seems our brains tend to develop an attachment to things we believe we may need at some point in the future, when all they are really doing is taking up space while not getting used.
Take an inventory of the clothes and clutter in your house. The odds are that you have a lot of things that have been sitting around your home, that you haven’t needed in a long time. Make a new year’s resolution for yourself and say that if you haven’t used something in a certain amount of months or years, you should get rid of it.
Some great ways to get rid of the things that you aren’t using include:
Having a yard sale
Donating your belongings to a good cause
Selling some of your things online
Giving unused clothes, shoes, etc. to friends and family who may want them
2. Resolve to Declutter and Label
After you have gotten rid of the stuff you aren’t using and aren’t wearing, it is time to declutter the things that you have that are left in your home. One of the best ways that you can do that is giving everything in your house a designated location. When you aren’t using it, it goes right back to the place that you got it from.
Labeling is another great strategy that you can use to declutter and organize your home in the new year. Use tape and a permanent marker or a label gun so that you can label boxes, containers, and other objects so that you know exactly what they are and where they belong in your home.
3. Resolve to Clean Your Home
After you have successfully gotten rid of anything you aren’t using and organized everything that is still in your home, it’s time to simplify your life even further. Now that you’ve cleared all of the excesses from your life, it’s going to be much easier to clean your home.
To make cleaning your home a little easier and more appealing, make a new year’s cleaning schedule for yourself throughout the beginning of the new year. Buy a magnetic marker or chalkboard calendar and hang it up somewhere in your house that is easy to see. Set specific days of the week that you are going to clean:
The living room
Hardwood and/or tile
Outdoor walkways and driveway
You can use this same calendar process for organizing other chores during the week and also for planning meals ahead of time.
Would you like more tips or advice on how you can get organized in the new year? Check out some of our other helpful blog posts.