This is the perfect opportunity to sort out all the stuff that we have accumulated for the past 12 months so that we can enter the New Year with a clean slate and less baggage. With an organized home, you’ll also be able to save time which can be used to pursue more meaningful hobbies and activities with your family and friends.

If you don’t know where to start, let this simple guide help you to achieve a more organized 2018.

 

Identify Problem Areas

Take a look around your house and determine which area needs your attention the most. Once you have identified the problem area, divide it into zones and start working one zone at a time. Set an attainable time period for each phase of cleaning for better efficiency. For example, you can allow a half-day to fix your bedroom, and devote at least an entire weekend for the garage, backyard, or basement.

 

The Three-Box Method

The Three-Box Method is one of the easiest sorting systems you can apply to your home cleaning. Just provide three boxes and assign one each to the following labels: Keep, Store, and Remove. Put all the stuff that you think you will use regularly in the “Keep” box, and those that will only be used occasionally in the “Storage” box. All those that do not fall into these categories must be placed in the “Remove” box.

 

Purge Mercilessly

Here are some questions you may ask yourself when cleaning out your closets and drawers:

  • Is it still working?
  • When was the last time you used it?
  • Does it still fit?
  • How much will it cost if I have this fixed?
  • Do I have storage for this if I keep this?
  • Do you have another item that serves the same purpose?

Sometimes, nostalgia can be your biggest enemy when it comes to sorting your belongings. Do not cling to sentimentality. Think of the peace of mind you’ll get with an organized space. Or you can also think of the new and more useful things you can acquire now that you have more space for them.

 

Keep Like Things Together

Make sure you categorize your stuff as you sort and keep those in the same category together. Put labels for easy identification.  This way, it will be easier to look for something when you know that they are stored together.

 

Organize for Ease

Arrange your things so that those that you use regularly will be within an arm’s reach. Those that you will use sporadically or during special occasions only should be kept in a place that’s harder to get to, like under the bed or on the top shelf.

 

Invest in Storage Spaces

Get large plastic storage crates for big stuff or clothes and install pegs and hooks for your bathroom and closet. To further maximize space, you can also use the space underneath the bed to store some of the stuff that you don’t use often. Clear jars and bottles are good for storing food or small home repair items like nails, screws, and bolts.

 

Be Committed

Organizing your home is not a one-time affair. You have to keep doing it regularly for a hassle-free and pleasant living experience. To make it easier, you can divide your tasks into daily, weekly, and monthly lists so that they wouldn't feel so overwhelming.

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