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Organizing into the new year

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Now that the holidays have come to an end and you try to get back to normal state of being, it may be time to get down to the business of organizing your home. All those presents need somewhere to go and as the new year approaches, it is good to get started on the right foot. Feeling like you have a place for everything and a system that makes life easier will benefit you ten fold as the new year progresses. There are countless resources to help you as your begin your journey into organizing your household. A great place to start is Iheartorganizing.blogspot.com. This blog is chock full of great ideas for all the different areas of your life. If you are struggling to find a place to begin, here a few things to consider.

1. Start with your closet. Getting ready in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day, so having a closet that is easy to navigate is essential in getting started on the right foot. Purge unnecessary items and donate or sell them. Letting go can sometimes be difficult, but the benefit of the new free space will outweigh the guilt associated with letting go. Mary Organizes has a great article on letting go of that guilt.

2. While this isn't necessarily an organizing tip, but you should make your bed every morning before you leave the house. This little step creates a visual oasis for when you return home and makes going to bed at night much easier. You will be surprised with the difference this makes in your day.

3. Get your files in order. If you are dreading tax time (yes, it will be here soon) because your files are unorganized, then you need to put a system into place to get ready for 2014 so next year you will not have this sense of dread.

4. Organize your pantry and other food supplies and set up a system for shopping. Shopping should not fill you with anxiety. If you set up a meal planning strategy and have a stockpile of essential ingredients you should be able to add to your essentials each week to make meal planning easier. Living Well Spending Less is a good resource for this area of your home.

No matter where you begin, any small step will be a great way to begin your new year. Being organized helps relieve anxiety and stress and allows you to focus on the more important things in life.

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