"You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems." That James Clear quote perfectly summarizes New Year's resolutions — you won’t reach the goals you set if you don’t have systems in place to get there. And when it comes to home organization, just wanting a tidy, organized space isn’t enough...
If you want to organize your home in 2023, you’ll need a plan (and follow-through!). By implementing organization into your daily routine in simple ways, you can make real progress toward your goals. Here are 8 New Year's resolutions to get your home organized:
Declutter Your Home
If you have young kids in your household, you might be overwhelmed by the number of new toys and clothes they received during the holidays. Before all the new goodies add to the chaos, take some time to declutter your home.
There are probably plenty of toys around that your kids no longer play with. Set up a donation box and involve your family in the decluttering project. You might try Marie Kondo's method
of decluttering and ask yourself, "Does this item spark joy?"
Follow the "One In/One Out" Rule
Once you've minimized the clutter, it's important to maintain the organization. Start the New Year by committing to the “One In/One Out” rule
. This means that you will donate or discard an item from your home every time a new one comes in.
Hang up Clothes as Soon as They Come Off
Do you have that one chair or spot on the floor where clothes seem to just pile up? Maybe they're lightly worn items that are too clean to wash but not quite presentable enough to put back in the closet. Don't let those items of clothing linger! Hang up clothes as soon as you take them off or invest in a laundry basket that's just for these gently worn items.
Stick to Zones
Each room in your home was designed with a purpose in mind, and you can create intention and clarity in your space by sticking to the original concept. Science books on the dining table, a laptop on the kitchen counter, and art supplies on the staircase... If this sounds like your home, it’s time to create distinct zones in each room.
Designate an area for books, a spot for electronics, a cabinet for cleaning supplies, and so on. This makes it easier to find items when you need them and easier to put them away when you're done.
Establish a Cleaning Routine
Do you feel like weekends are spent tackling a mess that's built up all week? Make your New Year's resolution to establish a cleaning routine.
You don't have to devote hours each day to cleaning your home, but some daily tasks like making the bed and washing dishes can help keep things tidy throughout the week.
Set a timer for 10 minutes a few times per day and focus only on tidying up. You can also assign daily tasks on specific days of the week, so you'll know exactly when to deep clean the bathroom or vacuum the living room. The Lazy Mom's Guide to Cleaning the House
can help you create a simple cleaning routine that works for your family.
Utilize a "Clutter Basket"
At the end of the day, it might seem like you're picking up after everyone else in the house. Make it easier on yourself by designating a “clutter basket." Any item left out by a family member should go into the basket, and at the end of the day (or week), whoever put it there can take a few minutes to put it back in its original spot. This minimizes clutter on your surfaces — but doesn't make you the household maid.
Create a Home Maintenance Plan
Keeping your home clean is just one part of taking care of it. Home maintenance is essential, too. To make sure your home stays in great condition throughout the winter, your New Year’s resolutions to get your home organized should include a home maintenance plan.
Prepare your home for winter by:
- Changing air filters so you can breathe clean air and improve the efficiency of your heating system
- Cleaning the gutters so rainwater flows freely away from your house
- Checking smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure safe living conditions
To stay on top of winter home maintenance, add these items
to your calendar.
Other home maintenance tasks may require the help of a professional (like an HVAC technician or plumber). They can help you inspect and repair any home systems that may need attention.
Start Fresh with McKee Homes
If you're looking for an easier way to organize your home this year, consider a brand-new, energy-efficient McKee Home
. Instead of dealing with the hassle and time of maintenance, repairs and clutter – start fresh with a home that's designed for modern living.
You can personalize your home to fit your lifestyle:
- More bedrooms for family, guests, playrooms or workspaces
- Spacious living rooms and kitchens to gather for family time
- Ample cabinets and roomy closets for all your belongings
Plus, you have the peace of mind that comes with a home warranty on every McKee Home.
With more space, better storage solutions, and all the latest features, you can maintain that New Year's resolution to keep your home organized all year long. Contact
the friendly McKee team and find the perfect home for you and your family to start fresh in 2023.