With the calendar turning over in January, many people will make New Year’s resolutions to get organized. One of the best ways to make your resolutions a reality is to commit to specific actions and projects, with clear deadlines.
Here are some suggestions for organizing projects to work on throughout the year. Start with the goal of completing one project each season. If you finish it, take on another. Your sense of accomplishment will motivate you to continue.
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Unless you live in the deep south, winter is a great time for projects that involve being indoors. When the temperature drops, it’s not the time to organize the garage! Try these projects:
- Clear out and organize kids’ toys, especially if they just received a lot of holiday loot. Make it easy for them to get to games, books and other activities they can play inside. Organize your books, DVDs and CDs so you can enjoy cozy evenings at home.
- Organize the hall closet, entryway or mudroom. Make space for bulky coats; keep hats, mittens and gloves within easy reach. Get a boot tray to keep slush from being tracked throughout the house.
Celebrate the feeling of renewal that spring brings by sprucing up your organizational systems.
- The tax man cometh! Set up a filing system to organize your financial papers and you may even be rewarded with a refund.
- As warm weather approaches, assess your winter clothes. Sell or donate items you don’t wear and that don’t fit. Toss or repair moth-eaten woolens. Reorganize your closet to make room for lighter-weight clothes and stash the heavy stuff.
Take advantage of warm weather, long days, and extra help from kids off from school to take on larger projects.
- Tackle the garage, attic or basement. Label bins and boxes to make it easy to see what you’ve got stored. Use waterproof containers if leaking and flooding could be an issue.
- Summer is a great time to hold a garage sale. Do some serious clearing out and see if you can turn clutter into cash.
- Sort and organize kids’ school work and art that accumulated during the year. Store the masterpieces and let go of the rest. Take photos of large pieces that you don’t have room for.
Fall / Holiday
Clear space for house guests and entertaining. Get organized to make the holiday season more of a joy, less of a chore.
- De-clutter the guest room and organize your linens. Do you really need spare sheets to sleep 20?
- Organize the kitchen and pantry. Take stock of your serving dishes, cookware and plastic food containers. These things seem to multiply spontaneously; pare down to what you actually use.
- Organize your holiday decorations by mid-October before the stress of the season sets in. Avoid last-minute panic shopping: take stock of gift wrap, ribbon and cards so you don’t buy supplies you already have.
- Celebrate the changes you’ve made throughout the year to make your life easier!
Organization expert Lisa Zaslow never forgot what she learned as a 9 year old girl scout: leave a place better than you found it. Since founding Gotham Organizers 10 years ago, she’s helped thousands of people save space, time and effort by getting organized at home and at work. Lisa doesn’t preach the conventional organizing “rules” (she has yet to figure out how to touch every piece of paper only once); her mission is to offer practical advice and simple solutions that make getting organized easy, fast, and even fun! Get Lisa’s super-easy free organizing tips at www.GothamOrganizers.com.