The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. From hosting parties to decorating the house and wrapping gifts, it can make for a lot of mess. While everyone has heard of spring cleaning, the post-holiday period is the perfect time to get organized. Check out these three useful tips to help you get started.
Make a daily “To Do” list of everything that you hope to accomplish. Remember, be realistic, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start on January 1st , okay, maybe January 2nd . The important thing is to start! To begin, create a small list of daily goals you would like to accomplish. You don’t have to check tasks off in order, but the goal is to have all of your “To Do’s” checked-off by the end of each day.
Separate and organize. The holidays can leave your home feeling like a disorganized mess. Organize the clutter by creating 3 piles; pile 1 will include items you need to keep, pile 2 will include items you want to keep, and pile 3 will include items to throw out or donate. These piles will help guide your decision-making. Keep in mind, sometimes you have to make a mess to clean the mess. So, don’t be afraid to pull everything out of your closets, drawers, and pantries and work from there. Straightening these high-traffic areas will make your home feel organized.
Part with the “junk drawer.” Many of us have a “junk drawer” where we store half-used superglue, an assortment of measuring devices, batteries, household tools, etc. It can become a habit. When one junk drawer grows into two, three, or four, it’s a sign that it’s time to clean house. Stop the madness and let go of those things you have in abundance by recycling, donating, or throwing away items that are no longer useful. If you still have instructions from a toaster you haven’t had in three years, or extra parts from that IKEA table that’s been holding up pretty well, it’s time to let them go. It will be hard at first, but the more you clean, de-clutter, and consolidate the better you will feel.