January is the perfect time of year to reassess the organization of your home. The holidays are over, the blank slate feeling of the new year has arrived, and keeping your home organized and tidy will allow you more time to focus on your New Year’s resolutions.
These tips may require a bit of time and effort on the front end, but they will build a smooth foundation for easy home organization for the rest of the year.
1. Purchase a shelving unit for the garage or basement to stow Holiday decor.
Storage and organization is an issue for so many of us. Having a separate shelving unit tucked away in your basement or garage is a great way to store items you don’t use often. This will free up space in closets and areas of your home where you need space for more regularly used items.
When everyday items have a designated “home” in your home, it is SO much easier to keep your space tidy and organized.
2. Organize your decor before packing it away.
I like to organize my holiday decor before packing it away. I wrap ornaments in tissue paper to protect them and then store them in shoe size plastic boxes to ensure their safe keeping. For wreaths, I purchase special storage containers that you can find at most home improvements stores designed specifically for wreaths. For all other Holiday decor items, I purchase plastic tubs, each labeled with the items it contains (Ex: Stockings, Christmas Lights, Nativity Set). Then I place them on the shelving unit I have for holiday decor and stack them according to weight.
This makes decorating such a breeze for next year. You will already know where everything is.
3. For every new gift you receive, give away two old items you no longer use.
Better to have less and have it be tidy and organized, than have a bunch of items that live in your space with no home. I know sorting through your items and making a Goodwill pile can be a little intimidating, but this is the perfect time of year to do it.
A good rule of thumb is, for each new item you received over the holiday season, give away one or two items that you no longer use. Trust me, the is life/home changing. Your home will instantly feel more spacious and that will leave you more room to organize the belongings you are going to keep. In addition, giving to Goodwill or a similar charity of your choice will make you feel fabulous.
4. Create a seasonal toy stowing organization system for your children’s toys.
Do your children have a pile of toys that seems unending? Do you feel like you will never have enough storage space to stow them away comfortably? Create a seasonal toy stowing system.
Just like you swap your fall/winter closet for your spring/summer closet, swap out your children’s toys seasonally. Purchase several bins (that you can store on the shelving unit you purchased for your Holiday decor) and label them with Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Then sort toys, books, etc. into four piles. Toys are not necessarily seasonal, however, by doing this, you will instantly declutter your home, and when a new season rolls around, your children will feel like they have a whole new set of toys. They may feel like its Christmas four times a year.
To me, this is a win for you and the organization of your home AND a win for your children!
5. Give your home a good cleaning.
Starting the year with a clean home feels so refreshing. Free up a weekend in January, charge your iPod, and clean away. Wipe windows, move your couch and give the floor underneath it a good vacuuming, clean your oven, etc… Why wait for spring cleaning when you can do it now? This will not only make your home look and feel clean, it will make you feel that much more ready to own this next year!
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
6. Make a chore list that you can reuse all year.
A chore list helps to keep me on track all year long. If you have a family, you can assign and then rotate chores each week to each family member. This ensures everyone is contributing to maintaining a lovely home.
The blog Gone Like Rainbows published a great post about Complete House Keeping with free downloads (the one above is from this article). I highly recommend it for those who want to maintain an organized (and clean) home throughout the year.
Well what do you think? Were these organizational tips helpful? I would love to hear from you!
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