Each New Year brings the chance to make changes that improve our lives. The goals we’ve all made include save more money, eat healthier and spend more quality time with our loved ones. These are great personal resolutions that will have a positive impact on your life, but don’t forget about one of the most important aspects of your day: your home.
At Turner Homes, we believe in the positive impact your home can have on your day and we’ve put together a simple, step-by-step organization guide to help you start 2018 off on the right foot:
Organization Step 1: Plan and Prioritize
Cleaning and organizing your entire home can be overwhelming. If you look at the full scale of the project at once, you’ll quickly become discouraged. Avoid frustration by breaking your organization project into phases.
Do not try to organize your entire home in one day. It’s better to set aside 1-2 hours each day over the course of a week and focus on one space at a time. Write down your plan, then check off tasks as you complete them. This will help you stay motivated and encourage you to complete the entire list. Also, take before and after pictures! Seeing your progress will help you stay on track.
Prioritize and pick which spaces in your home need the most attention or get used the most often. Your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry room are used daily and if organized, will cause you less stress during your routine.
Organization Step 2: Keep or Toss?
Over the past year (and decades), you’ve probably acquired a lot of “stuff.” This includes clothing, toys, keepsakes, paperwork and more. The more you have, the harder it is to find what you need. End the year by deciding what you truly need and then donate, sell or throw-away the rest.
We recommend asking the following questions when determining whether or not you should keep or toss an item:
- Have you used it in the last six months or will you use it in the next six months?
- Is it the only thing (or one of the only things) that reminds you of a special time, event or person?
- Did you know you had it before you found it while organizing?
Organization Step 3: Storing
Ok, so you’ve made a plan and decided what gets to stay and what needs to go. Now it’s time to find a home for each item. When deciding where you want to store things, consider these three factors: frequency, visibility and accessibility. Items you use frequently (daily or weekly) need high visibility and accessibility. Items you use often (monthly or seasonally) need moderate visibility and accessibility. And items you rarely use or need can be stored out of sight and out of reach, just make sure to make a note about where these items are stored.
One inexpensive organization tool that can help you and your family put things back in their designated place and find items more quickly is a label maker. This tool will help family members avoid the temptation just to “stick something somewhere,” rather than find its home.
Sometimes an organization project is too big for just one person or a busy schedule will keep you from getting it done in a timely fashion. That’s where the Turner Concierge Services team can help! Our professional organizers will work with you to develop a maintainable organization plan for the new year. Contact us today for more information!