5 Practical Steps For Getting Organized In The New Year

Oh it’s that time of year when we all say that we’re going to finally get organized. Then somewhere around January 15th we’ve given up and say that we’ll do it next year.  What’s stops you from getting organized it exactly what stops the rest of us…it’s overwhelming!  

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Take a deep breath, we’ve got you covered. We have done the hard part and all you have to do is follow the checklist. 

1. Keep it simple! This is not the time to tear out and install a new organization system in your closet.  We’re just getting rid of things we don’t need now.

2. Work on one area at a time.  Don’t try organizing your kitchen and bathroom at the same time. This is a sure way to overwhelm yourself.

3. Give yourself a time limit on each area, write it down and stick to it!  Be exact.  I give myself 2 hours to organize my kitchen.  If I start at 9am I’ll write 11:00am down. I’ll keep an eye on the clock and if I see I’m lagging I pick up the speed! If you don’t finish, put everything away so you don’t have a clutter on your counters and come back to it tomorrow. 

4. Don’t be afraid to throw it away or donate it.  I good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in a year you don’t need it.  Of course there are always exceptions.

5. Make a check list!  This will help you keep track of what you’re doing and help you stay motivated. Does the thought of actually making the list stress you out? Don’t worry!  We have a list already done for you. Below the list you’ll also find a print out to make it easier. 

GETTING ORGANIZED FOR 2016

Kitchen – Time Allowed____________________________

  • Refrigerator – Check expiration dates; throw old leftovers out, wipe down shelves and drawers. Change your baking soda.
  • Pantry – Check the expiration on cans and other foods. Wipe down shelves. Check expiration dates on spices. This is good time to buy all new spices.
  • Under The Sink – Throw out all empty containers and reorganize. Wipe down shelves.
  • Junk Drawer – Throw away anything you haven’t used in the last year.  Find homes for everything else.

Bathrooms – Time Allowed__________________________

  • Restock – Restock toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, towels and lotions.
  • Under The Sink – Throw out all empty containers and reorganize. Wipe down shelves.
  • Medicine Cabinets – Throw out any expired medications (properly).
  • Clean out the toiletries – Time to pitch all those lotions, shampoos and makeup that you didn’t like and are never going to use. All those samples you thought you might someday use? Donate them to a local women’s shelter.

Bedrooms – Time Allowed __________________________

  • Under Beds – Anything that you haven’t used in a year or two needs to go.
  • Closet – Anything you haven’t worn in a year should go. Give it to a local women’s shelter.  
  • Kids Closet – Have the kids go through their closets with you. Do they like it? Does it fit? If not, give it to someone who needs it.

Office – Time Allowed _____________________________

  • File Cabinet/Piles of Paper – All important papers should be stored in a file box marked 2014. Make sure everything is in appropriate files.
  • Business Cards – All the business cards you’ve collected should be entered into your computer contacts then recycled.

Computer – Time Allowed ___________________________

  • Email – Trash any junk mail (make sure you unsubscribe). This is a great time to unsubscribe to any newsletters you don’t read. Create folders for emails you need to keep. This will help you find emails in the future.
  • Documents – Time to clean up any unorganized documents. Trash those you no longer need and organize the ones you do into folders.
  • Pictures – Organize pictures. Delete duplicates or ones where you took a series of the same thing to get the perfect photo. Keep the perfect one, delete the others. At the very least, just put them in folders by the appropriate months.

Time to get organzied

 

 

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