January marks a new year, and ‘Get Organized Month‘ as well. The start of 2015 is a great time for new beginnings and getting yourself and your home organized. If you want to kick-off the new year with a clutter-free and organized living space, here’s some simple steps to go about it:
- Assess the Situation: Take a look in each room in your home, and assess your problem areas, then prioritize them. Taking on one de-clutter project at a time will keep you from getting overwhelmed with the task.
- Purge: Decide the usefulness of everything taking up space in a particular area (and be honest). If you haven’t, or won’t, use it—get rid of it. Shred, give away or donate any and all items in your home that you don’t really need. Many times clutter comes from the things we just never got around to throwing away.
- Organize: Once you’re left with the essential items you’re keeping, you can get to the organization of them. Put things together in piles based on their common purposes. You can use bins, boxes, shelves, etc. to keep these items tidy and out of the way. It also really helps to use labels so you can find things easily in the future.
- Maintain: The biggest way to prevent future clutter problems, is to simply put things away as soon as you’re done with them. It sounds like a no-brainer idea, but everything in your home should have a place, and should always be kept in that place when you’re not using it. A classic example of this is mail: as soon as you read your mail, file it appropriately, don’t let it pile up on counters or drawers.