Have you always wanted to get organized but didn’t know where to start?  Don’t fret!  Follow my room-by-room, step-by-step guide to help you start the process.
Are you ready?  Let’s get started…

FOYER/MUDROOM – purge all of your unworn, outgrown coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, boots, and sneakers.  The less clutter in this area, the quicker you will be able to get out of the house on time!  Categorize, containerize, & organize what is left in labeled bins or baskets.

DINING ROOM – clear this room of all clutter so that when you host a ‘family get-together,’all you will have to do is set the table!  Only have items in your china cabinet or buffet that pertain to this room such as china, stemware, tablecloths, etc.

KITCHEN –  purge your kitchen cabinets of any unused glasses, dishes, or platters.  Discard all chipped or cracked housewares as well!  Keep your pantry tidy by categorizing like items together in baskets.  Use ‘lazy Susan’s’ or tiered shelves to keep items organized.

FAMILY ROOM/PLAY ROOM – start by recycling all magazines, newspapers, and the like.  Donate any unused picture frames or books, as well as, any toys that are no longer relevant.  Invest in a lidded basket or toy box.  Keep bookshelves streamlined!

BEDROOM – only keep the clothes that you have worn within the last 6 months to a year.  Donate everything else including those clothes that no longer fit.  This goes for your shoes, scarves, costume jewelry, & pocketbooks as well!

BATHROOM – a great way to keep this room clutter free is to stop buying multiples of products.  Once again, categorize & containerize like items in baskets or bins.  Discard any expired products or medications as well.

LINEN CLOSET – a great ‘rule-of-thumb’ is to only have two sets of sheets per bed & to store each set in the pillowcase.  This prevents having to ‘match up’ the pillowcase with the set when making the bed.  Also, donate any tattered towels to your local animal shelter.

BASEMENT – whether your basement is finished or not, having it organized is key.  Use lidded, rubber containers to ‘house’ all of your seasonal items and remember to label them.  Hang wreaths on hooks & use plastic dry cleaner bags to keep the dust off.

Commit to spending one hour, one day a week tackling each room.  I guarantee that by getting organized you will experience less stress and a more peaceful 2014. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!