January is Get Organized Month! Try Our 6 Top Steps to Get Started

It’s a new year, and a new chance to get organized. According to our research, 64% of women say they are either stressed or frustrated by disorganization. We say: It’s time for some peace and serenity.

Make 2011 the year that you commit to organizing.

Take a look around your home and office. Which views make you feel happy and which make you feel discouraged, overwhelmed or stressed out?

Take a deep breath and resolve to work on the disorganization or clutter that’s bringing you down.

Start small.

You’re busy, so reorganizing can often seem overwhelming. Commit to small parts first. For example, organize your kitchen drawers first then phase in bigger steps to get to a whole-room overhaul.

Triage.

Which messy areas are causing obstacles in your life right now? Maybe it’s the growing pile of mail on the kitchen table, the boxes of shoes cluttering the closet, or the jumble of toys you trip on each day. Pick the area in most urgent need of reorganization and get to it, stat.

Organize in bursts.

You don’t need to spend hours every day organizing your home or office. But it helps to do at least five minutes per day. Put on your favorite song and declutter while it plays. You’ll have fun and feel a sense of accomplishment each day.

Get help.

You’re not picking up after everyone else in your family, right? Right? Everyone in the family should be lending a hand to put everything in its place. Rally the troops for bigger organizational projects (make it a little more fun with music, snacks and scheduled breaks) and then get everyone to commit to putting their things away.

Take the pressure off.

Reorganization takes time, so be patient with yourself. As you develop better systems and habits, you’ll start to relieve the feelings of stress and frustration. Don’t add more stress by expecting perfection over night!