Every year seems to begin the same way: we make a resolution to better ourselves in one area or another, but then we slack off on the plan and completely abandon it by February or March. We start with the best of intentions, but we don’t always have the right tools or knowledge to keep going until we reach our goal.
One of the most common resolutions, year after year, is to get organized. If your New Year’s resolution this year is to get and stay organized, you don’t have to fail at it. All you need is a few good habits and tips, like the ones below!
1. Write down anything you need to remember. How many of us tell ourselves “I’ll remember that” when we get important information? Chances are, you’re going to eventually forget it — unless you write it down. Start writing down everything, from deadlines at work to grocery lists to your kids’ and grandkids’ events at school. Keep a small notebook in your purse or pocket to jot things down when you need to. If you need to remember due dates and appointments, try using a calendar, whether it’s on your phone or a giant dry erase board on your kitchen wall.
2. Have a “home” for every item you own. If general clutter is part of your need for organization, a solution is to have a proper place for every single item. Pens and pencils can go in a cup on the home office desk. Craft glitter goes on the second shelf of the spare bedroom closet. Yoga mats get rolled up and placed on the storage rack on the wall. Using a lot of totes and bins to keep items? One trick is to label those storage spaces (but never with the word “Miscellaneous”).
3. Take time to declutter regularly. If you want to be like other highly organized people, pick a time each week to go through your home and declutter. Wash the dishes right after dinner and put them away in the morning before work; make Sunday afternoon “laundry day,” and put away clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer; clear old receipts out of your purse every Friday night and put them in the right folders — whatever it takes to keep clutter to a minimum. Your home won’t stay organized on its own, and one of the best ways to keep it from getting out of hand is to take a little time, frequently, to stay on top of the organization.
4. Get rid of the excess. When you have more “stuff,” you likely have more clutter. Weeding out some of those extra, unnecessary items means less untidiness and less dust. Clear unused items out of your home — donate anything in good condition and throw everything else away. Have items you don’t use regularly but still need later in the year? Consider moving them into storage. When everything is finally cleared out and organized, avoid refilling the space with replacement items.
5. Put in the effort. Just like everything else worthwhile, getting and staying organized isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to take some work. But when you work hard and put in the effort, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor: an organized, clutter-free home.
As you begin to declutter your home, you may find yourself with items that take up space but that you don’t want to get rid of completely. Let Crampt step in and lend a hand. We’ll bring our Crampt Crates right to your door, so you can load up any items you no longer want in your home. We’ll then pick them up for you! Need help packing? No problem! We offer a personal packing service that can help you organize your items in each crate, so you can get done sooner. Then, our online management system makes it easy to keep track of your items, so even your belongings in storage stay organized.
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