January has a well-accepted restart button. It seems we have collectively agreed that anything that you have been putting off, can be done in January – no questions asked. And the most popular one (besides to be healthy) is to get organized! A daunting task for most but here are a few ideas that may help to start 2015 fresh and clutter free.
Start with a list
Dust off the pen and paper and start breaking down everything you need to get done to get organized. Or if you prefer the techy approach there are a ton of apps to help you get started (just ask Siri or Google)
But remember- the key is not to over do it. A list is fantastic but if it’s too long you’ll feel bogged down and may get over welled by it all. Take bite size pieces and write them down, crossing them off will help to create the buzz and momentum you need to stay motivated.
Writing yourself an amazing to-do list is only step one- you still need to get stuff done, so don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today. Make note of anything that has to wait, put a due date on it and stick to it!
Go through all your old post, shred and recycle everything that you don’t need. If you find important letters or old bills, store them in a binder or in a file folder. You never know when you might need to refer back to them so it’s better not to just throw everything away in a moment of sweeping fury.
First in – First out
In the same way you would organize your fridge, organize your office. FIFO as it’s known in the restaurant biz- Keep things at hand if they get used more than once a week and everything that is less frequent can be stored at the back.
Your eyes naturally group things, so use colors to keep things neat, tidy and to simplify life. Sort bills, recipes, coupons or even children’s artwork with colored folders, tabs or even shoe boxes. If you don’t have any at home, you can make your own with colored markers or highlighters.
Reuse or Recycle
Anything with your personal information such as your name, address or banking information should be shredded or destroyed – But remember a good majority of what you are getting rid of can be recycled. Old newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes, envelopes, junk mail, generic communications/ads ( ie bank, gas/electrics supplier, department stores etc..[ just remeber remove any pages with personal/account info]) can dumped into the recycling bin. If you have any old shoe boxes these can be really great for storing papers or small items. You can buy similar ones from places like ikea but if you have some lying around just make a little label for the front and they fit nicely on or under a shelf!