Five New Year’s Organization Resolutions

Happy New Year!  With another year gone and another year ahead this time of year when most of us sit down and start making their resolutions and goals for the New Year.

Beyond all of those resolutions about going to the gym, cutting out cake, or riding your bike more often, why not add in a few organizational resolutions as well?

Adding a bit of additional organization to your home (and life) is the perfect way to kick off 2013 in a positive way. So, let’s explore a couple of organization resolutions you might consider!

Minimize the Clutter

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One of the best things you can do to get your home more organized is to get rid of the clutter. Over the course of a year we accumulate a ton of stuff, most of which actually causes more of a mess than it’s worth.

So, make a resolution to go through your home once a month to clear the clutter. I go by a standard rule of thumb in my own home: if I haven’t used it in a month, then it has to go.

Make a collection of your things, recycle what you can, and also consider donating any items in good condition to your local shelter or church. To make a few bucks, get those goods up on eBay, you can de-clutter and make a few bucks at the same time!

Install Shelving

You know those shelves that you bought last year and kept telling yourself you were going to install? Now is the time to do it.

Shelves are one of top organizational tools available. Regardless of the floor space available in your home or apartment, you can always use shelving to go vertical.

If you haven’t already, make a resolution to head to your local big box store and get yourself some shelves to put up. Just this simple step will do wonders for your organizational life; things can come off the floor and out of draws to give you more storage.

Set a Cleaning Schedule

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Ugh, cleaning, no one loves that, right? But, just like flossing, cleaning your home is an essential part of life. The easiest way to ensure cleaning happens on a regular basis is to make a schedule.

Set aside a day of the week (like a Sunday morning) to do a full clean for an hour or two. Or, spread it out and give each area of your home a day of the week. So, Monday’s are kitchen cleaning days, Tuesdays will be the bedroom and so on. Things become much more manageable when it’s split up into just a half hour a day.

This is also the perfect place to enlist help. Grab your husband, girlfriend, roommate or the kids and assign tasks on a rotating basis. Cleaning is far less tedious when it’s a team effort!

Do a Home Inventory

This is the time of year where you want to make sure that you are checking around your home to make sure anything that is broken can be repaired or replaced.

If you are in the market for an updated look consider getting some furniture that is dual purpose or has an organizational component built in. Such as a coffee table that can double as a storage space.

Also, make sure to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers to be confident they are in proper working order. And if you haven’t already, consider changing your bulbs to high efficiency models that will save you quite a bit of money and energy over the course of the year.

Keep Your Paperwork in Order

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Living in a home or apartment, you realize just how much mail you get every week. Unfortunately, the vast majority is either junk mail or bills, so not exactly thrilling, but you need to get an organization system in place.

You can set up a filing system for your bills and things like food delivery and take out receipts so you will have them in one place for your taxes down the road. This will also ensure that you don’t miss paying any bills, something that can hurt your credit.

If you are going for a greener home in the New Year, then contact your billing companies and ask to get e-statements, this will appear in your email and saves quite a bit in paper each year.

What are Your Tips?

Do you have your own resolutions or organizational tips for the New Year? Let us know in the comments!