January is national Organization month, which makes perfect sense. It’s a new year, it’s a new you, and it’s a great time to throw out the trash you don’t need anymore and give the important things an airing out. So here are the five magic resolutions you need to remember, if you’re going to live in the kind of home that you deserve.
1. I will use all the space I have.
Everyone’s got that weird corner that isn’t really used for anything, unless you count storing that giant fake fern. Maybe it’s the upstairs landing. Maybe it’s under the stairs. Maybe it’s bedroom that used to belong that someone that’s moved out.
Take a look at it again. Might make a pretty good spare closet or home office.
2. I will toss the things I do not need.
Now that we’ve looked at space we aren’t using, let’s talk about the things we aren’t using. Anything you haven’t used in over a year. Anything that you’ve just sort of let stay broken. Anything you don't like looking at. Be as merciless as you can.
(We promise, you’ll feel a lot better after you’re done.)
3. I will get my hands on the right boxes, bins, planners, dividers, and labels
You’ve got some more room now. Now, we hope you don’t think we’re eating our words, because \ getting organized and staying organized does take some accessories. Get that shoe rack you need. Make sure you have enough boxes for everything in the garage. And don’t forget to have some fun – boxes and planners come in pretty versions now too.
4. I will ask for help if I need it.
There’s no shame in calling a professional. That’s what we’re here for. Maybe the job is just to big and you don’t have the time, or maybe you don’t know where to start. If you don’t know what to do, call someone who does (like us) and we will sort you right out.
5. Out of sight does not mean out of mind.
Just because you aren’t seeing the mess (because you’ve got it tucked into the closet/cabinet/woodshed) doesn’t mean you don’t know it’s there. Trust us, it’s making you unhappy. And don’t be worried if it seems like you’re making negative progress. Remember, things always get worse before they get better, and messy always comes before organized.
And have a wonderful new year, from all of us at Design & Order.