Cheers to a Cleaner, Clutter-Free New Year!
Did you start 2016 with a resolution to be more organized in the new year? It’s not as hard as you might think. As we say goodbye to 2015, just take these simple tips and say hello to a organized, clean and clutter-free year!
- If you’re dealing with old toys, books or clothes that you’ve been holding onto for far too long, you don’t have to experience the guilt of throwing it all away. You can get rid of unneeded items and give them to people who want or need them in the process. Clean out your attic, closets or garage and host a yard sale, or save yourself the trouble just by donating your belongings. For anything that’s a little too damaged to sell or donate, consider transforming it into something new and useful.
- Overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning and organizing your entire home? Just remember that even the smallest steps towards organization can yield big results. One of the best places you can get started is in your kitchen. On top of throwing out old leftovers or expired food, this is the perfect time to clean the appliances and surfaces that don’t regularly get cleaned throughout the year. If you’re cleaning up your kitchen, focus on your oven and your refrigerator, both inside and out. And as you move from the kitchen to other rooms in your house, take some time to clean things like blinds, ceiling fans and drapes.
- When it comes to things like excess paperwork, you’ll need to exercise good judgment on what sorts paperwork you should be keeping around. While you you should probably hold onto recent tax records and home improvement records, you most likely won’t need that stack of receipts you collected years ago. To get started, sort the paperwork that’s drowning your desktop and determine what documents you should keep handy and what you can pack up and put into storage.
- Sticky notes are a great way to remember important dates, names and addresses in the short-term, but if you don’t transfer that information to something more practical, not only will you get overwhelmed with piles of notes, but you’ll also increase your chances of forgetting something. Take all the information from those old notes, cards and letters and put them in an address book — it’ll all be in one place, and you’re less likely to lose it. Want to take it one step further? Forgo the address book and store your information on the computer with the help of a contact manager.