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Tips for Organizing Your Home

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The new year is a wonderful time to de-clutter your home. If you have been wanting to clean out the house, don’t wait until the springtime rolls around to do it. There’s no time like the present, and if you start now, you can spend the rest of the year enjoying a well-organized and clutter-free home.

Christmas clean up. The very first place that you should start with home organization after the holidays, is to put all of the holiday decor away. Don’t just shove things into boxes. Everyone is ready to kick the Christmas tree to the curb by January, but be sure to take time neatly organizing holiday items like ornaments, wreaths, etc.  The Container Store literally has everything you need to organize your holiday decor. Get free shipping on orders of $75.00 or more. Go ahead and splurge on items like wreath storage, ornament boxes, and containers to hold larger items. Use a label maker to mark the containers, and keep everything stored together in the attic or basement. This way, you’ll know where to find everything next season.

After you have put away the Christmas decor, it’s time to work your way through the rest of the house. Start with the closets. A great way to de-clutter, is to go through old clothes and shoes that you don’t wear anymore. A great trick to do this, is to turn all of your hangers facing forward at the start of the year. After you wear a garment, turn the hanger the other direction. At the end of the year, you’ll know which items you have and haven’t worn. Get rid of the ones you haven’t worn by putting them into storage, or better yet, donating them.

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Slowly go through the rest of your home, and pull out items that you no longer want or need. If something is out of date or style, and hold no sentimental value, consider selling it or consigning it at a local shop. There are tons of ways to consign online these days. You can consign everything from clothing to furniture. Realizing what you can and cannot live without will help you tremendously.

Start a work area. If you don’t have room for a home office, you should try to designate one small area of your home as the central command center. Let this be the space that you work from when it comes to projects, homework, answering e-mails, scheduling events for the family, paying bills, etc. The kitchen is a helpful place to do this, because it is often the center of the household. Keep all of the supplies you might need like envelopes, paper, tape and pencils all in this area. Neatly label bins so everyone in the family knows where to find what they might be looking for, without tearing to drawers.

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Keep the laundry in check. One of the greatest mess makers for any family is the laundry room. Make this place a haven, instead of a place that brings you stress. Grab everything you need to organize your laundry room from Lowe’s. Get free shipping when you spend $49.00 or more. Add custom shelving and upgrade appliances to make your life easier. A three bin laundry sorter will help to keep everyone’s dirty laundry separated, and in check.

It does take some time and work to organize your home, but once you put forth the effort, you will be so pleased with the outcome. You’ll wonder how you ever lived in such a cluttered state before the big clean-out!