Everyone makes a goal at the beginning of the year to be more organized. No matter what it is you’re trying to make sense of – maybe your house, garage, life – here are six tips to help you stick to your new year’s goal!
1. Get Inspired
Whatever you’re hoping to get more organized – whether it be your garage, office, your kitchen – find inspiration to encourage you along the way. A great place to start would be Pinterest. Find images of that neatly laid out garage shed and aim for that.
2. Set a Timer & Deadline
If you have a hard time getting started, set a timer for just 15 minutes and don’t stop organizing until time’s up. You can always continue past the timer if you are into it! Also, set a deadline to encourage yourself. Remember it takes 21 days to form a new habit.
3. Stay Put
One of the worst things you can do while trying to reorganize a room, shelf, closet, or space is leave that room, shelf, closet or space to put something else away. While organizing, keep a large box or other storage device near you to collect all of the items that don’t belong where you’re working. Then once you have finished the project, start placing those items where they belong. Leaving your project to put something away will only encourage distraction and take away from the success of the task-at-hand.
4. Enlist your Family’s Help
Get your family on board with your goals for 2013. Chances are, if they aren’t working with you to stay organized, they are most likely are working against you. Teaching your kids to put things away once they are done using something will help you AND them become more organized. They’ll also appreciate being included in your plan.
5. Make it Fun
Crank up the music, dance while your organizing, bottom-line HAVE FUN!
6. Reward Yourself
By now, you have probably realized if you don’t do it, no one else will. That garage is not going to organize itself! So after putting in your hard work and reaching your goal, reward yourself. Maybe take yourself out for ice cream or buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing up for months!