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.
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.
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.