It’s hard to believe, but 2012 is already full swing. The prospect of having a fresh, new year before us is exciting. If you are feeling weighted down by the disorganization and clutter from 2011, you could benefit from taking a little time to get organized for the new year.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t have to be a 5-hour marathon cleaning spree—unless you want it to be. Much can be accomplished in 30-minute focused time segments. So, pick an area to get started on and set your timer for 30 minutes. Make sure that during this time you are not running from room to room, you want to stay and concentrate on small areas for small periods of time. This will allow you to get as much accomplished in these time spurts as possible.

5 areas you should start with:

  1. Christmas decorations: I know, it’s never as much fun to take them down as it is to put them up, but just the act of clearing out the decorations will make your home seem bigger and more organized. You may want to invest in a few good plastic containers made especially for this purpose for your expensive or fragile ornaments.
  2. Get rid of 2011’s magazines: Instead of keeping full magazines because there’s a recipe or article you want to keep, cut those out and recycle the rest. Make sure these articles aren’t going to just turn into clutter though, add sheet protectors to your cook book binder and put the recipes you would like to try in there.
  3. Organize your closets: Organize your coat closet. If you’re like most people, your winter boots are residing next to stray flip-flops and orphan sandals. Accept the fact that in Pennsylvania we have half a year of chilly weather and put the summer shoes in storage, making room for the winter things. Next head to your clothes closet. Weed out the clothes you won’t need such as miniskirts and tank tops and put those in storage with your summer shoes. Don’t worry there will be a time where you can take them out again.
  4. Set up an organizational system for your clothes: After storing your sun dresses take a look at the items remaining. Gather together all the clothing that needs to be mended in some way. You know, the shirts hanging in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year because they’re missing buttons, or the skirts that have the hems safety-pinned up. Start working your way through the pile when you’re watching TV. Also collect the clothes you don’t wear at all and donate those to charity.
  5. Organize your pan cupboards: Most likely over the holidays you did some cooking and maybe even had several cooks in your kitchen. Now’s a good time to put everything back in its correct place, or find a correct place if it doesn’t have one.

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