It’s the start of a whole new year, and if there’s one thing we see a lot of this time of year, it’s resolutions to get clean and organized!

A noble undertaking, of course, but it can be a little overwhelming sometimes right? If you’re looking to start your year off on a less cluttered foot than usual, we’ve got some tips here to get your going in an easy (and productive) fashion!

 

Resolution #1: Have Less Stuff

This one tends to be the hardest to do, but it’s the one with the biggest benefits (and frankly it’ll make the rest of it all that much easier)! You probably found yourself with a mountain of new stuff back in 2016, and you need to ask yourself something: do you really need all of it? Don’t do this all at once, but make a resolution to go through your house from time to time and get rid of stuff you don’t need and aren’t going to use anymore. Get rid of anything broken, anything you haven’t used in years and/or don’t think you’ll be using in the near future, or just anything that isn’t too useful to you anymore. Donating a lot of it (clothes, home furnishings, etc) can help a lot too if you’re looking to make sure it all goes to good homes.

 

Resolution #2: Look On Your Old Projects

One of the biggest hiccups in home organization is that a lot of big plans get made or even started but then…sort of fall to the wayside. Remember that time you wanted to put new decorative shelves up in the living room? Or when you were going to organize your garage but then the weather got too cold and you just didn’t feel like it? Make a list of everything you hoped to do or had the inspiration to do and see what’s possible in 2017 – and get the equipment you need to do it!

 

Resolution #3: Clean More Regularly

A great way to prevent having to do a lot of major organizing projects is to do a lot of smaller ones through the year. Resolve to get you and your family to clean and organize smaller projects more often, and to keep up on them regularly through the year. This will allow you to avoid spending an entire weekend doing one big cleaning project, and it’ll help you get in the habit of cleaning up more frequently!

 

Resolution #4: Organize For Priority

A big part of home organization is trying to find out what you really need, and how to best clean it. Take the things you need every day and organize them all on wire shelving, take things like remote controls and phone chargers and keep them on living room tables, and then prioritize everything you don’t need and put them somewhere out of the way like the attic or garage – which can also be organized for accessibility, if you’re feeling adventurous!

 

Resolution #5: Stick. With. It.

This might be the hardest thing on this list, but it’ll be absolutely worth it in the end. As with anything – going to the gym, learning an instrument, and other common long-term resolutions, you really have to stay on top of it to get going. Remember that no matter how boring or difficult it might seem, you need to stay with your plans, and you’re going to be all the better for it when you get there.