A Few Simple Tips On How To Get Organized In 2021

By clearing up our homes, tidying up our workspaces and decluttering our lives (including our schedules and mental and emotional clutter) we can clear a path for happiness, calm and re-growth.

When you get rid of those things and commitments in your life that are weighing you down, you open up the possibility for new and exciting things to enter.

Here are some tips to help shed those unwanted possessions and simplify your life. Try one or two in the next few days. Keep at it! Once the first few projects are completed, you’ll be inspired to continue through the list.

Purge your pantry and refrigerator - This will make room for more healthy options. Visit Organized in 60 Seconds YouTube channel at   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvLarGrD1VETbmKQsf82kKw for videos on how to declutter and organize your pantry and refrigerator. Subscribe to the channel so you can get updates on new videos they will  be producing.

Clean out your closet - The start of the new year is a perfect time to get rid of items that no longer fit or flatter your figure, are ripped, stained or out of style. This is a tough chore, but extremely liberating. Donate or consign those items that are still in good shape. Re-organize what’s left by type and color (pants, shirts, etc.) for easier outfit selection.

Toss old make-up and toiletries - What is lurking at the bottom of your makeup bag? The shelf life for makeup is much shorter than you think. Bacteria can develop and cause infection. If you can’t remember when you’ve purchased an item, chances are it’s older than you think and needs to go. Clean your makeup brushes with a mild soap. Discard half-used shampoo bottles that you don’t plan to finish as well as any items you know you will never use.

DeClutter and organize your drawers and cabinets - How many plastic food storage containers do you have? And how many are missing the lids? How many holey socks are stuffed in your drawer? Tackle one drawer or cabinet at a time. If possible, weigh what you discard and keep track. We’ve helped clients lose 100 pounds or more in one session. When you get rid of what you don’t need and organize what you plan to keep, you’ll save time and reduce stress.

DeClutter and dust off your desk - Can you write your name in the dust that has accumulated on your desk? Or maybe you can’t even see the top of the desk at this point. Don’t get overwhelmed. Put on some good music, grab a garbage bag and dig in. There is no time like the present. Recycle papers you no longer need and be sure to shred anything that contains personal information. Our friends at Confidata in Utica can help you with that. It’s helpful to create an efficient filing system and file only items you will need to retrieve later. Keep in mind, filing is for retrieval, not storage. Paper can create a big clutter problem if you let it get out of control. With an organized desk and fewer distractions, you will be able to focus more on the tasks at hand.

Get rid of magazines, newspapers and receipts - These are perfect examples of clutter breeding clutter. Newspaper, magazines and receipts just seem to multiply. If you no longer read the magazines you subscribe to, cancel the subscriptions and save money. Discard newspapers as soon as you read them and get them out of your living space and into the recyclable bin. Par down receipts saving only those where there is a possibility you may return the item or those from major purchases.

Clear off your calendar - Are you overwhelmed and over-extended? Having too many activities and commitments cannot only drain your time but your energy and enthusiasm as well. Commit to only those things you really want to do. Don’t feel guilty — just say no (politely and diplomatically of course!). Spend your time on those things that give you the most enjoyment and with the people whose company you really enjoy.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe 2021!

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