January 20th, 2017 at 11:00 am


New Year’s resolutions can be hard.

According to Statistic Brain, only 9.2 percent of people surveyed felt they were successful in achieving their resolution last year. If you’re in the same boat as the 90 percent that didn’t feel confident about last year’s resolutions, it’s time to change that.

Many of us made a resolution this year to be more organized, whether at home, in the office, or just in your everyday life. If you’re off to a slow start getting organized, the time is now. Let’s get going:

Keep, donate, trash

We know you’ve probably done this before. Every so often, you sort through all your belongings and separate them into three piles: keep, donate, and trash.

When sorting through your belongings, ask yourself:

Depending on your answers, you should have a good idea of which pile to choose. When in doubt, remember that simplifying your home can have many positive effects: less clutter, less stress, and more time to enjoy being in your home are just a few.

Try to tackle one room every weekend until you’ve hit them all, and don’t forget to enlist your family members or roommates to help out.

Surround yourself with things that you love

While you’re sorting through your many belongings, reflect on the impact they have on you. How do they make you feel? In the words of Marie Kondo, do they spark joy? If you are indifferent to your belongings or keeping them simply out of obligation, it might be time to move on.

Make more piles

Now that you (hopefully) have significantly fewer items cluttering up your home, it’s time to sort them into more piles.

When sorting through everything you still have, identify belongings that are used on a daily basis, used fairly frequently, and rarely used. This will help you figure out where and how to store these items in your home, so you don’t have the crock pot you use maybe twice a month on a low shelf and the toaster you use every single morning hidden up high on a shelf.

Put things where they belong

And then make sure they stay there.

Just because you threw out or got rid of half your belongings doesn’t mean your work is done. Organizing your home and being organized are two different things. It’s time to make sure everything in your home has a place to live, and that everyone gets in the habit of putting them back immediately after use.

Kill the clutter

We mean it when we say everything should be put away.

It’s easy to leave the vacuum cleaner sitting in the corner of your living room if you have a dog that sheds and causes you to vacuum every other day, but your home will look and feel so much cleaner if it is both fur- and vacuum-free. This applies for lots of things, such as your coffeepot, coasters, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, shoes, TV remotes, etc. Once you get in the habit of putting these items away after each and every use, it will become second nature.

If your storage shelves don’t have cabinets, consider adding doors or swapping them out with shelves that are more equipped to hide your clutter. Items like DVD players, movies, guest towels, office supplies, etc. should all be hidden behind closed doors. You’ll be surprised at how your home transforms and feels cleaner when your belongings are not on display.

Create a space that makes you happy

Items you don’t need to hide away are pictures, candles, souvenirs, books, and anything else that makes you happy. Be selective when picking the items  you display in your home, and remember that you have to see them every day and anyone that comes into your home will see them too.

If there are belongings on display that don’t have sentimental value or add aesthetic to the room, you might want to consider putting them away or tossing them into your “donate” pile.

In the end, you just want to have a home that makes you and everyone in it comfortable and happy, and sometimes that starts with simplifying your life.

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