If you’re determined to be more organised this year – don’t make the common mistake of expecting it all to happen at once – this is only setting yourself up for failure.
Instead, use the New Year as an opportunity to really think about what you want to achieve and plan out the keys steps that will help you get organised and achieve your goals over the course of the year.
Let’s make a fresh start in 2015 with a totally organised life! Nothing is better than having a home that is easy to navigate with and belongings that are even easier to find. January is the get organised month – so here are 8 tips on how to get organised:
1. Have A Plan In Place
When decluttering you can sometimes be distracted as you aren’t sure exactly what you may need in the future – so take some time to plan the space you are decluttering. Therefore you’ll have more of an idea what needs to go where and what constitutes as clutter for that particular area.
2. Create Some Goals
Keep yourself on track in the New Year with creating a goals list and then rotate that list throughout the year. One of your goals could be to organise for 15 minutes each day – this could be anything from sorting the mail, to throwing out mystery foods in the fridge. That 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference over time.
3. Tackle One Area At A Time
When decluttering or organising, it’s important that you only tackle on area at a time. Instead of aiming to organise an entire room – why not aim to tackle sections of that space in turn. As you gradually move round a room you will start to see a real difference, rather than jumping from place to place.
4. Remember Less Is More
People tend to think that storage bins and baskets will solve every organisational problem they have – however it’s the letting go of items, decluttering and clearing out spaces where you’ll find the most success. Therefore your storage unit will stay clutter free throughout the year – with less to store, less to rummage through and less in your way.
5. Organise Your Wardrobe
When it comes to sorting out your wardrobe – be ruthless! Spend a few hours going through your clothes – think about whether or not things fit anymore, or whether you still like them. If the answer is no, then it’s time to let them go! Get those big garbage bags out and fill them up with your unwanted items – then take them to your local charity.
6. Dive Into Your Under The Stairs Closet
What’s lurking under your stairs cupboard? If you’re terrified to open the door in case you’re attacked by the vacuum cleaner then maybe it’s time to re-organise. Let’s not delay tackling the clutter here any long – you can revolutionise this space with some sort of storage unit or shelving – this will help turn it into something to be proud of.
7. Get Rid Of The Junk
You’ll be surprised just how many half used, near enough empty bath bottles you have lying around or how many things in the kitchen are out of date. Now’s the time to go through your cupboards and get rid of anything that’s just wasting space. Get rid of any prescription medicines that you no longer need and remember to go through all those dry and canned goods lingering at the back of your cupboards.
8. Keep On Top Of Things – Review The Year Behind
Once you’ve organised your house – don’t allow things to get cluttered again. Now that you’ve done the hard work you’ll need to stay on top of things. By doing a quick tidy up at the end of the day putting things back where they should go – you’ll be able to keep your house in order. At the start of a New Year, it’s a great opportunity to look back and review what you have achieved. And if you haven’t been able to keep your house in order this year, then you can make a new plan at the beginning of next year.
Remember – getting organised takes patience, time and the ability to throw things away. But whatever you do, be sure to complete what you’ve started. The last thing you want is unfinished projects in every corner of your home!
If you’ve made a resolution to be more organised in 2015, then be sure to tweet us your ideas at @shelfstore – we’d love to hear about it