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Organizing Resolutions to Work Towards in 2017

By - December 31st, 2016

Getting in shape or eating better are common resolutions for the New Year, but have you considered making a resolution to get organized? Doing so can help you make the most of your time and your home. Here are a few resolutions that could be worth your while.

Paper files and clutter

Stop Paper Clutter

Choosing paperless statements helps cut down on paper clutter. Personal finance apps like Mint can help you get a handle on your money this year. Save time writing checks and balancing your checkbook each week by streamlining your paperwork and bills. Enroll in automatic bill payments to cut down on the check writing (and having to buy checks!).

Get the Whole Family Involved

Getting organized throughout your home doesn’t have to be a single-person task. Work towards involving the family in your organization and storage goals. Not only will it help keep your home neater, it can give everyone a chance to spend time with each other. Give kids small tasks around the home or help them to develop an organizing plan that works for their room. You can even help them organize their school papers to help them finish out the year strong and hit their goals!

Men's closet with hanging organizer

Make Better Organizing Habits

Make a resolution to develop new organizing habits that save you time and keep your home clean. Making a habit to follow through with projects and chores can make sure that you actually get organized and aren’t stuck with a bunch of half-completed projects. For example, after washing and folding your laundry, make sure to follow through and put items away properly. This will stop mountains of clothes piling up and make getting ready in the morning less stressful.

Keep Your Car Clean

Getting organized doesn’t have to just be about your home. Try to organize all aspects of your life such as your car. Do weekly spot checks and vacuum at least once a month. You can find more car organizing tips on our blog.

Waste Less Food

Many Americans tend to buy more than they can eat and let food expire. Resolve to waste less food and save money by getting organized. Using a meal planner and making a grocery list are proven ways to stick to a diet and only buy the food you know you will cook and consume. To store all of your items it may be necessary to purge and re-organize. Make sure your pantry is up to the task with a custom storage solution from Closet & Storage Concepts.

Metal garbage bin

Declutter the Entire Home

Decluttering can help you maximize your time and make the most of your life. It doesn’t have to be done in one day or even one week. Try working in small steps to accomplish a more organized home throughout the year. Try focusing on certain areas in your home. For example, in January you can focus on the entryway, February the pantry, March your closet, and so on. We have a great guide where you can find ideas.

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Hello 2016: Resolving to Get Organized

By - December 30th, 2015

Goodbye 2015 Hello 2016 Print

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.

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