Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight? What about putting your house on a diet for the new year too? With a few simple steps and just a few minutes of time every day, you can control the clutter and streamline your home.
Sort through mail when it comes in
Assign a specific location for all incoming mail to be placed, preferably somewhere that is visible; perhaps a basket or pretty clay pot on a table next to the door. Keep a trash basket there as well. As soon as mail comes in, sort through it and toss the junk; don’t let it pile up.
Keep magazines under control
Magazines have a tendency of piling up quickly. Toss or donate older issues as current issues come in. It takes only a few seconds when this is done on a regular basis, and you’ll be assured of having only the most current issues in your magazine rack.
Do “Search And Destroy” missions
Flylady, a website and program dedicated to household organization, calls it a “27-fling boogie.” Go through a room (or several rooms) and find 27 items that are either trash or you no longer use. Either bag up for trash or box up for donation. Just make sure that you take your donations to where you want them to go immediately; don’t store the boxes until later or they just become more clutter.
Sort through cabinets, drawers, closets, etc. one at a time
Some people love to clean and organize, others would rather have root canal surgery. If you are in the latter group, you can still organize your house in around 15 minutes a day. Just do it one area at a time. Pledge to sort one location a day, whether it be the junk drawer in the kitchen or the hallway coat closet. If you are feeling particularly motivated, tackle a larger project that might take more than a few minutes. It might take a while to pare down the weight, but slow and steady wins the race.
One in, one out
If you bring something in, get rid of something.