Getting Started

Hoping to literally wipe the slate clean after family and friends leave from your Holiday Hospitality? After the family leaves in this video, a little New Year’s organization will definitely be required. How many times have you vowed to keep things organized, only to discover that by mid-January, the clutter culprits are back in full force?

Nothing kills New Year’s motivation faster than setting a goal beyond any realistic reach, and if you don’t have a knack for organization, tackling your entire home will be impossible. Rather than organizing every nook and cranny, carry out small-scale purges instead:

  • Stock up on storage
    Purchase bins and baskets. Place them at drop points around the house, such as near your main entrance, on your kitchen counter or coffee table, or in your home office.
  • Gift yourself a paper shredder
    Papers tend to accumulate quickly at home, and sensitive documents can be a gateway to identity theft if not handled properly. Trust me – there’s nothing more exciting than watching your cross-cutting machine lay waste to piles of paperwork.
  • Pare down duplicates
    Two isn’t always better than one. Consider donating multiples of common household items you haven’t had a need for in a year or more.
  • Get smart about space
    Are your closets bursting? Vacuum seal items that are not in season. Store folded fitted and flat sheets and one pillowcase inside the accompanying pillowcase. Flip your hanging garments so that the opening of the hanger faces you. Whenever you wear an item, put it back on the hanger and turn it to face away from you. After a few weeks, donate, toss or sell items on hangers still facing you.
  • Cut computer clutter
    Remove programs that haven’t been used in six months or more, delete photos that aren’t album-worthy, and reserve space on your desktop for the applications you visit most frequently.


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