It is January and we all tend to reflect on the past year and then more importantly our New Year’s goals. Simplifying and getting organized usually tops the list!
First, how do you know where to start? Start small! Break down projects or areas to small doable tasks. Write those tasks down in your schedule. It’s always good to start in an area that will make a big difference; an area that bugs you or an area that you use every day.
Here are a few simple steps to help make that first organizing session a success.
If you don’t love it or use it, it’s clutter!
Toss the trash and group the donates together and clear everything that doesn’t belong.
Give what’s left a home close to where you use it and the more you use it, the more convenient it has to be. Give it a great container that has a little room to grow.
Here are a few great containers or organizing products that I love to use. (The first few are favorites with a new twist!)
All Access Organizers- When I go into client’s home and see a stack of bins, I usually see a pile around the stack. Let’s face it, it is hard to put something away in the bottom bin and when it’s hard you don’t do it. Hence, the start of a pile. Not anymore with All Access Organizers, you can easily open a front panel and no more piles!
Bento Bins- These are decorative bins that you can use anywhere in your home. The twist is the built-in dividers that flip out from the corners when you need them. Brilliant!
I love Over the Door Shoe Holders in every room! They hold gloves, hats, toiletries, office supplies, Barbie’s and shoes! The twist is bigger pockets. Using the usually wasted space on the back of the door to hold those larger items is a great way to gain space.
Another win is a behind the door jewelry organizer. Who doesn’t need a full length mirror and what women doesn’t need to check the finishing touches like your jewelry? Now you can combine both; a mirror that opens to store a ton of jewelry. I love the double duty!
Another fashion statement (and necessity) we have this season is boots. There are boot shapers to take care them but they can be hard on the budget. I love this cheap and easy idea. Use the summer swim noodles and a serrated knife. Cut the noodles to the desired length, insert them in your boots and you have a cheap and easy way of take care of the boots that you depend on to take care of your feet.
Being organized is all about being able to find what you need when you need it. That is made easy with FileThis. This tech solution fetches your statements and puts them where you want them on your computer. I know it’s January but April 15th will be here before we know it. With FileThis, there is no more hunting for statements. They are all in one place and organized!
Here’s wishing you’re a happy, healthy and organized 2015!