This Year, Make A Resolution You Can Keep!
As the snow falls and the temperature drops, 2013 comes to a close and we all start thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. These promises we make are filled with good intentions and optimism, but they often get put on a back burner as the stresses of a New Year take up our time. This year, why not make a resolution that you’ll keep, one that you’ll be proud of for years to come. Resolve to improve your home, making it a happier place for you and your family to live. A clean and organized home will give you increased energy…maybe enough to follow through on the other resolutions you made!
An Organized Home Is A Happy Home
After the messes that come with the holiday season, your home may be in need of some TLC. Organizing your home and taking care of clutter may seem like a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. A few easy projects in individual areas of your home can make a world of difference and get you in the habit of keeping your home more organized.
The Kids Can Help!
If you have kids, implementing a chore chart (and sticking to it!) will instantly help your home feel more orderly and less chaotic. Be sure to include all of the chores that kids loathe: doing the dishes, taking out the garbage, cleaning their room, picking up toys etc. To guarantee that everything gets done, create a reward system. Most kids will be motivated by incentives like small prizes that they can work towards. If they know that they will get rewarded, they are more likely to complete the chores that are assigned to them. If your kids don’t care about incentives, change the internet passcode daily (or weekly) and don’t let them have it until their chores are all done.
Make Use Of Extra Space
Do you have a lot of empty space around your home? Empty nooks and crannies can be filled with shelves, then baskets or boxes can be added to separate like items. Have a cluttered closet? Empty boxes can be covered in colorful construction paper (a great project for kids!) and then used to store various odds and ends at the top shelf of your closet. This is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your closet neater. Another quick trick: arrange your clothes by the category they fall under. Sweaters next to sweaters, dresses by other dresses and so on. This way, when you go to pick clothes out of your closet, it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for, saving you time and energy on dark winter mornings.
Tackle The Junk Drawer
Now that you have a clean closet, it’s time to conquer the junk drawer. Everybody has one and it’s often filled with nails, tacks, papers, and other miscellaneous items. Once you tame your junk drawer, you’ll be feeling more organized and ready to take on the rest of your home! A great way to tidy the clutter is to buy some teacups from a vintage or thrift store. You’ll be surprised what you can find for under $5.00. Use the teacups to organize your random, small items. Have a rubber band cup, a paperclip cup, or whatever makes the most sense to you. When things have a home, you’re more likely to stay organized and put them back where they belong.
Create A Home Office & Get More Done!
You may think that creating a home office is a frustrating task and impossible to finish, but it’s not. For greater creativity, paint the walls yellow; a color known for improving creativity or blue; known to calm and improve focus. if you can’t devote a full room to your office, designate a corner for your desk . Keeping your new “office” organized is key! Even if you have a small space to work with, you can easily keep it clutter-free. Purchase some color coordinated folders or binders and keep projects color coordinated. You’ll find that doing work is easier to do when you know where everything is. If your office space is a small corner or nook, you can easily buy a divider to put around your space. This way, your office is secluded and you have some privacy and peace and quiet to complete your work.
A clutter free home can change the way you view your day to day tasks. Your productivity will increase, and you’ll feel happier in your home. With less to worry about around the house, you can focus on the important things like spending time with family. Happy New Year!