How’s everyone’s 2018 going so far?! Have y’all survived the first couple days? I always find this week to be a tad overwhelming slash also pretty motivating. I’ve been spending a lot of time at home assessing the last year, my goals for the upcoming, and getting my house in order – and getting organized always makes me feel better like ASAP. Since I’m sure I’m not the only person trying to get organized at the moment, I thought I’d put together 18 ways I’m getting my life together in the form organization. These lists always scare me at first, but then once I start actually doing the tasks, I find it all pretty therapeutic. I promise the ones below are simple enough and will make your year feel off to a great start!
Organize your garage/pantry/closet/bathroom
Mine has been a hot mess since I moved into my house, so 2018 is the year of a clean garage lol, but for real! I had a guy friend suggest hanging sturdy racks on our ceiling since we lack floor space and the garage is pretty small. So instead of having stuff lying all around my car, I’m installing racks on the ceiling and side walls to host things like luggage, summer clothing, tools, etc. Does it officially mean I’m an adult if this excites me?!
Or how about organizing your closet?! Or your pantry? Slash under the sink? Or how about your bathroom?! Maybe tackle whichever area needs is screaming for your attention the most! It will make you feel so much better. Could you devote one Saturday to doing this?!
One in, one out rule
I know this is a common rule, but it’s a great reminder. Essentially, every time you bring something new into your house, you should be getting rid of something, too – so that you don’t end up with too much stuff. Of course you can’t live like this with every single purchase, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. If you buy a new pair of sweats, you can probably get rid of an old pair (slash why you bought the new ones in the first place).
Take things out of the packaging ASAP
Y’all know when you go to the store and come home with all these boxes of backup supplies, or things that are waiting to be used? Instead of keeping them in their packaging or box, take them out right away and get rid of the package. This will not only save you space, but you’ll have less clutter of packaging and all that stuff in your closets. One less thing to do later, too!
Use Dashlane for Passwords
If I have to remember one more password, I’ll scream. Which is why I’ve started using something called Dashlane. It basically stores all your passwords for you, and you just have to remember that ONE password to login to LassPass. Then, everything auto populates when you go on an app or whatever. Genius!
Revamp your closet
Even if you don’t have space to have the biggest, fanciest closet ever, it’s smart to keep it organized. Buy nice hangers so that things stay put, and then take the time to make sure everything is right side out, hanging the same direction, and even in different sections depending on what the item is. Go one step further and color coordinate each section and I guarantee it’ll make getting dressed WAY faster this year.
Clean your makeup brushes
All of them, this week! Set a reminder on your phone to do this 2x a month. I’ve heard using baby shampoo is great! And that this tool is amazing to use for doing it.
Create drop zones
Does anyone else have a chair in their room that is constantly full of clothes hanging over it? And random stuff? Guilty! I’ve been reading about the idea of “drop zones,” and I LOVE it. Basically, the idea is to add dedicated holders to areas in your home that you tend to drop things or let them pile up. So, for me, this means a basket in my closet for dry cleaning (separate than dirty clothes), a return basket in my room for stuff to take back, a cute separator by the front door for mail for my roommates, etc. Find the trouble zones in your home and buy containers/boxes/baskets accordingly.
Keep a bag of essentials in your purse
If you’re anything like me, you probably change up your bag or purse often. And instead of forgetting your Starbucks card and chapstick in your other purse one more time, keep everything you want to transfer in one smaller bag. That way, you can simply grab the small bag as you move purses, without having to grab each item separately. I talked about it in my stories yesterday, but I use these clear bags I found a few months ago and I’m obsessed with them!
2-min rule – At the end of each day, spend two minutes in each room of your house tidying it. For me, that’s my desk area (putting back mugs, clearing papers), the kitchen (cleaning up my dinner or plates from earlier in the day), and living room (folding the blankets, putting remotes back, etc). Makes such a difference to come into tidy rooms in the morning!
Use a budgeting app
Mint is one of my faves! Get all your bills and finances in one place while organizing your budget.
Monthly clean out day
Dedicate one morning a month to cleaning up your life. That means going through your closet, your fridge, bringing returns to your car, making a list of things you need from Target, going through your phone and computer, etc. It feels SO freakin’ amazing, and I like to do this listening to a favorite podcast so that it’s enjoyable.
Bins in fridge/freezer
Speaking of going through your fridge, consider using plastic bins to store things (especially if your fridge lacks natural organization or drawer space). Even taking eggs out and placing them in a glass bin, or putting all fruit in one makes a big difference (you can just grab the bin and bring it out and actually see what you have). Do the same thing in your freezer to take advantage of limited space.
Speaking of organizing the fridge, I actually really want to find someone who can help me do a post on this for you, so we can BOTH learn tricks for organizing the fridge. Would y’all be interested in that? Maybe I could mention it on stories and see if there’s anyone in the Dallas area that would be willing to collaborate.
Simplify (Ugh, SO HARD I know)
Whenever you can this year, think of ways to simplify your life. Use one notepad instead of 10 around the house. Get rid of the 23494792 pens in your drawer and pick your favorite 3. Go through your phone contact list and get rid of people you no longer talk to. Clean out your Insta feed. Do one thing at a time, and so forth. It’s a lot easier to organize your life when things are simple to start.
Unroll Me slash Unsubscribe
It’s not very expensive and it lets you get rid of all junk mail from your inbox – once and for all. Priceless IMO! Check it out at unrollme.com
Clean out your Inbox (in general)
Can you try and get your inbox to zero? I know that might sound unattainable but think of how much more productive you’d be if you were able to respond/manage your emails in just-in-time (batch) manner? Wouldn’t that be SO amazing!? Actually, inbox management is something is REALLY struggle with. Even though I’m encouraging you to do it, I’d love to hear if any of you have mastered HOW to do this well? I would LOVE to hear any tips you may have! or resources?!
Do things now (easier said than done, I know)
Instead of putting things off until later in the day, week, month, year, just get stuff done! Organize that sock drawer that drives you crazy. Make the phone calls and book the appts. Just do it when you think of it, or first thing in the day.
With all the natural disasters in 2017, I felt an intense need to create an emergency pack that’s all in one place. Instead of having a flash light in one spot, extra food in another, I put it all in a backpack and placed it in the closet by my front door.
Consider white boards
I finally bought myself a snazzy white board calendar and it’s been a godsend. Not only can I write out thoughts on there, but seeing my week big and bold in my home really helps. It’s also where I can add house organization chores like “check medicine expiration dates” 1x a month, or that we need to get something fixed. Especially if you live with other people, it’s great for getting everyone on the same page.
One of my biggest goals for 2017 was to delegate, and I’ve realized that by taking things off my plate, I’m much more organized in general. Think of the tasks that weigh you down or that you’re not good at organizing, and delegate them.
OK that’s all! This post seriously excites and motivates me, so I hope it provides the same #feels for y’all. How are you organizing things slash your life to start 2018? Let me know!