The start of a new year can be a great time to recommit to having a more organized, functional, and beautiful home. Many of my clients avoid a much-needed decluttering, renovation, or redecorating project because there is just too much confusion in their homes. They feel their life, in general, is chaotic, and they don’t know where to start. Here are three vital tips to organize your home in the new year.
Before you do anything else, schedule time each week to declutter and downsize your possessions. If you can’t schedule a few minutes for that, you certainly won’t have the time or energy to tackle a larger transformation of your home. Whether it’s a smaller decorating project or a larger renovation, you will have to move things around. It will create a certain amount of chaos. If you own less stuff and organize it well before you begin, you will save yourself a ton of time and a lot of stress.
Rushing into any home project without thought and planning is never a good idea. I know it’s a new year, and you’re excited to start, but please resist the urge to just jump in. I am not discouraging you from organizing your closets, decluttering your kitchen counters, or filing piles of paper. But anything more extensive than that should be carefully considered to ensure success. Start by brainstorming and record your ideas either in a notebook (paper or electronic). Then look at the ideas you have and circle the ones that will positively affect your life. Finally, highlight one (and only one) that is the most important to you right now.
Hire Some Help
If you are still feeling overwhelmed by all the decisions you need to make and are having trouble executing an organizing or design project, it could be time to call for some help. Some people feel that spending money on professional design and organizing services can seem like a waste. However, when you hire a professional to work with you, they will help you establish the logical order to do things and assist with planning and execution. It can save you a ton of time and money in the long run. Ask yourself if you have the knowledge and skills needed or if it would be better to leave it to someone who does.
Since I can’t say it any better, here is an important piece of advice, “Always finish things. If you keep starting things and don’t complete them, you end up thinking you can never get anything done.” – Ian McKenzie.
For more tips, read my post on the ten things to do before you start a renovation. For advice on how to organize your home in the new year, reach out and let’s talk about it.