Take these simple steps to start 2015 with confidence!
I am one of those night owl types who gains a second wind around 11pm, so you better believe I was up on New Year's Eve until the wee hours organizing my pantry, closet, desk, and files. Just can't describe that feeling of waking up knowing that I had no clutter whatsoever and everything was in its home!! These are a few tried and true principles I stick to.
First of all, get rid of anything that doesn't make you happy to look at, or isn't useful on a regular basis. Start here because it's better to de-own something rather than to de-clutter. Personally, I purge items regularly every few months because it gives breathing room. It's nearly impossible to stay organized if every shelf and drawer is packed to the brim. But - when you have space to grow, you have room to add things as you acquire them.
Secondly, give everything a home.
Put like with like. At the end of each day, do a quick run through and return things to their home. To make it fun, play an upbeat song and involve your kiddos in a 5 minute evening routine. Song suggestions: Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader, Desert Song by Hillsong, Footloose by Kenny Loggins, and there's always... Shake it Off by TSwift!
You’ll feel more peaceful doing it in small chunks rather than letting it build up into a mountain of mess that feels difficult to tackle.
Next, don't be afraid to ask for help.
Have a professional organizer into your home for an afternoon to give you a fresh set of eyes. Or if that's not in the budget, invite a friend over for moral support as you clean out a closet, and then return the favor. This also helps give some built-in accountability for yourself if you're overwhelmed and putting something off. Just knowing that someone else is showing up to do it together is the perk some people need to spring into action.
Lastly - just get started.
Start small with your kitchen junk drawer, and let the momentum build in order to take on the bigger projects. Put a date on your calendar and show up with a trash bag and a donation box. Start purging and moving things around, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you get going!
Again, get rid of what isn’t useful or beautiful, give everything a home, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and just get started!