“Being organized is not about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it is about living the way you want to live, but better.”-Andrew Mellen
Benjamin Franklin once said that for every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. This is because any aspect on your life that is organized—whether it may be your life itself or your home—will effectively allow you to streamline your activities and tasks in such a way that you would be able to expedite them.
In this regard, homeowners ought to make some home organization resolutions for the New Year to get rid of the clutter, clean up and organize their homes. As a result, the prospect of being welcomed home to a spruced up pad would be so much brighter for the next 365 days. With this in mind, we ought not to waste any more time and get started on that home resolution list—especially as the brand new year is still in its inception. Unfortunately, humans as we are, resolutions tend to be a little challenging to maintain after a significant time has passed. Much like your resolve to commit to a daily workout, your New Year resolutions in keeping a spotless and clutter-free home can potentially get waylaid by random bouts of lethargy (or just general laziness on your part).
To prevent this from occurring, remind yourself why you started in the first place. There may be more to life that constantly having to clean and organize your homes but remember that your life would be so much easier if you maintained one. With an organized home—whether that may be a residential flat or a condominium in Pasig, you can expect less stress and more comfort. Now, is that not what you would want to welcome you home every single day for the entire year? In any case, strengthen your resolve and tap into that New Year motivation, kick your cleaning habits into gear and commit to making these home organization resolutions not only for the New Year, but for the entire year.
Put everything in its place
There is a saying that everything has a place and that there is a place for everything. However, when it comes to organized homes, only the former sentiment should apply. Every single household item should have its designated place and it is your responsibility to ensure that they are appropriately utilized. A home cannot truly be organized if household objects are in disarray or do not have homes. Designate a spot for everything and commit to keeping it there. If you find your homes lacking in storage space, then commit to expanding it by investing on storage items that help you keep everything away from sight (and from adding to the clutter).
Stick to the 90/90 rule
To ensure that your home does not become a magnet for clutter, stick by the 90/90 rule as popularized by minimalists. In sum, the rule’s premise is to throw out anything that you have not used in ninety days and do not see yourself using for the next ninety. If you wish, you might even adjust your time limit (either shorten or lengthen it). Just stick to a timeline that is realistic to you and stick to it. This rule would help you mitigate the possibility of holding on to things that you no longer need (and might never need again). More importantly, any decision that takes the guesswork out of the equation is easily made than those that need deeper contemplation. In any case, if you think this is going to be a hard rule to abide by, just trust us when we say that if you have not used it in a significant amount of time, you are probably not going to miss it when you throw it out.
Remember: “One in, one out”
This rule basically means that if something new comes to your home, it should be to replace something and not to add to the clutter. For optimum effect, universally apply this rule to all of your things—from your clothes to your kitchen cutlery and gadgets. Do not hold on to anything if you are buying anything new. If you cannot see yourself letting go of some old stuff you have, then you should not be buying anything new. Similarly, you should encourage your kids to donate toys they no longer want and clothes they have outgrown. Kids can quickly outgrow their clothes which would prompt you to new ones. In this regard, discard the old items and give them away as holding on to them would only be counterintuitive to your endeavor.
Make a commitment
A literal “clean slate” promise if you may. Even if it takes extra effort on your part (such as going to bed twenty minutes later than usual), make it a point to spruce up the house every single day before you wrap up the night. Do not procrastinate and wait until the morning to do it as that is how you end up with a disorganized home. It might prove to be a slog, but it can be rewarding. More importantly, the more you do it, the better you will be at cleaning which would effectively reduce the cleaning time you require each night. By cleaning up each day, you can start each morning fresh without a deficit in organization and cleanliness.