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How to Get Organized this Year

Well, we’re a few weeks into the new year, and I’m betting you’re still trying to figure out how to get organized, right? As a mom of 8, I’ve learned through the years what tips work — and which ones don’t. Below, I’m going to give you a few of my favorite tips on how to get organized… and stay that way!

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  • Spend Small Amounts of Time Organizing Each Day – Don’t try to get organized all in one day. It doesn’t work that way, and it won’t help you build better habits. Instead, set a timer for 15 – 20 minutes each day and spend that time organizing something in your home. Once the timer is up, go back to your daily business. By spending small amounts of time organizing each day, you teach yourself to do it every day and soon it will become habit. It keeps you from getting frustrated, and eventually, you’ll love how organized you’ve become! Need a watch with a timer that you can wear on you at all times? Check out these Timex promo codes and save money on your purchase.

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  • Keep Passwords Written Down Somewhere – I have a journal that I keep all of my passwords for every site written down in. It seems like today, every website wants you to have a username and password. By keeping them written down in one easy to access place, you’ll stay organized and be able to find exactly what you need in one place! (Don’t plan on your browser keeping your password stored for you. Sometimes, you’ll need to access the site from another device.) It’s just better to have everything written down, and I like the look and ease of a journal.
  • Have a Family Information Center – This tip on how to get organized is SO important! Just inside my back door, (the door we use every day), is our family information center. I have a calendar, a bulletin board, and a dry erase board all hanging on the wall, and they get written on constantly. Appointments, meetings, doctor visits, school activities, sports… doesn’t matter what it is, if something is going on, it gets put into the family information center. The calendar is a dry erase calendar and each member of the family gets a different color marker. (Family events get written in their own color as well.) Flyers get tacked to the bulletin board, and urgent messages get written on the dry erase board. My family information center is the lifeline of our family. Without it, I’d be a hot mess!

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  • Cut the Clutter – I know I told you to spend small amounts of time every day getting organized, and I mean that. But, some rooms and areas will require you to spend several days in them. The biggest example is your closet. Be bold, be ruthless, and get rid of ALL of the stuff you have in your closet that you just don’t need. If you haven’t worn something in 6 months, nix it. If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. If it’s never going to come back in style, it’s gone! Knowing how to get organized means you know how to get rid of the stuff you just don’t need anymore. And, yes, I know everything can have sentimental value. You’re talking to the girl who saved each of my children’s baby teeth in my lingerie drawer because I didn’t know what else to do with them. (ICK! Throw them away!!) Just because you’re tossing (or donating!) and item doesn’t mean you are getting rid of the memories. Those are something you will always have with you. These promo codes from The Container Store will get you on the right to having a beautifully organized closet that you will love opening every single day!

There are lots more ways to teach you how to get organized, but I think these 4 tips are a great start!