Clear the clutter and start your year off right. Make room for your new items from the holidays.
Here are a few simple ideas to get you started on getting your home organized for the New Year:
After trying new recipes this holiday season and picking your favorites, you probably have an abundance of new recipes floating around. But where oh where do you put them? And how do you keep them organized? PIck up an expanding file folder from Target and label the sections. Perhaps you like your recipes alphabetized or maybe you prefer them categorized by meal types such as appetizers, meats, soups, pastas, and desserts. You could also create a file that has recipes you haven’t tried, yet. Then start sorting your recipes in the coordinating file. This is a great method of organizing recipes because it doesn’t matter the size of the recipe, given a notecard or full sheet of paper, they can all easily fit in the right place.
If you’re anything like me, you received some new clothes over the holidays and your next mission is fitting them into your closet. If your closet is busting at the seams, make sure to take an article of clothing out of your closet for every new piece you add. My guess is there are many pieces you haven’t worn in years and it’s always easier to part with clothes when you’re adding new ones to the selection. Make sure you take the time to donate your old clothes so someone else can benefit from them.
When it comes to my closet, I love to know exactly where things are. Color coordinating my hanging clothes is the best way I can keep track of where everything is. It also comes in handy when I am trying to match my clothes. I can think “what do I have that is red that will match these pants?” Then I flip through my red section and effortlessly see what I have available. It takes a bit of time up front, but then it’s easy to maintain.
I enjoy traveling and scrap-booking, but sometimes my scrap-booking gets put on the back-burner until I have time. I had to figure out what to do with my pictures, ticket stubs, and small keepsakes from my trips without creating huge messy piles or mixing up what trip the items go with. I fixed this by purchasing simple boxes from Target and labeling them with the place that I visited. You can also find boxes similar to these at Ikea, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby. This is a great idea for keepsakes even if you don’t scrapbook, but plan to look back through things you collected from your travels. If you went on a trip this year or you have created large mounds from your travels, be sure to find the time to unclutter your memories and keep them in an organized fashion.
Yikes! I baked over my time off work and now my kitchen is a disaster. I kept going to the grocery store and couldn’t remember if I had enough of my essential baking goods, so I would buy more, only to find that I already had plenty. Now I have multiple bags of sugars and flour. I shoved them all into a cabinet and walked away. Now it’s time to tackle the mess. I journeyed to Target and bought several large mason jars. You can consolidate all of your same ingredients into any type of clear container and then label them with cute tags or permanent markers. This was an easy fix, and my kitchen cupboards are much easier on the eye.
This works with all types of containers. Many containers can be recycled (like spaghetti sauce jars). You can use jars to store dry goods in the pantry, leftovers in the fridge and spices for the counter.
Take the time to organize your home now that you don’t have to shop for gifts or go to holiday parties. Don’t feel like you need to do everything at once, but pick one project a week or every two weeks to work on. Your house will be organized and looking great in no time and you will have a peaceful oasis to come home to and relax after those long days!