o you’ve made a pledge to get organized this year, but don’t know where to start? We suggest you take a deep breath, embrace your inner minimalist, and focus on these simple tasks to get you there—slowly, but surely.
Facing a messy closet first thing in the morning can add extra time to your A.M. routine and put you into organizational overload. But conquering it may be easier than you think.
Take the time to assess every article of clothing you own by asking yourself: Does it fit properly? Do I have anything to wear with it? Do I even like it? Do I feel great in it or just so-so? Keep the clothes that fit and that you feel good in and donate the rest. Do the same with your shoes and accessories. Once you’ve decided what to keep, hang your clothes by categories (pants, skirts, dresses, shirts, etc.). Then organize each group by color. It’ll make everything easier to find.
Now that you’ve decluttered your closet, aim to keep it that way. Try to avoid fast-fashion stores, which usually result in frequent and impulsive purchases. Instead, spend your money on one or two quality items each season without going over budget.
It’s a chore to keep up with clutter, but here’s how you can make it a daily habit: Set a timer and dedicate just 10 minutes a day to tidying up your home. This isn’t meant to be a big cleaning extravaganza. Simply focus on one room or area. Then, work up to the optimal time you want to spend on daily decluttering.
Within the first week or two, you might complete an entire room. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of stuff you have, you could complete the entire house within a few months. Once you do, maintaining this should be easy now that your home is streamlined and organized.
We mean paperless and wireless. You may have already embraced the convenience of online billing. It’s freeing, isn’t it? Now, take it to the next level and do away with as much paper clutter as possible by unsubscribing from catalogs or magazine that you don’t need—there are even websites to help you avoid receiving junk mail so it can’t accumulate in the first place.
Bluetooth technology is a wireless wonder, and one of the most useful and versatile innovations of this century. And with a Bluetooth headset, there aren’t any wires to get you all wired up. Whether you’re a music listener, television watcher, or workout warrior, a great way to streamline those experiences is with an accessory like LG’s TONE Active Wireless Headset. With Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology™, music and calls come in crystal clear. Plus, these hands-free headsets were designed with active people in mind. They’re stylish and sweat-resistant and have tangle-free retractable earbuds that stay tucked away until you need them. Neat and tidy—just the way you want things.
The two minutes it takes to make your bed in the morning is definitely worth your time. Making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment and that positive feeling can help set the tone for the rest of the day. A tidy bed also makes the whole room look better instantly, and a well-made bed is welcoming when it’s time to call it a day. Sweet dreams!
Let’s face it: our lives have become digital, our friends mostly virtual, and everything we want is only a click away. We pay so much more attention to our little screens that we often miss the bigger picture that’s happening around us. Although it’s not realistic to go cold turkey on tech—doing less of it more often could help you log in to life instead.
Experiment with this idea by dedicating a day or two to a digital detox, which can help you to reprioritize your life and get you back in tune with your own rhythm. Try taking a break from social media and be a “real-life” social butterfly instead. While you’re at it, adopt the Zen habit of being present—really focusing on people or an experience and being in the “now.” Use your screen-free time to do things you enjoy or new things you want to try. Give it a go—get off the grid and enjoy your new perspective!
A few steps in the right direction may motivate you to streamline even more. Have a tip or trick that helps you stay organized? Share it in the comments below.
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