HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :)
Now that we are officially into the new year, I thought I’d post a few tips to jumpstart your organizing goals.
- Since 2013 is behind us, it’s a good time to start gathering the documentation you’ll need to file your taxes. (I know, big fun…) Grab a folder to put all the year-end forms you’ll soon start receiving. Take an hour or so to start organizing receipts and any other papers you’ll need to file. Getting those documents organized now will allow you to file earlier and move on to the other organizing goals you may have. Our taxes are usually filed on February 1st and every year it amazes me when I hear people still talking about taxes into the spring!
- Start putting a set amount into your savings account each month. Figure out how much you want to save and have that amount automatically deposited so you never miss it. This will ensure that you will have CASH to spend on your next vacation or to purchase Christmas gifts. If you don’t plan on spending the money, just leave it in your savings account and you’ll have a nice little nest egg to start off the next year and for any emergencies that may come up.
- Plan activities for your life and family now to avoid the “What do you want to do this weekend?” question. Just by taking a few minutes to jot down on your calendar activities you would like to do will allow you to have some scheduled fun this year. Just select 2 activities per month so you can be flexible if something else comes up on your selected day. My friends always laugh when I tell them that we have activities already scheduled out for the year, but for us, it’s one less thing to think about and gives us something to look forward to. I find that if we don’t plan anything, we don’t do anything.
- Here’s a little tip that my family is implementing this year: We are going to list 12 monthly household projects that we would like to get done this year and add them to our calendar. The projects could be something as small as organizing under the kitchen cabinets to as large as landscaping the front yard. By putting these items on our calendar, it gives us a blueprint and schedule to get these tasks done. I’m sure you can probably find more than 12 projects to complete, but let’s start small to stay motivated… ;)
- If you’re not already, I highly recommend using some sort of calendar to organize your time. By using the calendar on your phone, a pocket calendar or a wall/desk calendar at home, you will begin to feel more on top of your schedule because you will know where you are supposed to be at any given time. Using a calendar can also remind you of things you need to do. For example, if you notice you have a birthday party this weekend, that means you need to purchase a gift. You can actually purchase and wrap the gift days ahead instead of running to the store to purchase a gift card on the way to the party. (I know, we are all guilty!) By the way, if you’re going to use the calendar on your phone, don’t forget to set reminders!
So these tips are designed to help you get it together this year so you can feel more in control of your day-to-day life. At the end of the year, you will be able to look back and see how much you’ve saved, all the activities you’ve done and all the home projects you’ve completed. You’ll also feel more on top of your schedule and ready to take on the world! :)
Let us know in the comments what changes you plan on making this year and what steps you’re taking to commit to your goal.