Getting organized is one of the top 10 New Year's resolutions that people make every year, and for good reason-most people never complete this resolution, which is why it keeps reappearing on the list!
Let's let this year be different. The costs of a cluttered home or office can wreak havoc on your personal finances, health, time and relationships, which is why the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) sponsors Get Organized "GO" Month every January.
I have many clients who have suffered distress from the clutter in their lives.
They have experienced losing bills, divorce, missing appointments, not having family and friends over because of the embarrassing mess, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and money lost from a home-based business. For many, this is an issue that cannot be swept under the rug.
The toughest part is getting started. The project can often seem overwhelming, but there are ways to organize a little each day and finish the job over time. The following are a few ideas that we offer our clients at Clutterbusters!!
· Clean out your medicine cabinet. Get rid of old make-up, expired medicine and toiletries you haven't used in months. Consolidate medications.
· Organize a single drawer. Whether it's your junk drawer, a drawer in your bedroom dresser or a desk drawer, spend 10 minutes emptying out the junk and arranging it so that similar items are being stored together.
· Hunt and gather. Walk around your house with an empty clothes basket in hand. Put anything that is not in its proper home into the basket. Spend another 15 minutes today, or tomorrow, putting everything back where it belongs.
In our consumer-driven society, more and more "stuff" accumulates quickly. Couple that with the fact that today more families are double-income and low on time for maintaining organization in the home. For some, hiring a professional organizer is the answer. In fact, you may be surprised to hear that the professional organizing industry grew more than 40 percent last year.
Television programs such as "Clean Sweep" and "Mission Organization" have raised public awareness. Professional organizers not only organize, they teach homeowners and business owners the techniques they need to stay organized and even install systems for filing and storage that can maintain order.
De-cluttering during GO Month can mean making some hard decisions about what stays and what goes. The general rule of thumb is to get rid of something if you haven't used it in more than a year, or if it is something you can get again somehow should you ever need it.
If you have a hard time just throwing something in the trash that still has use, it can be donated to charity or a local church, or sold via one of the many eBay stores like Snappy Auctions or I sold it on eBay. For large amounts of trash, you can call national junk removers, or to get bulk trash picked up by the city, call your local public works department.
Once you're organized, commit to at least 15 minutes per day to maintain it. We guarantee you will experience a much less stressful, more enjoyable lifestyle in 2008.