Organizing Tips for January
As the new year begins, I am giving you my best advice to start you on your organizing journey. Make a commitment to place a donate/recycle box or bag near your door and put something in it everyday. At the end of the week remove it and take it to its designated place.
So many times we keep things “just in case I might need it” but we haven’t used it in years if ever. Impulse purchases and gifts are often put in drawers, cabinets or closets but never used. Free yourself of these items and make space for organizing what is left.
Other items may have lost their usefulness but could be used by someone else. Move those on to a higher purpose. If sentimental items are not being enjoyed or honored but rather packed away in a closet or attic, see if another family member has room to display or used them. Letting go an item doesn’t mean you forget the person or event.
If you are diligent to put an item in everyday, you will quickly see more space for the things you use and love. Of course a closet clean out could have enough items to meet your quota for a week or two. It is never too late to make changes to be better organized.
Here are more reminders for January.
- Start a container for tax related items that arrive in the mail this month.
- Update your paper and computer records by purging folders of items no longer needed. This will make planning a new budget for the year and preparing tax forms much easier. Shred old financial documents a little at a time or take them to a records management company to be shred professionally.
- If you have not already done so, get a new planner/calendar that shows a week at a glance and breaks each day into hourly segments. Schedule your daily activities in it. Most computers have programs to do this, as does Google and other online sources, at no additional cost.
- Update your home inventory. Take pictures or make a video of every room, every closet, the garage and attic for insurance purposes. These pictures will also give you a fresh and objective look at the appearance of you spaces.
Set a goal to make this year a successful one for organizing your home. Every step will make it a more enjoyable place for you and your family. If you have questions or comments you may contact me through my website: www.orderlyplaces.com.