2012 is about to expire and 2013 is right around the corner! It’s time to reflect on how this year went by and what areas of your life you can improve for next year. One of the best ways to begin to meet those self-improvement goals is to get your home and work areas better organized. When your living area is organized, you will save time, money and energy that can then be redirected into other areas of your life. Fortunately, getting your household in order can be easily accomplished by following these five simple organizational tips…
Focus on Finances
After the holidays, a person will likely need to get their financial situation in order. Receipts, accumulated bills and other important documents should be carefully stored using a filing system. Many people also find it helpful to use an electronic spreadsheet that can be used to help them track their spending. This can make sticking to a budget easier over the upcoming year.
On top of bills, most households also have a large amount of paperwork that tends to pile up on every surface. Clear off that dining room table by dividing all of the paperwork into three easy piles. Label each one according to what action will need to be taken. For example, most people find that three piles labelled: trash, file and to-do will help them to eliminate the paperwork problem. Then, handle each pile accordingly, and set up a filing system that can be used to manage paperwork year-round.
Sort Out Closets
Next to paperwork and bills, most people’s homes also tend to accumulate a large amount of junk in their closets. Throughout the year, seasonal items, outdated clothing and cherished mementos are stashed away in a person’s closet. Organizing this area of the home can be tackled in a similar manner to paperwork. Simply take everything out of the closet and sort it into three piles labelled: donate, sell and keep. Then, hold a yard sale to get rid of your old items and donate the rest.
Music and Photos
After conquering paperwork and clearing out closets, many people will discover they have a large collection of treasured photographs and CDs. These can easily be stored in a way that takes up less clutter. For example, place photos in an album, or better yet, create a personalized book that can be placed in the home for visitors to peruse. Music can also be stored electronically, thereby freeing up much-needed space on closet and living room shelves.
Create a Scheduling System
It can be hard for a person to stay organized when they are constantly forgetting about important dates and appointments. For this reason, it is best to place a calendar in an area of the home that everyone can see. Then, important events can be included on the calendar so that everyone will know what to expect throughout the year. Using coloured ink or labels is a great way to keep track of each person’s appointments.
When making their New Year’s resolutions, it is always important for a person to consider investing in some additional time to organize their home. By getting their finances, paperwork and schedules in order, a person will be free from unnecessary stress so they can renew their focus on improving their life over the upcoming new year.