New year, newfound opportunity to get organized. While you can totally clean out your closet or sort your belongings any old time, a new year feels like a fresh start. Use this “blank slate” feeling to get organized in 2018.
Not sure how to get started? Don’t worry. You don’t have to trim down all of your worldly possessions or embark on a hundred-day home organization challenge. (Unless that’s your jam, then go for it!) You can get organized in a way that makes sense for you and your home.
Read our tips to learn how to organize your home for 2018.
Who said you have to clean out every single nook and cranny in your house? It’s easy to get overwhelmed when starting a new home project. Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your house doesn’t have to be spic-and-span after one weekend.
Start small and organize one space. Trust us. Setting aside 15 minutes or an hour here and there to clean out a drawer or trim down your hall closet is way more doable than you think. Once you organize just one area of your home, that sense of accomplishment will help encourage you to keep going.
make a plan
Have you ever started sorting through a bookshelf, only to notice that your file cabinet is overflowing with papers—so then you stop organizing the bookshelf to fix up the cabinet? We’re guilty of this organization ADD. When you start and stop different organization projects, every project takes longer and it’s easy to get frustrated.
That’s why it’s oh-so-important to start with a plan. Make a list of the key areas that need some organizing TLC in each room of your house. Then set a realistic schedule for yourself.
Maybe you assign yourself one room each week—or each month! The more realistic your plan is, the more likely you’ll be able to follow it.
the cure for clutter
Let’s face it. The easiest way to cure clutter is through prevention. Whether you let mail pile up on the counter or old magazine issues collect in the living room, clutter begets clutter. Once you’ve actually organized those bills and magazines (we recommend the Honey-Can-Do brown woven drawer chest!), make sure you do your part to prevent those problems.
For example, vow to always sort mail every night by recycling what you don’t need and filing away what you do.
accessories can be your friend
Organization accessories can be a real life-saver. It might sound counterintuitive to buy something new when you’re focused on minimizing your things, but they can actually help save space.
This Honey-Can-Do under cabinet organizer makes it easy to avoid that black hole of stuff that so easily forms in your kitchen or bathroom.
You can also try some organization accessories that hide their usefulness in plain sight. These collapsible ottomans can store toys, clothes, and other items while still being useful. And if you need to temporarily stow away the ottoman, it’s easy to collapse and hide.
get ready, get set, get organized!
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