How to Build an Organized Home (and Life!) in the New Year

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, harder to keep, and after a few years (decades?) of making and breaking them, they can leave you demoralized. What lots of people don’t realize is that everyday goals and resolutions are easier to achieve if you have an organized life, starting with your home. So if you want to achieve your goals, follow these tips to clean your house. By doing so, you’ll clean out the mental “garbage” in your mind that can prevent you from making your New Year’s resolutions stick.

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Make it a Team Effort

If a couple (dating or married) and/or a family can make this a joint project, cleaning up and organizing can be productive on many levels. Help each other. Start with just a room if doing the whole place is too overwhelming. In fact, even if you just fix up a bathroom, by actually doing it, and doing it well, you’ll gain a lot more energy in your life and collective lives that will serve you in other endeavors.

10 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

1. Clean out your closets — all of them! Give what you don’t use to a charity. There are plenty of them. If you can’t find one, call The Red Cross and ask where you can donate.

2. Make sure your hot water heater, water filter (if you have one), heating vents, and other “hidden” essential parts of your home are working properly.

3. Roof maintenance. This is a preventative measure that can save you lots of headaches down the road. An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining the roof over your head.

4. Clean your chimney. Yes, there are such things as chimney sweeps. Use them.

5. Clean the windows — or have them professionally cleaned.

6. Do your tree-trimming and finish the landscaping you wanted to do.

7. Clean out the garage. Have a garage sale with everything you don’t need any more in the house. Donate this stuff as well, or throw away anything that others wouldn’t want.

8. Book sweep. Go through your bookshelves and make a box of all the books you are not going to read again, and donate them to your library or sell them to a used book store. Use the money you make to buy new books you want

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