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Get Organized in 2014

Can you believe that we’re just 15 days out from Christmas?? Where did the year go? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was celebrating the 4th of July. If you’re like me you’re already looking ahead to 2014, setting goals and thinking about the changes you want to make. There is one easy way to change your life that can have a huge impact on your year: organizing your home.

If you have plans to organize your home in 2014, I recommend starting one room or even one area at a time. One month tackle your pantry. Another month consider organizing your closet. Use these tips to organize your home and give you peace of mind.

Start with your kitchen. Place items near the location where you use them. For example, dishes should be kept near the dishwasher where you can quickly unload into cabinets. Pot and pans should be kept near the stove and mixing bowls work well under cabinets near the area you plan to use them or food preparation. Put your frequently used small appliances directly on the counter, whereas the ones you use only on occasion can be tucked away in a cabinet. Get rid of extra items you don’t use, duplicates, or items that are damaged. Place items in see through bins and use Dymo labels to keep them organized moving forward.

Organize your bathroom. When was the last time you went through your cosmetics? Skin care products and cosmetics have a finite shelf life. You should take inventory each year and toss items that are old are that you no longer use. Check with your pharmacy to see if they will take back old, unused medication. It not, throw them in the trash. Organize hair accessories and beauty supplies into separate bins with easy-to-read labels.

Organize your closet. Go through your closet and remove everything you haven’t worn in a year. Sort those items into two piles: toss and donate. Install adjustable shelves as well as cubbies at the base of the closet for shoes, belts and other items. The key is to set up an organizational system that you will be able to maintain throughout the year.

Do you have any organizational tips and tricks you would like to share? We would love to hear them!