Archive for December, 2015

Hello 2016: Resolving to Get Organized

By - December 30th, 2015

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2016 is almost officially here. If you’re looking to get organized in the New Year, Closet and Storage Concepts is here to help you with these tips when making resolutions and more importantly, sticking to them.

Set SMART Goals

Setting the right goals is the first step to a more organized home and life. Use the SMART acronym to help you.

Specific: Make sure your goal is specific. A goal that is too broad such as “getting everything in my home organized” can set you up for failure. Instead, try “organize my desk drawers” – use specific, smaller goals to build up to your entire home.

Measurable: Your goal should be measurable – you want to know if you meet your goal. If you want to make sure you stick to a cleaning schedule, put a time slot on your calendar. If you check it off on those days, you know that you’re making progress to make staying organized a habit.

Assignable: Who will be completing the task? If you want to share the load of getting your home organized make sure all parties know what their task is.

Realistic: Setting goals that are challenging, but not too hard, is key. Consistently meeting realistic goals will help you maintain your sanity as well as encourage you to stay organized. For a daily organization goal, start small by removing empty pens and markers from your craft storage or cleaning your couch from crumbs and change.

Timely: Make sure your goal has a time limit. Saying you have all year to organize your bathroom can encourage procrastination. While it may take time to make a habit out of organizing, don’t give yourself eternity.

Treat Yourself

After you’ve set your resolutions, don’ forget to reward yourself. Try going on a spa day after a major closet overhaul or shed clean out. Even having a small piece of chocolate can help brighten your day after a pantry organization session. Whatever you find joy in, take a breather and treat yourself for a job well done. Celebrating your successes is important to create positive re-enforcement for what you accomplish.

Accountability

Our last tip is to stay accountable. Having someone to encourage you as well as help you steer through your goal is one way to keep you accountable. Tell your spouse or a friend about your goals and make sure you check-in with them. Even if you fall off for a bit, know that they can help you get back on track. A planner can be a great way to keep yourself accountable. It can also help you track your goals. As you analyze if you’re getting organized, staying accountable is another way to track progress.

Talk to one of our knowledgeable experts today to start creating more room for life! Our Closet and Storage Concepts staff can’t wait to work with you. Click here to find a location near you today.

Tasks to Do Today For A Stress Free Holiday Season

By - December 17th, 2015

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With the holidays almost here (did it sneak up on you, too?), here are some tasks we encourage you to complete today for a stress-free day of festivities. And don’t forget to call your local Closet and Storage Concepts when you’re ready to make your home more storage efficient.

  1. Get the Gift Wrap In Order

Take inventory of your wrapping supplies. If you’re running low on ribbons, gift tags, or simply want a new wrapping paper design, make a note of what colors you need, and how much you need. For wrapping paper, if you’re replenishing your stash, be sure you have extra for those gifts that you may have forgotten. Getting the gift wrapping supplies today makes it one less thing to purchase a day before Christmas.

Clear out or set aside space in your spare bedroom or office for a gift wrapping station. Having a pre-designated area will make wrapping everything a breeze. Plus you can be sure that you have all the room you need ahead of time.

  1. Clean The House

Cleaning generally falls down the list of priorities during the holidays, but cleaning up now can make things easier for you, especially if you’re hosting a gathering. Even if you’re not hosting this year, getting the cleaning done before you go on vacation or before the major swing of holiday parties can help you feel more relaxed when things die down. You’ll definitely be ready to ring in the New Year with a clean home!

Even taking only 15 minutes here or there everyday can help to reduce the stress rather than completing one major cleanup while you’re multitasking on the day of your gathering.

  1. Get Enough Rest

Before you have to pull an all-nighter for last minute presents or baking the cookies for Santa’s trip down the chimney, be sure to get in your sleep. A proper night’s rest can keep you and your body feeling it’s best. You’ll say goodbye to any wintertime blue’s in time for the festivities.

  1. Make Your List and Check it Twice

If it’s time to do one last push for gifts or to stock up on snacks and ingredients for that roast, make like Santa and check it twice. Check in the pantry, fridge, and freezer to make sure you don’t have the items on your list already and cross-reference ingredients to your recipes. If you’re worried about gifts, get some gender-neutral gifts or general gifts on the off chance that you did in fact miss a gift. Flowers for hosts, or a good bottle of wine with a certificate to a restaurant can be a good option.

Create a stress-free holiday by staying organized with proper planning. Then get your home storage nightmares resolved by giving Closet and Storage Concepts a call today for your free in-home consultation!

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