It's that time of year again when we break out the running shoes, eat healthier for a couple of weeks and pledge to be simply perfect people. But what about our surroundings? How are we supposed to eat healthier if our pantries are overflowing? How are we going to be inspired to hit the pavement every morning if we are looking at piles of clothes? Clear your mind by clearing out the clutter. If your home is organized your mindset will be too.
A clean and balanced home is actually a launching pad for all of your other resolutions. So if you are already starting to fail at your self-resolutions try this home resolution -- find more space in your home by clearing out the clutter. Follow these ten tips and I promise you it will inspire you to complete your other resolutions and lead you to a more organized, happier year.
• The pantry. Create room by removing the large and awkward food packaging. Purchase clear, air-tight containers, take the box of your food item, and cut out the product name, nutritional facts and expiration date. Tape them to the inside of your clear container and then seal the food.
• The pantry shelves. Arrange the food on your shelves to help keep your resolutions. Make "first choice" shelves for the food that you want to stay on that diet. Make shelves that are for the kids snacks or foods that you're just not going to have on a regular basis anymore... You get the idea -- some shelves are just for the once a week treat. Some are for every day.
• The pantry. If you like to buy in bulk, put the bulk of your paper goods in another location, perhaps a closet or the garage, and place only what you need in your pantry -- restock as needed.
• The kitchen. When storing pots, pans and other durable items, stack them on their sides like files. This simple step not only creates more room, it also allows you to see exactly what you need. Caddies or sorters from a shelf or container store are great tools for vertical organizing
• The dresser. Place clothing in drawers vertically (not the traditional horizontal piles) because it not only maximizes space, it allows you to find items more quickly. You can purchase wooden planks or plastic planks to use as dividers. This way you can see all of your clothes at once when you open the drawer.
• The closet. If your shoes don't have a place they end up in a pile taking up valuable space. Place shoes and accessories in clear plastic containers so you can see everything and tape their photo to the inside of their container with photo facing out. This little step gives you triple duty: more space, you can find it easily and better still you can put it away in the exact same spot for next time that hot date rolls around...
• Use color to keep it straight. Organize your closet and drawers dark to light. It can be great way to find out that you really have way too many black blouses... and you can keep your resolution of being a kinder gentler you by donating the extras!
• The kids' rooms. Purchase bed raisers for under-the-bed storage. You can store everything from shoes, laundry basket, books and any bulky items that might otherwise clutter their room.
• The baby's closet. Is there room to add another bar? Take advantage of the fact that baby clothing is smaller and if you can, add an additional bar to hang the clothing to maximize space. You can purchase pre-made closet organizers that you can customize to make the most out of baby's closet.
• The best trick to more space in your home, less is more! So if you find you have extra things laying around, throw a reverse housewarming party! You will be starting a new party trend. Set aside your unwanted items and instead of having your friends bring a housewarming gift, they are to pick one of your items and take it home with them. This is a great way to reunite with friends, find your unwanted things a good home, and de-clutter all at the same time!