January is almost over, and we’re almost four weeks past the time where people make their annual resolutions. If you made one (or some) for 2017, perhaps it’s the typical ‘eating better’ or ‘losing weight’ style of resolution, but if you’re reading this, you likely value the importance of organization in your home or office, or are needing the inspiration to keep on top of your clutter…in which case, you likely pledged to keep a tidier home to increase the peace in your life!

But for many folks, the desire to stick to those resolutions eventually starts to flag-a little more than half of people who make resolutions keep their through the first month. Like resolutions, keeping organized requires practice and commitment to the cause, which is why we decided to share these quick tips.

If you start to find yourself flagging against your loftier organizational goals, now’s the time to reassess & renew to follow through on making your life more tidy. Just three small steps can kick start that organizational resolution for 2017 & keep you on track for some great new habits!

Start small. Unclutter your life one drawer, one shelf, one space at a time. Empty the contents and then put back only those things you love and/or use.

Commit to your goal with a plan. You don’t have to put your life on hold to get organized. Just five minutes a day adds up to two hours and 20 minutes a month. You can accomplish quite a lot in two hours and 20 minutes! Or make an organizing appointment with yourself for one or more uncluttering sessions each week. Write these appointments in your calendar and honor them – just as you would any other appointment.

Be prepared to change some habits. As you unclutter and organize, think about the habits that have created disarray in your life – and what you can do differently to help maintain order. For example, if you have a lot of “stuff” that you are not using, try not to buy anything new for a month. If you tend to throw your coat when you come in the door, consciously retrain yourself to hang it up. Be patient with yourself. It takes a few weeks to establish new habits. Remember this: it’s a lot easier to keep up than to catch up.

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