Want to get organized in the new year but just don’t know where to start? Check out these 7 resolutions that will transform your life and help you get organized in 2017!
1. Downsize It!
Downsizing is a topic we have covered at length here on Lady Vivra. It’s hard to get organized or stay organized when your life and home are cluttered with items you no longer need or use. That goes doubly for New Year, coming off of Christmas with all our new gadgets and toys.
When the new year arrives, try minimizing your household clutter. Before putting up those new presents, go through your older household items. Donate items in good condition, or sell them using a platform like eBay or Craigslist. Get rid of duplicate items or pass them on to a friend or family member.
2. Neater, Cleaner, Better
Now that you’ve decluttered – it’s time to clean.
80% of cleaning is picking stuff up and putting it back where it belongs. Often, that can be a lot more time consuming than we allow for.
Instead of doing it all in one go, setup a cleaning schedule. For example, tackle laundry on Monday nights, the bathroom(s) on Saturday mornings and the living spaces on a Sunday. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but setting up cleaning routines can break things down into easier, bite-sized chunks that make your life simpler.
3. Separate and Label
Cleaning and organizing is so much easier when you separate, categorize and label…EVERYTHING!
Neatly typed labels make all the difference when you’ve reorganized because you and the family have virtual directions for putting things back in their new places.
For example: When you take down your tree and your Christmas decorations, take time to label each box. Put down what is in the box and also the category and a box number.
4. Save Money
This isn’t a topic we often think of when it comes to getting organized, but it’s no less important than labeling or putting things back where they belong.
Being disorganized makes it easier to waste money and spend it on things that we don’t really need or use. Keeping a close eye on your finances and setting spending goals, limits and budgets is a great way to ensure you don’t make pointless purchases that lead to clutter in the home.
List the necessary expenses with fluctuating costs: gas bills, electric bills, phone bills, groceries. Set up a budget for each and try to cut back on usage.
Finally, list the fun-only expenses: golfing fees, lessons, clothes, Starbucks, movies, dining out, etc. Set a budget for each.
Life is crazy. I don’t need to tell you that. But by simplifying our lives and routines we can create a more organized environment in our homes.
Simplify your life. Take time to assess your routines honestly and openly. Can you simplify your chaotic morning through preparation the night before? Could your cleaning routines be a little easier just by breaking things up into more frequent and short bursts?
Think of ways you can make your routines more efficient and put them into action. By making things simpler you can lead a more organized life.
6. Remember: Take Care of Yourself
There’s no point making a commitment to get organized if you aren’t taking care of yourself.
When setting up plans or routines, remember to pencil in time for yourself. Allow at least 10 minutes a day to relax and recharge. Try finding a quiet space and reading a book. Or, you can just find a quiet space and spend a few minutes in quiet reflection.
If you’re not at your peak, you can’t expect your organizing to be any better. Remember: take care of yourself so you can take care of the rest.
7. Be Your Best Self
If you find time to be good to yourself you will find the time, energy, and patience to be good to your home and your loved ones.
Getting organized can be a long and sometimes frustrating process. If you don’t feel like your best self, the commitment it takes to get your home in order seems even harder. Work hard to be your best and keep your goals and dreams clearly in mind.