5 Quick Ways to Get Organized in the New Year

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Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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… ;)
  5. 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.

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18 thoughts on “5 Quick Ways to Get Organized in the New Year

  1. Great post! I already keep the calendar and a folder for my taxes. However, I never thought about pre-planning weekend activities for the kids for the year. This is a great idea! I don’t know if I will plan a year in advance, but I can start with three months at a time. In 2012 I had grand plans of all these house projects I would complete. I made way too many plans and didn’t get most of them done. You are definitely right about starting small. I plan to give it a try again this year, but with just one project per month. Thanks again for the great tips!

    • Thanks! I’m a list maker so I love to move my ideas from my head to paper. I get the activity ideas from the kids and my husband and I come up with the household projects. Let’s see how we do this year!
      Thanks for your comment. :)

  2. Great idea to pre-plan your weekends! I find that Friday creeps up on us and without a yearly plan, we get to the end of the year having just attended a bunch of birthdays and sitting through a ton of kids sporting events. Coupled with the list of home projects, it helps ensure a good balance of family time and home projects.

  3. The HomeZada team is getting all these things in order. Lots on the plate and trying to get as much organized as possible in January. Especially love getting our house projects and our travel organized.

  4. I made my list of household projects for the year already. It makes things so much easier because I know ahead of time what I need to work on and when. Great tip!

      • Yes! When you put it all down in writing, you realize that there’s always something to do! But at least you feel empowered to be organized. :-)

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