6 Easy Resolutions for Your Most Organized Year Ever
This year will finally be the year you cut down on clutter, eliminate mess, and actually know where to find everything in your home. Sound familiar? Along with working out and eating healthier, getting organized is one of the most popular, annual resolutions we make for ourselves. But if the idea of getting started seems overwhelming, don’t worry. We broke down the life goal of “ getting organized" into six simple resolutions that will help you get there once and for all this year. Keep reading for our organization roadmap below. You can do it!
Before the new year begins, take the time to automate as many payments as you can, from your electric and credit card bills to car insurance payments and loans, so you never forget to make a payment again. While you're establishing auto pay, sign up for electronic billing and monthly statements to cut down on the amount of mail you receive and subsequently have to sort. Create a master list of all the dates of payment, logins, and passwords for your various e-bill accounts, and make it a habit to update it when something changes.
No matter how much you automate, you're still going to receive paper bills, catalogs, documents, invitations, and family cards and letters through the mail. Nothing is easier to neglect—and nothing piles up faster—than untended-to mail. When piles of mail become too big, it feels overwhelming and you get anxious to go through it for fear of what you've missed. Don't let this happen in 2015!
Resolve to sort mail every day, as doing so one day at a time only takes a few minutes, sometimes seconds. Once your mail is in hand, don't allow yourself to move on to something else until you've opened it, thrown out what you don’t need, and filed what you'll need to remember or want to save.
It's impossible to be organized when where you're putting something always changes. Take the time to carve out and assign a permanent living place for things you're constantly reaching for and using, like your keys, remote controls, pens, batteries, light bulbs, craft supplies, etc. If something has a regular home, you won't need to tear the house apart looking for it the next time you need it.
Living an organized life takes dedicated scheduling. Figure out ways to work planning into the life you already live, whether by doing it for 15 minutes with the coffee you have every morning, or taking 15 minutes at the end of the night to jot down goals and to-dos for the next day. Plan the parts of the house you'll clean, plan to purge the overflowing cabinet under the sink—because without planning it, you're unlikely to be struck with the spontaneous urge to organize your storage closet.
Hoarding and being organized are mutually exclusive. You can't be organized if you can't throw things away. In order to be organized, your home should be a revolving door wherein things don't just come in, but also go out. Make it a weekly or monthly habit (waiting too long always makes tasks more of a dreaded endeavor) to assess closets and drawers for overflow, and toss, recycle, give away, or consign things you're not using.
Truly organized people know how to prioritize tasks and projects, and make the payoff of being organized a priority. If doing the work it takes to be organized isn't a priority, something better and more fun, though likely not as useful, will always come along as an option. You'll end up mindlessly shopping or watching reality TV, while items that need to get taken care of continue to fall to the wayside. Resolve to prioritize being organized, and hold yourself accountable. You will be so proud of yourself when you reap the benefits of living a more organized, streamlined life and find that you actually have more time to do the things you want to do, like shopping and watching reality TV.
How do you stay organized? Let us know below!