Since everyone else is doing these “what to do in the New Year” type blog posts, I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon about something that’s important to me: organization. I try to be organized. I really do. At work, I’m great. But at home? Not so much. So, in the spirit of new beginnings, here are a few suggestions on how to organize your home and life for a happier, less cluttered 2018.
Keep Your Junk drawer Organized
Ah, the mighty junk drawer. It’s where half used batteries, old bills, and loose change gather. Junk drawers are necessary (it’s true!) but try sorting it every few month to keep the mess down.
Check Expiration Dates
I think we’re all pretty good for going through our fridges to ditch food past its prime but what about your pantry? Your medicine cabinet? Your toiletry drawer? It’s amazing how many out of date products linger in these places, usually without us even knowing it. Sort through them and remove whatever’s expired.
Organize Your Pictures
When I was growing up, my parents kept a bunch of shoeboxes filled with old pictures and film negatives under the bed. With digital photography, we now have the electronic equivalent of those shoe boxes jamming up our phones and computers.
You probably don’t need all 700 of the photos you took on your last weekend trip so why not pick the ones you think are worth printing and delete the rest? If you can’t bear to get rid of any of them, at least get them off your devices by backing them up to an external hard drive or an online storage service. Your phone will thank you.
Make Sure Your Food Containers Have Lids
I think cupboards that store food containers are the new sock-eating dryer because I have lost an insane amount of lids over the years. But do I get rid of the container? Nope, because I’m sure that lid will turn up somewhere.
If this sounds familiar, it’s time we rip off the band-aid and get rid of those containers! Sort through your cupboard to see which tops and bottoms match up, then recycle the rest.
Get Rid of Odd Socks
Speaking of socks, those missing ones aren’t coming back. Maybe they’re hiding in the house. Maybe they’re stuck inside a sweater you never wear (and should also get rid of). Or maybe they’ve ended up in Narnia. Wherever they went, their lonely partners are just cluttering up your drawers. If you can’t turn them back into a pair within a week, get rid of the loner sock.
Sort Through Your Instruction Manuals
Do you get rid of the manuals after you buy an appliance or device? Congratulations. You’re a stronger person than most of us. For some reason, we have a tendency to keep manuals for items we have. Or worse, got rid of years ago. Go through and recycle the manuals you don’t need. Or, better yet, pop online and download PDF versions of them all. That way you’ll have them on hand but they won’t be taking up any space in your home… or that junk drawer you carefully organized in step #1.
Obviously I could go on but truthfully, the best tip for organizing your home is… JUST DO IT! Once you do, I promise you’ll feel a lot better. And if you feel like you could use a new home to get organized in, get in touch with me today! Let’s go through those Kelowna real estate listings together and see if we can you into your dream home.