How to organize your home for the New Year

January 1 marks the day when everyone starts trying to implement their New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier, being more active, spending less money – there are plenty of reoccurring resolutions that are all centred around living a happier, healthier lifestyle. However, the most common resolution that resurfaces each year is to be more organized.

Now, organization may seem like a broad term used to describe a simple task. However, home organization comes in all shapes and sizes, depending on the room, the item and how it’s used. Here are some of our top ways to organize your home this 2019:

  1. Make a plan. ‘Getting organized’ is an overwhelming task that in itself is impossible since you will never be fully done, so start listing the items that you want to complete. This will make it more manageable and you get the satisfaction of crossing items off your list when they’re completed.
  2. Label everything. Whether you live alone or with a family, labelling where things go can go a long way. Perhaps you label boxes in the storage room so that you don’t have to dig through every single one when you’re looking for that old photo album. Or perhaps you label your kitchen drawers so that everyone knows where the grater actually goes after it’s been washed.
  3. Colour-code. This can be as simple as using coloured Post-It notes for certain tasks or buying all cooking utensils with green handles so you always know which one is yours at a potluck. If you buy a matching set of pots and pans, you can guarantee that they will all be put back together. This can help your home look organized, and you will be more motivated to keep it looking neat and tidy when you enjoy the way it looks.
  4. Buy organizational holders. Whether this is a Tupperware container for your tools, a hanging shoe rack for the closet or an extra filing cabinet for the office, a designated ‘spot’ for items makes it a lot easier to put away. Once it has a designated spot, it will soon become a habit to put it thereafter every use. Foolproof, right?
  5. Don’t be afraid to purge. Once a year, it’s good to go through your house top to bottom and re-evaluate what’s necessary. A general rule is to look at the item and see if you’ve used it in the last year. If not, consider if it’s worth selling, donating or tossing in the trash. We’re all about being sentimental when it’s warranted; however, you probably don’t need that novel that you never finished six years ago.

 

Bottom line: Start small with an action plan to get things started. Once you start crossing items off your list, you’ll feel so accomplished that you’ll just want to keep on going. Let’s start 2019 with a clean, organized space so that you can set yourself up for success!

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