7 Tips for How to Get Organized in the New Year

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I look at January as a time to organize and kick off the new year clutter-free. I purge, create new files, plan my family calendar and get a rush from doing all this! If you're looking for the answer to the "How to Get Organized?" question, here are some things I've learned over the years.

1. Start Small, Stay Simple

Don't try to organize your life all within a week. Start by implementing organization with something small (like your email) then tackle your desk and so on. Keep organizing systems simple and easy to use, and don't waste money on all the products designed for organization. Instead, go the DIY route with these 10 common tools recommended by Houzz.

2. Do, File, Trash

Every piece of paper that comes across my desk at home or work gets labeled as "do," "file" or "trash." For every item with "do" I make sure the take action on by the end of every week. I file whatever I can immediately and shred everything else. At the end of every week, all three collections should be empty.

3. Go Digital

Cut down on paper waste and go digital with everything you can. The NeatDesk desktop scanner scans and files receipts, business cards and documents while the software organizes key information to store on your computer. Avoid clipping paper coupons and use the mobile app Coupon Sherpa and Val-Pak instead. Create a shopping list on your smartphone and even share that list with a spouse who can add to it on the fly.

4. Zero Out Your Inbox

I never let my email inbox go over 10 items and every week I try to get down to zero messages in my inbox. Ever email gets categorized into folders, and if I'm not interested in something anymore I immediately unsubscribe. Whatever remains in my inbox needs some sort of action, making it easier to prioritize my tasks.

5. Develop a Family Calendar

Start using a web-based calendar system like iCal or Google Calendar. Set up each family member with their own calendar and color system so that you have a global view of what your family is up to each week. You can also use your calendar to schedule recurring tasks on specific days so that you don't forget something important!

6. Archive Old Documents

Documents like tax returns and important receipts can find a new home in your basement or storage unit. Take the time at the beginning of the year to archive any old items and start new files for the new year. Take this a step further and store away seasonal clothes to avoid clutter in your closet.

7. Create and Stick to Routines

Keeping a routine helps keep your life organized and stay on top of things. Pick a day to go grocery shopping, get into a cleaning routine, and determine the right time to hit the gym. Stick with your routine and you'll find life gets a little less chaotic and more predictable.


Maisie Knowles is a working mother of two with three-year's experience writing on parenting issues and business ownership. She co-founded Kinoli Inc. with her husband in 2005 and divides her time between managing the company and taking care of her two young girls. 

I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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