Home organization tips for the new year
As the year comes to a close, feelings of nostalgia, accomplishment and recollection surface. It’s a great time to look back at all of the memories made with family and friends, as well as the personal goals you set and achieved since January. It’s also the perfect opportunity for a fresh start; to find a new purpose, look forward to the future and embark on new journeys with your loved ones. With this refreshing time also comes an opportunity to get your home back in order, as upkeep may have fallen by the wayside toward the end the year.
The holiday season often creates a whirlwind of chaos, likely making your living space less orderly than you’d like. So, why not take advantage of this fresh start and get organized? But before you commit to this task, you need to be in the right mindset, according to Jeffrey Phillip, professional organizer and interior designer.
“When approaching an organizing project, it’s important to think of it in a similar way you think of fitness routines and diets,” Phillip told Real Simple magazine. “These things are most successful when they are approached in a way that can be maintainable with your lifestyle. Organizing is the same. If the systems you set up are not feasible to maintain, then they will not stick.”
Once your mind is in the right place, you can get coordinated with ease. Here are a few home organization tips to consider for the new year:
Donate unused items
Before you start reorganizing your items, get rid of everything you haven’t used in months. These items are better off in the hands of someone who will utilize them, so instead of throwing things in the trash, take advantage of donating. Giving back is especially important around the holiday season.
Gone are the days of stacking your mail near the front door, only for it to pile up for months until it crashes down onto the kitchen floor. Put a filing system in place instead. Hangable storage is great because they can add character to a space while also being fully functional. Not only will this keep your mind at ease, it’ll also make your living space look more sleek, stylish and put together.
Develop a regular cleaning routine
The last thing you want to do is put effort into a reorganized space in January only for it to fall to pieces by late February. Instead of letting your home get out of hand instantly, start prioritizing a regular cleaning routine. Every week, reorganize everything in your living space that’s out of place. Every other week, give each room a deep clean. Remember: It takes 21 days to develop a habit, so as long as you stay motivated and push yourself through the first month, your organization habits will stick.
Sometimes, getting your home back in order can seem like an impossible task. If you’re worried about getting the job done on your own and you need some help maintaining an organized space as well, contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your living space based on its current state. From there, one of our professionals will provide helpful insight, tips and ideas to make your home more cohesive from the start of the new year until the next holiday season.
Jan. 1 is right around the corner. Don’t wait any longer to reach out to a design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors!