New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year when we make our New Year’s resolutions. Organization is one of the top ten resolutions, and for good reason: Getting organized helps you live a better life, reduce your stress and just plain get things done! The actual task of organization can be a daunting one if you aren’t sure where to start. There are three key steps to getting organized, no matter which room you are working on: 1. Sorting: Take some time to sort through your belongings and decide what you really need to keep and what should be thrown away, recycled or donated. This can be easily determined by asking yourself two questions: “Do I love it and use it?” and “Is it important for legal reasons?” This is crucial when getting organized, and skipping this step will hamper any efforts you make next. So, get out some paper bags or boxes and sort.

2. Assigning Homes: Once you know what you are keeping, it’s time to assign homes. Mail in a basket or tray by the front door, baking spices together in a neatly arranged cabinet, toiletries displayed on a counter or service tray or car keys by the door. The more you think about what you use and where you use it, the easier it will be to keep it in order.

3. Maintaining: Once you’ve sorted, edited and assigned homes for everything, give yourself a pat on the back. However, remember to keep putting things back in their designated homes. The most important step in getting organized is staying that way. You’ve worked hard to create a beautiful and functional space, so honor your hard work and take a few minutes each day to keep everything where it belongs.

Organization helps you not only reduce stress but enables you to live your life the way you want to. Whatever you do and wherever you go, if you have your “stuff” together you can do anything!

Tip submitted by:
Brandie Kajino, IRN The Home Office Organizer Vancouver, WA