Top 5 Organizational Tips for the New Year
By AJ Beson
Managing a big family can be a challenge. Things tend to get especially chaotic right around the holidays. It’s typically that time of year when I notice it is peak season for clutter in the Beson household. After the holidays, I always make sure we take time as a family to declutter. It’s a helpful and healthy strategy to get your New Year’s started off on the right foot. Here are my top suggestions that work well for my own personal family each and every year.
- Create an Action Plan: Who is accountable for what? What are the goals? What’s our deadline. Everyone needs to be accountable for their own space. Kids especially need to take an active role in this process. It teaches them great skills they can employ over a lifetime.
- Incentivize: We have a star system at home. The kids receive stars based on daily, weekly and monthly accomplishments. After they’ve collected a certain number of stars, they receive an award. It’s simple and it works.
- Complete One Big Project: Each year, select a major project and take the time to do it well. Whether it’s installing a shelving system in a child’s closet or rearranging the kitchen cabinets, pick one big task and see it through to completion.
- Get A Little, Give a Little: For every new toy, we ask the kids to donate an old toy or item they are finished with.
- Sort before You Stash: Declutter seasonal décor before you stow. If the wreath’s exceeded its shelf life, it might be a good idea to ditch it.