As many of us can attest to, we accumulate a lot of things in our everyday lives. Nice clothes and shoes, papers and books, toys for little busybodies and cool knickknacks and electronics can take over attics and closet spaces in no time. However, the excitement we felt when we first got these things can quickly turn to frustration and the desire to reclaim our space.
Get Organized Month, commemorated every January, is an excellent chance for a fresh start. It’s a time to declutter and get rid of what no longer serves a purpose to make room for what does. Organizing your space has many physical and mental health benefits, including reducing anxiety, giving you an energy boost, getting your creative juices flowing and even improving your sleep.
Ready to declutter at home or work, but don’t know where to begin? Get started with these tips:
- Start with a plan for how you’ll use the space you’re organizing. Will it be a children’s toy room? Your art room? A family den? Organize the room’s contents based on the room’s function.
- Separate and designate items between bins labeled “recycle,” “give away,” “fix,” “throw away,” and “put away.” This will make it easy to quickly identify what stays, what goes and what can be repurposed.
- Invest in a label maker, containers and storage bins to keep items in your kitchen, laundry room, closet or bathroom tidy and organized.
- Purge that closet! Remember that “favorite sweater” you haven’t worn in a year? Those gym shoes that no longer fit? Take an honest assessment of what you no longer wear and donate them to organizations like The Salvation Army, Vincent de Paul or Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan, or sell them for a few extra bucks to buy what you need for your decluttering session.
- Start a filing system in your office or workspace that will help you stash away all necessary documents and files and create a central space that can house smaller items like paperclips, staples and post-it notes.