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Is 'get organized' your New Year's resolution?



If so, keep in mind that getting organized is a process. It's helpful to think of getting organized as a journey, rather than a destination.

If you're looking to tackle a project in 2019 start by considering your goals. Then be smart and start small rather than taking on too much at one time. Make sure to remove distractions such as phones, TV, pets, neighbors, and more. And don't push yourself too hard – remember to take breaks, drink lots of water, and stop for a snack break.

Sorting and decluttering are the first, and most important, steps in any organizing project. But if you struggle with making decisions on what to let go, ask yourself these five questions:

  1. Am I holding on to this item for sentimental value only? Are the memories associated with the item good or bad? Allow yourself to rid your home of negative items, and display those that recall happy times.

  2. Do I have a realistic plan to use this item? Good intentions are great but if you don't have a specific purpose in mind, and a set time frame to use it, the item is just taking up space.

  3. If I saw this item in a store, online, or at a garage sale today, would I buy it? If the answer is no, then it's time to let the item go. Styles change, trends come and go so allow yourself to move on.

  4. Have I used this item in the last few years? Would someone else get more use out of it or appreciate it more? If the item has served it's purpose for you, let it go to someone else who might need it.

  5. Do I have items that are similar or serve the same purpose? If you have multiples of the same type of item, it might be time to let the duplicate items go to another who might use them.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to regain control over your surroundings, time, and possessions, contact me to learn how a professional organizer can help.