Organizing may be super trendy at the moment, but it’s always been a part of modern living. Not only is it helpful to know where everything’s at but having an organized and clutter-free home also has many mental, physical, and emotional benefits. Perhaps you’re already a very organized person, or maybe you feel like a hot mess half the time, but either way it never hurts to do a little New Year’s cleaning. Look at our checklist to see if it’s high time you tackle the clutter once and for all.
Make a Home Inventory
Did you forget about buying that shirt…or that movie…or that ground beef? If you keep finding things you didn’t know you had, or if you keep purchasing something new only to find that you already have eight of the same thing, it’s probably time to take inventory. Doing an inventory from time to time is a great way to keep track of what you have, and to avoid wasting money. (Having an up-to-date inventory is also great for insurance purposes in the event of a house fire or major disaster!) Create a spreadsheet or document on your computer, keep a list on your phone, or use an old-fashioned pen and paper to categorize your house by room or item type.
Give Specific Items a Home
Do you keep losing things? If this is the 12th time in three days that you’ve lost your keys or your wallet or your glasses, it may be time to clean up your space. We all misplace things from time to time, but if it’s a common occurrence, it’s a sign of chaos and clutter. Take some time to clear out a designated space such as a shelf, drawer, or hook to keep those important items separate from everything else. That way, you always know where to put them and where to find them.
Set Aside Time for Chores
Do simple chores frustrate you? Doing the dishes or laundry aren’t favorite pastimes, but if you find their mere existence increasingly frustrating and irritating, maybe it’s time to reorganize, reschedule, or downsize. If mountains of laundry tire you every week, maybe the answer is a minimal wardrobe. You can sell or donate the clothing you don’t where as often, and then reorganize your closet to keep your choices obvious and simple. If you find that you don’t have the time to do the dishes before work and are too tired to do them after, consider waking up a few minutes earlier than normal to tackle the few from the day before.
Declutter & Minimize
Do you always feel distracted or overwhelmed? If so, it might be because of all the clutter! Productivity and focus can be difficult if stuff continuously surrounds you. As previously mentioned, an organized space has mental and physical benefits, including creating more headspace and a calmer atmosphere, allowing you to get more done or feel more motivated. Time management may also play a part here. Perhaps you need to reprioritize some of the tasks on your to-do list to figure out what’s you’re missing around the house and why. It could be clutter, but it also could be that you haven’t scheduled enough time for basic chores.
Clean for 15 Minutes a Day
Are you always apologizing for the scattered state of your home? If the most cleaning you get done in a week is in the 20 minutes before someone is supposed to arrive (and if most of that “cleaning” is shoving everything in the laundry room), it might be time to reorganize and make your space more enjoyable to be in. Designate 15 minutes before you go to bed each night to do a quick once over of your home, putting things back where they belong, wiping counters, and putting dishes in the dishwasher. That’s all – and you’ll be amazed at how much cleaner it feels!
These were just a few tips you can use to do a quick self-evaluation. Another idea is to simply scan your space – if it’s messy or unattractive or stressful, it’s probably time to tidy up. Crank up your favorite tunes and start organizing! It’ll be over before you know it, and soon you’ll be enjoying your calm and inviting space once again.