A new year is just around the corner and if you’re like millions of other people around the world, you’re thinking about what you can do to improve your life in 2017. While some of the most popular types of new year’s resolutions involve things like losing weight and eating a healthier diet, resolutions to get organized are also extremely common. Looking for some ideas for how you can make your home more organized in the new year? Here are 5 great ways to get started.


Get Rid of Clutter

Organizing your home is much easier when you don’t have as much stuff to organize. If you truly want to start the year off on a more organized note, one of the best things you can do is get rid of as much clutter as possible. Have a stack of magazines from 2014 sitting on an end table in your living room? Time to send them to the recycling bin. Are your closets and dressers stuffed to the brim with clothes that don’t fit anymore or haven’t been worn in years? Gather them up and donate them to a charity. Go through your kitchen cabinets and pantries and throw out any food that’s past its expiration date. Simply getting rid of things you don’t need or can’t use anymore will help make your home a lot more comfortable and will make it a lot easier for you to stay organized in the long run.


Establish a Cleaning Routine

Trying to tackle all of your house cleaning chores in one day can be really daunting. Rather than saving all your cleaning chores for the weekend, figure out a way to break them up throughout the week. Doing a chore a day (or maybe two chores a day if they’re really simple) will help you stay on track with your cleaning goals and help keep your weekends free for things that are much more fun than cleaning your house.


Tackle Those Hard-to-Organize Areas

Every house has areas that nobody likes to clean and organize. Think of places like basements, garages, attics, closets, and cupboards. These areas can be difficult and time consuming to get in order, so a lot of people tend to avoid dealing with them for as long as possible. If you’ve got one (or more) of these places around your house, why not make a commitment to finally stop putting it off and get them in order? If your garage or closets need some attention, take a look at our garage storage and closet shelving options for inspiration. Wire shelving is an excellent choice for basements, but works very well in many other areas of the home too, including garages.


Labels, Labels, Labels

Getting organized is only half the battle. Staying organized is an even bigger challenge. Once you’ve gotten organized, it’s easy to get disorganized again if you don’t stick to your plan about how things should be organized. For example, organizing the shirts in your closet by sleeve length is a great idea, but it can be hard to keep that up if you’re in a hurry to put your laundry away. Labels are a great way to help keep things in order, whether it’s drawers, closets, or cupboards, and are particularly helpful if you have younger children who are just starting to learn organizational skills.


Don’t Forget Your Car!

Sometimes, clutter isn’t just limited to your house. For busy people, cars can easily become a home away from home. Between the time you spend going to work, bringing the kids to school and their other activities, and the things you do on weekends, cars can easily become magnets for clutter. Check out some of these car organization hacks for some ideas on how you can keep organized on the go.