Many people make new year’s resolutions in December and feel optimistic about their chances of keeping them. Unfortunately, that optimism often turns to discouragement by January because they failed to plan for success. People often wish for what they want to change without setting reasonable goals to get there.
Some also frame the change they want to make in terms of punishment for bad behavior. For example, a person with a disorganized house might make a resolution to stop being so messy. It’s much more helpful to frame the desired change in terms of benefits it will bring such as living with less stress because the home is organized.
Setting Specific Goals
Perhaps you have heard of the S.M.A.R.T. method of goal-setting. It stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. As you set organizational goals for 2019, ask yourself if it fits into these five parameters.
This is especially important for a job as big as organizing your household. You will have greater success if you break it down into smaller tasks with set goals. For example, you might choose to start by organizing all of the cooking equipment in the kitchen and then move onto all of the grooming products in the bathroom. Here are some specific strategies that can make home organization easier in the new year:
- Schedule up to 30 minutes a day to devote to the organization project: Spending an entire day cleaning and organizing can get exhausting and it may even be impossible to do with your schedule. You’re also more likely to procrastinate. However, 30 minutes daily is manageable and it will leave you feeling positive each day because you’re making progress.
- Donate one item for every new item you bring into the home: The holiday season has undoubtedly left you with many new things. To make room for them, consider items that you no longer need and donate them to friends, family, or charity if they are still in reasonable condition. Attempt to recycle any item that you cannot fix or throw it away as a last resort.
- Involve everyone in the home in the organization project: You will quickly feel overwhelmed and resentful if you try to do everything yourself. Enlisting the help of anyone who is old enough to contribute will make it feel like a team project with everyone reaping the rewards of an organized home.
Consider Self-Storage for Better Home Organization
Sometimes you simply don’t have enough space to store everything you need and keep your home as neat as you would like. The good news is that Big Tex Storage can help. We offer storage units ranging from 5X5 to 5X25, vehicles storage, and several other options. Contact us today to learn more.