This is the year that you are really going to do it! It’s 2019, which means it’s time for a fresh start and you’re going to get organized. The beginning of a new year is often a time people try to take better control of their lives. A lot of us made New Year’s resolutions, and some of us have already broken them. But it doesn’t have to be that way. For 16 years, there’s been an initiative dedicated to staying on top of all aspects of life. It’s called National Get Organized Month. Box&Co is committed to helping our customers organize their living space, so we want to take a look at this annual event.
All About National Get Organized Month
Officially, it’s called “National Get Organized and Be Productive Month”, and it’s the brainchild of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). The tradition dates back to 2003, when NAPO established “Get Organized Week,” which was a community service project program where members of NAPO promoted organizing in their community. Two years later, it was expanded into a month-long program.
It’s dedicated to focusing national attention on how becoming more organized empowers people to “regain control over their time, possessions, inboxes, and surroundings.”
Some Organization Tips from Pros
One problem that’s common to many people who are unorganized is letting go of items they don’t need. Jen Heard, a professional organizer says that being honest about what needs to go is the first step.
“Rule No. 1 is you purge first,” she told the Detroit News. “Otherwise you’re wasting time with things that aren’t going stay. When dealing with clothing, she recommends turning around all the hangers in your closet at the beginning of the year. When you wear something for the first time in 2019, turn the hanger the other way. By December, you’ll know what you’re wearing and what you aren’t.
If you’re attacking that messy room, like a basement, try a shelving system. And consider using technology to get a handle on your loose papers and photos. Don’t keep them, scan them, and you’ll be amazed by how much more space you save.
Another good tip comes from HuffPost which suggests a way to get started if you’re feeling overwhelmed about how to start.
- Take ten minutes a day to fill two trash bags.
- In one bag, you put things that you are going to be thrown out with the trash.
- The other bag will be the “charity bag.” That’s where you’re going to put things that are in good condition but don’t need anymore that you’re going to donate to charity.
- Find clothes that don’t fit, toys the kids have outgrown, and books you’ve finished. If you fill these bags for just 10 minutes a day, you’ll see a noticeable difference in two weeks.
Box&Co Can Help You Organize Your Living Space
January is a wonderful time to organize your living space and Box&Co can be invaluable in accomplishing your goals. If you have items that you don’t have room for but want to keep either permanently or until you can donate them, we’ll deliver containers for you to pack your items. Once you’re done packing, we’ll come back to pick them up. When you need them back, we’ll return them. To learn more, contact us today.