Welcome to 2024! We know that along with the start of the new year tends to come high expectations and maybe even a bit of anxiety. While this is a great time to set new goals and resolutions, to maintain consistency it is crucial to have effective strategies and systems in place. Having a healthy space in which you can carry out your new years goals makes it so much more likely that you’ll actually stick with them!
So, in this blog post we’re providing step-by-step action plans on organizing, decluttering, and tidying up. We’ll also be sharing insights on how to stay consistent in the long run.
Declutter to Make Space for the New
One of the best places to start when prepping your space is decluttering. Not only will this make room for the new by clearing out what no longer serves you, but it will also make cleaning that much easier.
Start With Smaller Areas
Focus on smaller areas like drawers and closets first, especially if decluttering is an overwhelming task for you. Doing this will allow you to take it one area at a time, making the task feel more manageable.
Rotate your seasonal items (for many this may be taking down and storing holiday items and decorations). Take this opportunity to clear out what you no longer need and either store it away or donate what no longer serves you.
You might be surprised at how quickly your kitchen pantry can become overcrowded and disorganized. The new year is a perfect opportunity to assess what you have, reorganize in a way that is efficient for you, and throw out any expired items.
We know the weather hasn’t warmed up yet, but the new year is still a great time to declutter your wardrobe by getting rid of the items you no longer need. If something doesn’t fit, or you just don’t like how it makes you feel it’s time to get rid of it. Also, if you haven’t worn it in the past year, it’s also time to do away with it.
Efficient and functional organization systems are what will make or break your success with staying consistent. Here are a few things you can try to stay organized:
Streamline Your Storage Spaces
Invest in storage solutions like bins, shelving units, hooks, etc to keep your storage spaces organized. We recommend clear plastic bins because not only do they make your life easier by allowing you to see the contents without disrupting everything, but they also ensure easy access to your items.
Make Food Storage Easier
A great way to keep your kitchen more efficient is investing in pantry and refrigerator storage to keep everything organized and easily accessible. We recommend investing in clear storage containers to save yourself the hassle of rifling through containers to find what you’re looking for. Not only will this improve organization and storage, but it will also help you keep track of what you have on hand. Keeping the S.P.A.C.E. acronym in mind can also help to keep your kitchen organized in the long run.
There are so many ways that you can maximize bathroom space even if you’re dealing with a limited amount of space in the first place. One of our favorite storage solutions is installing shelves over the toilet. Not only does this create extra space, but it also allows you to add a touch of style to your bathroom. Another idea is to store toiletries in clear storage containers under the sink. Add labels, and you can easily find what you need without any hassle.
Organization is the Foundation for Your Goals
Starting the new year off with organization increases your chances of staying focused on your goals. By creating an organized space at home, you provide yourself with the necessary foundation for achieving all your objectives. Trying to accomplish these tasks in a chaotic environment can hinder success and your commitment to long-term goals. Distractions become more prevalent, making it easier to find excuses and give up.
If you’re looking for additional support from a professional declutterer and home organizer to help you achieve your goals this year, Room Redefined is here to “redefine” your space and empower you to reach your goals. Contact us today!
Erin Gaskins is owner of Room Redefined, a professional organizing company based in Denver, Colorado. After 25 years in public education, Erin decided to put her passion for organizing to work in the service of others and entered the entrepreneurship journey. Five years later, Room Redefined stands out in their dedication to offering customized organizing services to homeowners, businesses, and schools. She and her company are strongly committed to the work of changing society’s narrative- helping other women feel comfortable with the notion that we are all stronger when we give up the “superwoman complex” and work together to accomplish our goals!