Three Organizing Projects to Jump Start Your Year
Happy New Year. Yeah, yeah, it’s resolution time again. Experts tell us that getting organized is among the top resolutions made -and broken- each year. The trick to being successful is biting off just the right sized organizing project. Here are my favorite three mini organizing projects to get you off on the right foot this year:
Your purse. Dump everything and start fresh. Toss the pens that don’t work. Gather old receipts to sort out. Swap all the black accessories for colorful ones so they’ll be easier to find in the bottom of the black hole. Give your bag a quick shake to get out all the crumbs and loose change.
If you lean towards perfectionism go ahead, organize your wallet and face all of your bills in the same direction.
Your car. I LOVE this project. Easy, peasy, and it’s a great way to use the time if you are stuck waiting for someone. Grab a bag, maybe even the last fast food bag that made its way into your car. Gather up litter, empty the center console and all the little cup holders. Grab a microfiber cloth (or the nearest wet wipe) to wipe down the dash, sticky steering wheel, and cup holders. Reunite CDs with their cases. Assemble a bag of toys, sports equipment, clothing and such that needs to return to the house. For extra credit, take a peek in the trunk and sort those items into travel bags for sports, beach, emergency items, and whatever your family needs on the road. If weather permits, treat yourself to an interior/exterior car wash.
Your linen closet. This project goes quickly if you empty the closet completely and start from square one. Separate towels from bed linens from personal products, and give each their own shelf. Bring in some colorful matching bins to hold the small stuff. Gather all the wrapping supplies together, sort out the ones you will ever, ever use, and store the rest so they stay nice and crisp. Label the shelves to let others know where stuff should be stashed.
Pick one of these projects, and be more organized in just a half hour. Get through them all and give yourself a gold star. These little projects are just like the little steps that get you through a bigger project, like organizing your closet, office, or tax prep.
Isn’t it nice to start your year already organized?