Most of us will ring in the New Year with a list of resolutions. Things we plan on doing more of, or less of, doing better, or not doing at all. Things like exercising more, eating less, smoking not at all, or studying more are all common entries on our lists.
Some of us will stick to our plans, and by this time next year we will have transformed ourselves in big ways or small. Unfortunately, many others of us will not quite stick to it as well as we intended, but that is OK. Progress, not perfection, as they say. Every good intention has merit, and if we keep trying, we eventually do get things right.
Do you have a list of New Year’s Resolutions already? There are some simple resolutions that we can add to our lists that are easy to implement, not nearly as painful as 500 crunches daily, and that will truly be beneficial to us. Organizing ourselves and our homes is a great and attainable goal. In today’s hectic pace of life, there are only a few of us who can say with authority that they have reigned in the chaos at their homes and are truly organized. To those folks, hat’s off. To the rest of us, here are a few organizational ideas to smooth out your routine.
Let’s start in the living room. Is your coffee table top home to assorted books, remotes, magazine, and even children’s toys and other items? Put a stop to this habit and create instant order in your living room.
Baskets of various shapes and sizes are a great way to organize the family room or living room and keep that clutter off the coffee table. Baskets are available in a variety of styles and many are very attractive. Find a small basket to keep on or near the entertainment center for the collection of remote controls for the television, game console, and sound system. Purchase a larger basket to go in a convenient corner and get the children used to the routine of putting their toys away in the basket at the end of playtime.
Invest in a small magazine rack to go at the end of the couch or beside the recliner and get those magazines and books stored away. Before dumping them all in, take a look. Do you have magazines from 2010 still around? Make a resolution to regularly weed out the old magazines, don’t fool yourself that you are going to find time to go back and read that great article on taxes from 2011. For one thing, the advice is not longer pertinent! Recycle old magazines by dropping them off at your public library, where they are typically offered for free or very little charge, or consider dropping them off at a senior citizens facility, or at any non-profit organization where magazines for the waiting room may not fit into the budget. A family health clinic or the local SPCA are a couple to consider. Even your neighborhood coffee shop may welcome last month’s magazines.
Organizing our rooms will instantly create a feeling of order in your life, it’s amazing how clutter and chaos in our homes invariably encroaches on our peace of mind. Give your home a good start this year with some simple organizational efforts, and enjoy the new year!