Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Getting Organized in 2014

Happy New Year's Eve!  

Big plans for tonight?  Per usual, Dan and I have not solidified anything yet.  

I am super excited to ring in the new year.  This is the first time in many, many years that my New Year's Resolution isn't to lose weight.  Not that I couldn't stand to lose a few more lbs, but because I don't need to make a big change for that to happen.  If I continue living the lifestyle I live right now, I know those last few pounds will come off eventually.  

Instead, my NYR is something that I will hopefully benefit from for years to come - to be more organized.  

There are some areas of my life that are extremely organized.  My email is categorized, sub-categorized, and sub-sub-categorized and my inbox never has more than 10 emails in it.  Our budget is exceled beyond imagination.  

However, there are many areas that need life support.  I have decided that instead of making the overall yearly goal of getting my act together, each month I will pick one area in my life to focus on and one new organizational habit to start.

Additionally, I hope that when I organize each new area, I don't just put everything back in its original place, because obviously that system has failed.   I want to think about how I use the space, what I can do to make it easier to use, and easier to keep usable. 

I know that if my life is more organized I will feel less stress and spend less time looking for that roll of tape in one of my many junk drawers or finding the cinnamon in my monster of a pantry.  

Here we go.  


  • Area: junk drawers.  My goal is to consolidate all of our junk areas.  Yesterday I tried to count them and stopped at 10.  
  • Habit: make my bed every morning.  There is something so refreshing about getting into a made bed at night.


  • Area: pantry.  Getting my pantry more usable is going to take a lot of thought and planning.  I am going to start pinning now.
  • Habit: put all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher before bed.  I despise waking up to make coffee and seeing/smelling dinner from the night before.  


  • Area: home office.  This is our "junk room" so it will be a major challenge.  
  • Habit: Start the Roomba before I leave for work everyday.


  • Area: my closet.  This will be a great time to store all of my winter clothes and donate any spring and summer clothes I don't want anymore.
  • Habit: don't leave clothes on the floor.  They either go back in the closet or down the laundry shoot.


  • Area: garage.  Now, I know that my garage is a lost cause due to Dan's picking habits.  However. I want one wall to be organized with stuff we actually use like a hammer, measuring tape, and a screw driver.  
  • Habit:  organize iPhoto at least once per week.  Right now it is once per 4 months and it takes hours!


  • Area: first aide kit.  Summer + Walking Ina = lots of owies
  • Habit: bathe dogs every other week.  


  • Area: kitchen cabinets and drawers.  My goal is to be able to open a cabinet without the risk of something falling on me.
  • Habit: return things that are borrowed in a timely manner.  Right now I still have the maternity clothes I borrowed from people over a year and a half ago!  Yikes!  


  • Area: laundry room.  This room is relatively organized right now, but who knows what 8 months will bring.
  • Habit: start a load of laundry before bed.  This way it won't pile up to the ceiling and I can fit clothes down the laundry shoot.  


  • Area:  work office.  I better not say anything else on that one.  Ha!
  • Habit: log my work hours daily instead of monthly.  


  • Area: bathroom.  In other words, throw away the 20+ razors that Dan keeps in the drawers.
  • Habit: put everything away after I get ready every morning.  


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  • Area: Ina's toys.  This will be right before her birthday and Christmas.  Best to organize and donate before the next wave comes in.  
  • Habit: Start to teach Ina to clean up after she gets done playing.  How early is too early on this one?  She will be 2 by then (crazy to think about!) so I hope she will start to understand the concept.  


  • Area: holiday storage.  Hopefully I can clear out what we don't use anymore without Dan digging everything out of the trash.  
  • Habit: write thank you cards within one week of getting gift.  I still haven't written thank you cards from Ina's birthday.  Shame.

Does anyone want to join me?  Can anyone think of a habit or area that I have obviously missed?

Have fun tonight and be safe!



  1. I love this. It's always a goal of mine to get organized but gets overwhelming. I like your idea of monthly goals! Thanks & happy new year!
    P.S. have you read the blog iheartorganizing.blogspot.com? It is amazing but will def make you feel worse... Lol!

  2. I like your monthly goals & habits, I may try some!

  3. I love this, I'm going to attempt this too. I also need to tackle our basement, but I don't have an office at work so I can do that month instead.


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