Is one of your new year’s resolutions to organize your home? January is National Get Organized Month and there is no better time to declutter your home than now.
Some organizers approximate that we use 20 of our stuff 80 of the time. If you use something a lot, find a place for it. Everything you own needs to have a home. This way you’ll be able to find it quickly when you need it and will avoid visual clutter.
Before you start to declutter and organize, identify what things are important to you and what’s just taking up space. One great exercise in decluttering is to think about what you would take with you if there was only two hours to evacuate your house.
In addition, here are a few questions I like my clients to answer when determining whether or not to keep, recycle/trash or donate an item:
• Do you like it or does it have sentimental value?
• Do you need it?
• Will you use it or have you used it in the past 12 months?
• Do you have space for it?
You will be surprised to find out how many items you are holding onto that you don’t need, use and in many case like.
So in honor of National Get Organized Month, please think about what you use, what you need and what you can live without. And happy organizing!
*images courtesy of Martha Stewart