Start the New Year Right by Letting Go of Old Stuff

Start the New Year Right by Letting Go of Old Stuff

Start the New Year Right by Letting Go of Old Stuff

Around this time of year, it’s impossible not to be bombarded with talk of New Year’s resolutions. Going to the gym three days a week, eating healthier and yes, even cleaning out your home are all common goals people set as January rolls around. Whether you’re a believer or not, New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to get motivated and make even small improvements in your life.

As the saying goes: a cluttered room or cluttered desk is indicative of a cluttered mind. With this in mind, you can only imagine what that means for a cluttered home! You simply can’t expect any of your other resolutions to stick without first decluttering your home. It can be a long process, but you’re not alone in starting the journey at the beginning of the year.

Plan It Out

Knock out two birds with one stone by staying organized in the New Year and keeping it clean once you’re done. When decluttering your home, have a plan about which rooms to tackle first. This way, it’s far less daunting of a task and you’ll finish even before you realize it.

Writing things down keeps you accountable and less likely to divert from your goals. Making to-do lists and putting helpful reminders up around your home are proven to aid your productivity. Since you’re now deep into the technology age, you can use one of many reminder apps (with alarm and notification if you like) on your handy dandy smartphone to tell you to go to the gym and streamline your DVD collection at the same time! Of course you can also use it to remind you to tackle organizational tasks too!

Declutter and Destress for the Holidays

Declutter and Destress for the Holidays

Don’t Deck the Halls

It can be so tempting to fill your home with the knickknacks of the holidays — and there’s nothing wrong with that! But when you’re trying to make room for the bevy of new gifts and gadgets you’re going to receive, showing some restraint by decluttering your home just might prove to be the cure for clutter this holiday season.

Sure, a tree is always one of those must-have items of holiday cheer. Concentrate the majority of your holiday spirit on and around the tree, leaving the other space-hogging decorations in storage — or better yet, donate them to a worthy organization so that some other families can find joy in the season.

Focus your attention on the decorations you can hang or wrap around something, as those don’t take up as much space. Mistletoe and garland, for example, add some holiday flare to your home without messing with space you actually walk through.

Are There Skeletons Hiding in Your Closets?

Are There Skeletons Hiding in Your Closets?

Are There Skeletons Hiding in Your Closets?

Fall marks the beginning of the holiday season. Halloween is just around the corner, so decorate the house, get the candy ready and prepare for the onslaught of kiddies. But remember: hoarding holiday decorations can be a major source of clutter in your home.

That’s right. You may find, buried deep in a closet, skeletons or monsters or other ghouls — outdated and forgotten decorations of holidays past. Now is a good time to clear out what you don’t need. If this is a task you’ve put off for far too long, call a home organizing service like Art of Downsizing for help. The job is always easier when someone else does the work or helps you do it. So this Halloween, sip some cider and sit by the fire as your handy home organizing service makes sure there are no skeletons lurking  in your closets.

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

When All Hallows Eve rolls around this year, use it as an opportunity to clear some of your home’s clutter in preparation for Christmas. As a home organizing service, we like to focus on the big picture. On Halloween, as well as year-round, the devil truly is in the details. We suggest placing a festive trinket or bouquet on side tables and other open spaces to help you avoid the temptation of using those spots for clutter. Then put the stacks of paper you’re replacing next to your scanner to either be scanned or tossed while you watch tv.

A pile of packages is festive once a year. Period. Make an effort to use every open space in your home as a way to display your keen eye for decoration, not for extra storage. Create an ambiance of an organized life to bring you and your guests peace of mind. As you clear out your closets to make way for new gifts and purchases, keep your open spaces sacrosanct and free from closet-clutter. You’ll find that opening up space in your home actually improves your sense of well being.