A new year is the perfect time to declutter and get organized. There’s no greater feeling than coming home to a tidy house. However, this is certainly easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help get you started. Start small and start simple.
Clothes – This seems like a big job, but it’s really pretty simple. Once you’re finished, your closets will feel refreshed and so will you. One way of organizing your clothes is to make sure all of your clothes hangars are facing the same direction. Once you wear a piece and put it back, turn the hangar around. In six months, take a look at which items have not turned (as in you haven’t worn them in six months). These are items you may want to consider donating. This is a great option for long term results, but what about something faster?
Another trick is to dedicate a single day to going through your pieces one by one. Remove all items from your closet. Pick them up one at a time and ask yourself if that piece makes you happy. If yes, put it in your “keep” pile. If no, put it in your “donate” pile. If you’re unsure, create a third pile to come back to at another time.
Once you’re finished, you may be amazed at how large your donate pile is. Put the “keep” pile back in your closet and soak in the great feeling of an organized closet!
The next big category to organize for a quick win is your books! Have you ever asked yourself why you have so many books? Go through these the same way you do clothes, but ask yourself if you think you’ll reach for this book in the next year. We’re confident you’ll be able to downsize your collection with this tip. Do one round of this now and try another round in a few months. You’ll slowly decrease your “stuff” over time.
Once you’ve tackled these quick wins, how do you keep the momentum going?
Try these tricks daily or weekly. As you start to see less clutter, you’ll be more and more excited about your organized home.
- If you’re a TV watcher, pick up during commercial breaks. It’s amazing what you can get done in just a couple minutes.
- Adopt a habit of spending 10 minutes before bed each night cleaning up. You’ll wake up in a better mood!
- Try to fill a trash bag or box with items to throw away or donate.