As boomers near retirement, it’s a fact that many will seek out a change in housing. According to a 2014 study from the Demand Institute, 37% of boomers plan to move, while 63% plan to stay in their current home. Finances may be part of the reason for the move, as some boomers want to reduce their overall housing expense, and pay off their mortgage. Other boomers want a home that better fits their lifestyle, perhaps offering single level living, or less maintenance. Still others want a larger dream home to accommodate their kids and grandkids. Moving is an important decision that requires careful consideration.
You can increase your chances for staying organized this year. Make organizing a habit. Start small and build from there. Cultivating a good habit of staying organized reaps many rewards. You eliminate wasted time looking for things. You save money by not buying more of what you already have. You replace chaos with calm.
Here are four ways you can make organizing a habit this year.
Look at problem areas
Assess your home to discover where the clutter accumulates. For some people clutter may pile up in an entryway, home office, closet or kitchen. Problem areas are the best way to see what bad habits you have developed.
After the holidays most of us have a lot of new things to make room for — there are new clothes, new photos, new knickknacks and new holiday décor. Many of the things you receive may be cherished. But if you don’t like what you received, resist the urge to store it in a closet or in the basement. Give the unwanted gift to someone who will appreciate it or donate it to an organization. As you begin the process of finding a place for new things, promise yourself that for every item you add, you will remove one. This simple rule keeps clutter at bay.
A closet organizing session may not be at the top of your list of gifts to give but ask your special someone this: “Would you appreciate a closet organizing session as a gift from me?” You might be surprised at how easy and meaningful this kind of gift giving can be. The important thing in giving such a gift is that you find out first if the recipient will appreciate it.
I love Thanksgiving –or at least the idea behind it. It’s a day to celebrate and give thanks for our blessings. Asking the question, “What are you grateful for?” is a simple way to discover the core of what is important to you. This is what matters. The rest is probably clutter.
Family, friends and good health are important to most of us. These things cannot be bought.
Having a roof over our head and a warm bed to sleep in is something to be grateful for. And who isn’t grateful for a wonderful meal to share with friends and family?
Chances are your guest room may need some organizing before your guests arrive for the holidays. If you use the space for other purposes during the year, now is the time to spruce it up so your guests feel welcomed and comfortable. Follow the tips below to create a restful and serene environment for your guests this holiday season. Do it now and after your guests leave you will like spending more time in this room yourself.
If you have not filtered out all the items you don’t use anymore, do so now. You still have time to take this important step. The price you pay for packing, transporting and unpacking old stuff is not only in time and money. It will clutter up your new home.
Home environment is one of the key factors affecting a child’s school performance. Kids who do better at school tend to come from quieter, more organized homes with predictable routines. This is true regardless of socio-
economic status. The home is not a passive place for kids. Also, let’s not forget that the child impacts the home. When it comes to a well organized home and school performance, let’s consider clutter, color, calendars and confidence.
Sometimes I am called into situations where clutter is causing conflict between a husband and wife. Perhaps the sports memorabilia is taking over the house; you can’t walk through the garage, or the spare bedroom has become a dumping ground.
Recognize your motivations may be different
While being organized is a common goal for both men and women, I have noticed that the motivation for being organized can be completely different.
In my experience women respond to the visual appeal of an organized space, while men are more interested in the functional benefits of improved organization. Finding the reward for both individuals is key to getting both parties to work together.
It feels great when we clear out clutter and organize a drawer, closet or bathroom. We feel a sense of accomplishment, order and calm. You can use that feeling as an affirmation when organizing your home: “I did it!” An affirmation is simply a positive statement that describes a desired situation. Here are some ideas for using affirmations to get and stay organized.
Choose a time of day to repeat your affirmation. Some people like the morning before their day’s activities begin. Others like to repeat their affirmation in the evening when it is quiet. Or they will pull it up whenever the time seems right. The important thing is to repeat it each day. This way it gets planted in your subconscious mind.