Getting Yourself Organized This Year
With the holidays over and 2019 in full swing, you’re probably trying to pick up the pieces from a busy holiday season full of family, friends, and plenty of activity. Getting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but when the business of life kicks back in it can go by the wayside in a hurry.
If you’re looking at getting yourself organized this year, then take a look at our tips for how to do it and stick with it.
- Everything in It’s Place
Clutter is scientifically proven to not only give you a hard time finding things, but it can actually affect your psyche by cluttering your mind. Probably the #1 thing you can do for your new year is eliminate as much clutter as possible by finding a permanent home for everything in your house.
Make things you use regularly easy to access and store less-used items on top shelves or in base cabinets. Also, make sure to keep like things together, so at least if you can generalize what you’re looking for then you can have a place to start looking.
- Be the Executioner
Getting organized can be difficult if you find that you need to hang on to certain objects for “future use.” In the end, if you haven’t used that [insert unused possession here] in 3 months, you’re not likely to use it anytime soon.
Purging your possessions will help both declutter your life and free you from the burden of having too much stuff. Be ruthless, be the executioner when getting rid of things. If it doesn’t have a home, a use, or a need in your home, get rid of it.
- Donate to Charity
Getting rid of things doesn’t necessarily mean that your unused or cluttered possessions are destined for the landfill. As a matter of fact, this is exactly what you should avoid if the items you’re getting rid of still have life, use, and are in decent condition.
Donate your used goods to a local thrift store or Goodwill. This way, you know that the things you have are going to people in need and will be used by someone who needs them.
- Avoid Buying Storage
One of the common misconceptions with decluttering and organizing your home is to find clever storage solutions for the things you have; however, this will only lead to more trouble. If you have places to put things, you certainly will put them there.
One fact of homeownership is that if there is a nook or cranny to be filled with something, then it will be filled. Therefore, avoid the temptation of adding more storage or more places for potential clutter. In fact, as you declutter, consider removing some storage to avoid it in the future.
One way to get rid of clutter and to better organize your life is to actually purchase a smaller home. If it’s in the cards for you and your family, a smaller home with less space can actually force you to get rid of possessions, simplify, and generally downsize your dwelling and the things in it.
Downsizing from your current home can have plenty of benefits including lower mortgage payments, increased equity, and lower expenses. But if you’re not sure how to go about it, then contact Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc. expert loan officers. With over 20 years of experience, Tidewater can help you find the mortgage solution to help organize your world in 2019.