January is always a great time to de-clutter and organize your home for the upcoming year ahead. The New Year brings with it a desire for a fresh start, plus lower temperatures push you inside to tackle all your indoor projects. If you’re looking for a little jumpstart in 2016, here are 5 ways you can reorganize your home:
1) Create an Organization Station. Before you tackle any organizing projects in your home, make a plan for how you’re going to handle all of the excess that will come out of your de-cluttering. Whether it’s in your garage or a spare room, create a space with boxes or baskets to collect items that you want to sell or donate. Creating a space for these items as you go means that you won’t be left with another pile to sort through at the end of your home reorganization projects.
2) Sort your paperwork and mail. Paperwork can easily get out of control if not handled on a daily basis. Open mail as soon as you get into the house and immediately throw away or shred anything you don’t need. For everything else, create an inbox and a filing system to manage bills and other important paperwork. Better yet, set up online bill paying to avoid the majority of mail clutter altogether!
3) De-clutter the garage. The garage often becomes the catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a home. Make sure your sporting equipment, lawn equipment and tools all have their own space then throw out any old paint, fertilizers, bug sprays and other items that have expired or are no longer usable. If your garage also frequently becomes a mudroom, make intentional space for boots, coats, hats and gloves.
4) Reorganize the pantry. Purge all of your expired food from the pantry and refrigerator and donate any unexpired food that has been in your pantry for more than six months to a local food pantry. Organize your pantry and refrigerator shelves and then tackle the freezer: throw out expired and freezer-burned food and then make note of anything that needs to be restocked.
5) Tackle the playroom. If you have kids you know how quickly the playroom can become unorganized. Sort through toys and get rid of anything that your kids have aged out of and/or don’t play with anymore. If you’re afraid of throwing out a prized possession, put it in a dark trash bag and hide it in the garage for 3-6 months. When your kids don’t notice anything is missing (and they probably won’t), donate the contents of the trash bag immediately.
No matter what you decide to reorganize in 2016, start small and take one area of your home at a time; it doesn’t all have to happen in January! Make it a year-long project and just take one room at a time per month. If you need ideas, there are multiple home organization calendars online that will help you take it one project at a time.
What part of your home needs the biggest organization makeover in 2016?