Many have a vague goal of “getting more organized” as one of their new year’s resolutions – but they don’t know how to get going. The beginning of the year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and there are specific things you can do to clear the clutter of 2016 and welcome in 2017 with a clean new outlook. Here are 5 simple ways to jump start your January a little more organized.
1. Out with the old, in with the new
Now that the gifts are open and ready to be enjoyed – it’s time to get rid of the old versions. Did you receive a fluffy new bathrobe? Don’t hang it next to your three dingy bathrobes you already own, donate the old ones. This is a great activity to do throughout your home as you start to put all the new gifts away. As your finding a shelf for the kids’ new toys, it’s the perfect time to gather up the things they don’t play with anymore.
2. Update your address book
If you received Christmas cards this year from friends and family, you can use the return addresses to update your address book. Start your year off with all the correct addresses so you’re not scrambling when it’s time to send a birthday card, thank you card, or gift. Already threw away all your Christmas card envelopes? No worries, use the convenient address book feature from Postable.com . They create a custom link that you send to your contacts, and your friends and loved ones click on the link to enter their own information. It’s super easy and secure.
3. Clean out the file cabinet
It’s easy for your filing cabinet to become overstuffed with old documents, and now is the perfect time for a big purge. Throw away anything that you no longer need. For important tax or financial paperwork that you may need to reference later, box it up and label it for permanent storage in the garage or a closet. Only keep the current year’s paperwork on file, and remember to create new labels and files for anything that doesn’t have a home.
4. Clean up and back up computer files
Unfortunately, our computers can become just as cluttered as our homes. Take some time to go through your hard drive and delete anything you no longer need. This is also a great opportunity to back up your important files. You can do this using an external hard drive, a flash drive, or cloud storage. This will ensure if your computer crashes you won’t lose all your important work files or precious photos.
5. Tidy up the fridge and pantry
You’ve probably spent the last month collecting treats from neighbors and bringing home leftovers from family gatherings. It’s time to clean out the pantry and fridge. This is an especially great idea if eating healthier is on your list of new year’s resolutions. Get rid of the old treats and expired food and start fresh.