Many homeowners set the task of organizing their homes at the very top of their new year’s resolution list. Decluttering can feel overwhelming without a plan in place. A good strategy for organizing your home is to plan seasonal projects over the course of the year. By breaking the project into manageable segments, you will have a better chance of success and completion. Here are some ideas for organizing your home, season by season.
At the Beginning of the Year
Start the new year off right by cleaning out your kitchen – from containers with missing lids to appliances that are never used, to worn out linens – go through your cabinets and drawers and discard, recycle, or gift items that take up valuable storage space. Clean out the refrigerator and pantry of any expired food items and neatly organize what’s left. Next, consolidate your desk or dedicated office space. Prepare for tax season by deciding what can be filed, shredded, and recycled. If you haven’t done so already, consider switching to paperless billing to reduce clutter and waste.
With the change of season, it’s a perfect time for every member of your household to sort through closets and wardrobes. Donate what doesn’t fit and what you don’t wear. Move on to linen closets, vanities, and medicine cabinets, discarding expired and worn-out items. Spring is also the start of yard sale season – a great time to clean out the basement and garage of your home, too. Speak to your neighbors and plan a multi-family yard sale!
The summer is a great time to de-clutter your family room, playroom, and bedrooms. Books, magazines, and outgrown children’s toys and games can be donated or recycled. With lawn work underway, take the opportunity to pare down lawn care items and landscaping equipment. Lastly, when the heat and humidity of the summer set in, stay indoors and go through books, photographs, and keepsakes accumulated over the years. Decide how best to store what you wish to keep.
Organizing at the End of the Year
During the fall, organize and tidy your mudroom, foyer, and formal rooms. Many folks entertain more as the year comes to a close, and you’ll want to prepare these areas for guests. If you hadn’t cleaned out the closets in your foyer or mudroom earlier in the year, do so now. Also, take this time to sort through holiday decorations, place settings, linens, serving pieces, and the like. Many of these items are only seen once or twice per year, so be sure to donate or recycle what you no longer need or use.
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