• Kirstin Adolfson

Start Off the Year Organized

It’s a new year which means it’s the perfect time to start fresh and get organized. Are you tired of having a house full of clutter? Are you done stuffing things in random places to make it look halfway decent? If so, we have got some organizational tips for you that will help you get started. It can seem like an overwhelming task from the start, but these tips will get you well on your way to a home where everything has its place.


Step 1: Clean!

It’s best to start with a clean space. Clean your home like you normally would so you can get started with a clean base. This will prevent a double mess in the future since organizing can get a bit messy sometimes.


Step 2: Step by Step

Next, you will want to choose one area to work with. If you tackle the whole house at once, it will become very overwhelming. Prioritize which area you want to start with and then once this area is done make a decision if you want to move on to the next. Do you want to start with the one that gives you the biggest headache? Or the one that guests see the most? It's all up to you, and remember, any progress is a step in the right direction!


Step 3: Allow for plenty of time

Patience is key. Organization doesn't happen overnight. Depending on the space, it could take 3 hours or 3 days. Plan out how much time you expect it to take and make sure to set aside a couple or hours or a couple hours a day to complete your task.


Step 4: Bye Bye Clutter

It’s finally time to organize! First, take all of the clutter out and set it in front of you. Next, you will want to decide what stays and what goes. It can be tough to let go of things, but think about how hard it is to find things or how long it’s been since you have even seen some of these things. If you haven't used something in a while or forgot that you even had it, it might be best to get rid of it. Use signs like these as indicators on what should stay and what would go.



Step 5: Mindful placement

After you have decided what you are keeping, it’s time to find the right place for these items. If it’s an item you use everyday, find a place that is easy to access. If it's an item you use less often, it’s okay to store it on a higher shelf or towards the back of the closet. Placement will save you a lot of headache in the future because you will easily be able to access the things you use everyday and easily put them back.


Step 5: Where to put items you want to get rid of

There are many ways to get rid of things. If the things you are getting rid of can be donated, donate them at your local thrift store. If you have items that you want to sell,

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you can download selling apps or sell them on social media. If they are items like old food or torn up clothing, it’s probably best to dispose of it the proper way.


Do you need help organizing? Need advice on the best organizers to use? Well, I can help you get there. Call Adolfson Interior Design at (651) 468-6208 or email kirstin.h@comcast.net.

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