When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, getting organized and staying organized top many people’s lists. It’s no wonder why, considering belongings tend to pile up throughout the year as things are accumulated. By the end of the year, drawers are stuffed, shelves are overflowing and closets are packed. It can be overwhelming, but taking back control of the clutter is simple when you pixelate the big picture. As a rule of thumb, there is no limit to how many times you can break down a big task into smaller components. By ticking off each mini project from your to-do list, you’ll gain the confidence and momentum to keep going. To help you make the most of your resolutions, here are a few tips to an organized new year.

The first step to organizing your home in the new year is to figure out which area is most in need of a revamp. Ask yourself which room or region of a room is most often cluttered, disorganized and/or just generally untidy. Is it the kids’ closet? The shoe cubby in the entryway? The cabinets in the garage? Once you decide which area needs the most targeted attention, you’ve established where to start your home organization. Here are a few ideas tip to get you started.

Entry Way
• Create a drop station to hold your daily items: keys, mail, purse, or wallet. Make sure to pick baskets and bins that will adequately hold everything to keep your entryway neat.

• Placing a bench with a basket by your front door gives your guests a subtle hint to take their shoes off when they come into your home.

Living Room
• Keep your living space clutter-free by carefully curating what is displayed on shelving and on top of your coffee table. If you no longer love looking at something, give yourself permission to donate it or put it in storage.

• If you have young kids, give them a basket in the room for them to own. They can fill it up with whatever toys they want, and switch out the contents as often as they like. This will keep the quantity of toys limited, the items contained, and your space organized.

• Edit out old kitchen utensils you no longer use or have in multiples. Use drawer inserts to contain things so that they stay neat and organized.

• Use countertop canisters for either basic baking ingredients or to house your coffee and tea. It’s an inexpensive way to add extra storage and accessorize your kitchen.

Master Bedroom
• Take the one-year rule seriously. If you have not worn it in the past year, it’s likely you won’t wear it again, donate it, give it to a friend, or put it in a sentimental box if it has nostalgic value. But leaving items you don’t wear in your closet just crowds your space and makes it harder to find the things you do wear.

• Keep all your hangers the same. From there, group tops, pants, and dresses together and color code within each category.

• If your shoes don’t fit nicely, try using clear boxes. You can select sizes for heels, boots, or flats, and can easily stack them to triple your space.

Laundry Room
• Place your laundry products in bins, and a couple of products in labeled jars. Your shelving stays neatly organized and a few canisters add an upgraded look to your space.

• Keep a bin in your laundry room for mismatched socks. Think of it like soles without mates. You’ll eventually find what you’re looking for and save yourself the frustration!

Children’s Room
• Kids grow out of toys as quickly as they grow out of clothes. We recommend editing your kids’ items twice a year to clear out the clutter.

• Focus on simple systems that are intuitive to learn, and easy to maintain. Start by grouping all the similar categories together and position items on dedicated shelves. (Frequently used items should be kept down low, and sentimental items on the top shelves.) Color-coded toys, books, and clothes make it easy for kids to find what they are looking for and easy to put away at the end of the day.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design