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The New Year is here!

New goals! New opportunities! A new chance at fresh start!

In order to begin to make good on your New Year's resolutions, creating an environment that is orderly and stress free is important. According to the US News article, Why DeCluttering Is Good For Your Health, “...removing unneeded and unwanted things from your home or office, is not a new concept, but its health benefits have become increasingly recognized.”

In order to get your home organized to make good on your promise for a healthier you, you will have to decide what it is you want to keep, what it is you want to give to others, and what it is you want to put out by the curb. While making those decisions can seem overwhelming, these simple tips will help you maximize space, giving you the tools necessary to continuously fight clutter throughout the new year.

KEEP CLOTHING BINS ON HAND

Place three separate bins on your closet floor, labeled Seasonal, Donate and Discard. As you go through your wardrobe, place items in the appropriate bin, utilizing a local self-storage unit to keep your seasonal clothing away until needed. If you are having a hard time deciding between donate and discard, think about whether you plan on wearing an item within the next 4-6 monthsand be realistic. If you can’t envision yourself in it, can you envision someone else? If so, donate. If you can’t, then discard (especially if the item is tattered beyond repair).

SPACE SAVING IDEAS

Racks that hang from the ceiling, wall beds with storage, or bins specifically designed to make your pantry functional, are all simple ways you can maximize space. If closet space is tight, consider color coordinating items placed in baskets or utilizing the back of doors to hang belongings. With so many different ideas to help you get full use out of your closets, there’s really no limit to what you can store and keep organized.

KEEP LARGER ITEMS AWAY

Sports equipment, seasonal decor and tools that are not needed on a regular basis are best kept off site in a storage unit within your neighborhood. Units come in various sizes, with climate control features and 24-7 surveillance to keep your belongings are safe. Best of all, with larger items away, your home will feel more spacious and clear, giving you peace of mind.

BE INTENTIONAL

Albert Einstein once said, “Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

With a willingness to part with some belongings while being mindful to best utilize your space, you are certain to start the new year right. Let’s make 2018 a year when you’re in control of you stuff (and your stuff isn’t in control of you).

Wishing you a prosperous and healthy 2018!

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
—Oprah Winfrey