The New Year is a time of celebration, hope, and promise. With the completion of one and the start of a new year, we have the opportunity to create a new perspective and have a fresh start that will change our lives for the better.
What better way to start the New Year off on a bright and positive note than by staying organized? Our homes are where we spend most of our time, as they become become our sweet escapes and safe-havens.
When you honor your home, you honor your mind and spirit. Although decluttering brings a beautiful appearance to your home, it is the peace one finds within that environment that means the most. Let’s face it: Having a clear space means having a clear mind. Eliminating stress is something we can all benefit from having on our New Year resolution lists!
With optimal organizational strategies, any vision is achievable – All you need to do is learn how to organize efficiently and enjoy the rewarding tranquil atmosphere that follows.
Here are some of our favorite tips to achieve a functional + organized home:
This first call of action is all about parting ways with your past. Before you can work on organizing your space, you need to declutter and say goodbye to items that you no longer need or use. By purging and reorganizing these areas, you will then make room for efficiency and order throughout your home.
For instance, let’s start with your bedroom closet. When it comes to organizing the clothes in your closet, we abide by the rule of, “If you haven’t worn it in over a year, you should toss or donate it.” Of course, some outfits hold greater value and meaning than others, but these occasional outfits should be considered an exception. Be honest with yourself and truly assess if you will ever wear this item again. If not, then don’t let it take up space in your closet. Instead, give it to someone who would find it useful or donate them to your local charity.
Similarly, you could apply this rule to any other clutter you may have in your cabinets or on your counters throughout your home. All of those extra nail polish bottles or expired items that you have not used in a couple of years…It’s time to say farewell.
A great way to tackle your clutter is to create three simple-to-use categories: Keep, Toss & Donate – This leads to an improved and organized home while making a difference in the lives of others when you donate. Best of all, purging your unused items allows you to replenish & recharge your mind with a clean and clutter-free environment.
I’m sure the answer is no. When you envision your dream home, most likely, you envision a clean and peaceful living space. Although cleaning may not be your favorite task, for some people cleaning is a great way to relax and ease the mind. Regardless of the process itself, you will fall in love with the feeling of having a clutter-free place to call home. Truth be told, an organized home is the ultimate mood booster!
Planning for the New Year involves getting your home ready for your future. In order to achieve optimal organization, you’ll need to intentionally carve out free time to plan, clean, and organize your space. Creating an easy-to-follow cleaning schedule is a great way to stick to a routine and find joy in keeping your house looking and feeling its best!
Aside from time management, you will have to set realistic goals for yourself. For instance, research shows that cleaning in small doses leads to successful organization and consistency. Smaller increments of time are much more tolerable, allowing the tidying up process to be something to look forward to versus tackling everything at once, which will leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
*eH insight: Our favorite way to stay organized is with simple storage solutions! Storage containers are essential to saving space efficiently while addressing your needs for storage and style.
Lastly, once you have decluttered and set a plan of action, your dreams of a bright and inspiring home are ready to be turned into reality. You can achieve optimum organization with the following:
Labeling and designated bins or containers will help keep items tidy and organized. Whether you are organizing your laundry room, kitchen, or children’s toy room, labels are a must. Printing out labels and placing them on storage bins, cubbies or baskets promotes organized spaces. Similar items can be grouped together to allow ease when finding or storing items. For example, in a bathroom, use one container to store all your hair accessories and another to store your make-up. A similar approach could be used in your pantry by combining like items to ensure easy meal prep on busy weeknights. Need extra organization in your pantry? Labels are perfect for those tiny food containers, cabinet drawers, and more!
Another great way to save space is to think about how items are stored. For instance, if you have open shelving in your kitchen, you can display your favorite and daily kitchenware by keeping your cutting boards vertical and stacking your most used dishes in front for visual appeal and convenience.
*eH insight: The best piece of advice we can relay for staying organized is… Use your spaces in a meaningful way that suits your lifestyle. As we design for experience, we inspire you to do the same. Think about not only the look and feel of a space but also the functionality and purpose behind it.
Consider new ways to configure your space to make it more useful and enjoyable. Convert a shallow coat closet into a functional and accessible storage area that incorporates functional hooks and storage cubbies. Or, incorporate a new piece of furniture into your entry to provide additional storage and beauty to the space. The possibilities are endless as you shift to a new perspective and fall in love with your new, improved and functional living space.
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May the New Year, your home, and your heart be filled with Blessings, Love, Prosperity, and Hospitality.