New Year’s is a professional organizer's favorite time of year. Here at Done & Done Home, we love any opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to set up systems that will benefit us in the coming months.
If you’d like to jump on the resolution bandwagon and get your home in order, we have a few tips to get you started. One of the most important things to remember is that organizing is a process, not an event. So here are some general rules that will help you stay on top of things.
Never Leave A Room Empty-Handed
Through the course of a day, many of the items in our homes get relocated. Whether it’s your morning coffee cup or your child’s bucket of blocks, things end up where they don’t belong. Make a habit that every time you leave a room, you grab something and put it back where it lives. The same thing applies to going up and down the stairs if you have more than one floor. It may not seem like a big deal, but a 5 minute tidy will keep the clutter at bay.
Watch What Comes In The Front Door
With the holidays behind us, now is a good time to commit to intentional consumerism. The main reason our homes get cluttered and disorganized is that we all have too much stuff. We like to apply the “one in, one out” rule. If you can’t pass up on a new pair of heels, another pair you already own has to go. Home decor, perfume, clothes, pet toys…whatever the item may be…if a new thing comes in, an old one needs to go out.
Do A Seasonal Edit
No matter how careful you are, there will be things in your home that you no longer want or need. The changing of the seasons is a great time to go through your possessions. For example, if Spring has arrived, it’s a great opportunity to go through your winter clothes. Weed out the sweaters and scarves you didn’t wear and put them in your donation bin. Do the same process in all the zones of your home such as your pantry, linen closets, and medicine cabinets.
Organizing doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Stay on top of the chaos by doing a little every day, be intentional with your purchases and go through your possessions every few months. And if you need a jump start or some assistance, we’d be happy to offer our expertise!