Hopefully, your New Year’s resolutions are progressing. Of course, one of the more popular resolutions involves getting organized. By mid-January or early February, most of us have a sense as to whether we will stick to our resolutions or not. With organizing, planning is encouraged. Without a plan, failure is more likely. Even if January does not go well, don’t give up. February is a great month to plan and get started because, in the northern states, we’re stuck inside.
If you like to plan, sit in your space and think about what you need to do. Make a list. The first step usually involves sorting what you have so you can decide what to keep versus get rid of. Once the list is made, then start, and fight the desire to procrastinate: get started.
If you don’t like to plan then just start organizing something. Pick a small area in your space and start. If you struggle on your own, get someone to help you. Generally, the plan will evolve as the organizing takes place. One task leads to the next and things will start to take shape. An important tip: start small. If you have an entire house or large area to cover, focus on one area. For example, if you resolved to organize your clothes closet, start by picking out all the things you can sell, give away, and get rid of. It’s easier to organize smaller quantities than deal with years of accumulation all at once.