How To Organize Your Home


Just think, in just eleven months you'll be able to start decorating for Christmas all over again! If you have those after-Christmas blues, it may help you to plan a project that occupies your time and fills your mind. Starting 2016 with a thoroughly organized home is a great project. From planning to storage, here are some ideas that might help.

You have one important decision to make: do you want to organize your house while kids are at school or do you want all the family to help?

Doing It Solo - In a way, having the children away from the house is an easier way to work on your organization project. While they're gone you can go through their things and assess what they really use and what is ready to be given to charity. Just in case you make a wrong choice, put those things in a box and keep the box for a while before making your donation. If somebody is upset because one of their favorite possessions is missing, you can easily retrieve it. 

Getting Help - If you decide to make your organization project a family affair, start with a family meeting. Give them an actual date of when you'll be working on your organization work and tell family members not to make any plans for that day. It will help to have an assignment chart so that everybody will know what he or she will be doing to help.

Work Day - Start early in the day so you won't run out of time. Bring out the assignment chart you created so everybody will remember exactly what he or she is supposed to do. Take it a room at a time or work in teams as you tackle different rooms. Tell everybody to pay attention to detail. For example, when working in the family room, don't forget to go through CDs or DVDs to eliminate those that aren't used anymore. Have transparent storage containers ready for things like shoes, small toys, and other smaller items. Shelves for things like books, puzzles, picture albums and board games will be useful, too.

Self Storage - If you've realized that you just plain have too much stuff, consider renting a self storage space. Not only is storage space affordable, but you can have the peace of mind that your things will be safe. Self storage units are climate controlled and there is security twenty-four hours a day. Off-season sports equipment, camping gear, boxes of holiday decorations, and even your artificial Christmas tree are just some of the things you can store. 

It's a great idea to write down where you put things that you don't use very often. For example, you might be searching for your map of the western United States. If you noted that it's with your traveling first-aid kit and your travel blankets, you can get to it easily.


9 January 2016

Improving Your Next Move

As soon as my boss asked me to move tor work, I started worrying about the upcoming relocation. I was worried about how my kids would respond to the new surroundings and how I would cope with a different office. Fortunately, I had a helpful friend at the time who walked me through the entire process. He gave me a few tips that helped me to dramatically improve the moving process, including working with movers to handle packing and disassemble my furniture. I wanted to make other people more aware of the resources they have available to them, which is the reason I made this blog.