Join Leslie Reichert, the host of Clean Green Talk Radio as she interviews Christine Salberg from Sort & Toss.
Making New Year’s resolutions is common this time of year and they often revolve around self help and self improvement. Why not adapt those new year’s resolutions to your home? Think of the peace of mind you would achieve by having an organized home. Do you have areas in your home that continually frustrate you? Do you keep looking for things that you have misplaced? With this 12 step month by month organizer you can implement systems in all the rooms and zones in your home. A project this size can be overwhelming but breaking it up into 12 steps makes it more manageable. Start with the area that bothers you the most. Is it your master bedroom closet? Pantry? Kids’ playroom? Tackle that first and it will energize and encourage you. For instance, the area that needs the largest overhaul in my house is my scrapbook room. Here is a month to month schedule of what I will be organizing in my home. This can be modified to suit your needs.
Here is Christine’s plan for the year.
12 Months of Organizing Your Home
Making New Year’s resolutions is common this time of year and they often revolve
around self help and self improvement. Why not adapt those new year’s resolutions
to your home? Think of the peace of mind you would achieve by having an
organized home. Do you have areas in your home that continually frustrate you?
Do you keep looking for things that you have misplaced? With this 12 step month
by month organizer you can implement systems in all the rooms and zones in your
home. A project this size can be overwhelming but breaking it up into 12 steps
makes it more manageable.
Hobbies and crafts
Go through all your supplies and discard markers, glues and paints that have dried
up. Organize your supplies by usage such as kids’ crafts, card making or
Start with your pantry and throw out stale food and spices. Clean out your fridge of
old condiments. Set up a baking section (all the items you need to bake), tea/coffee
section (all items to serve tea and coffee) and a school snack station (kids can help
make their lunches in the morning). Place breakfast items together , pasta and rice
in one area as well as soups and crackers in another. Place smaller items in labelled
baskets. Place children’s dishes and cups in an easy to reach location so kids can
help set the table and unload the dishwasher.
Go through all your clothes and donate or discard anything that you haven’t worn
in a year. If it doesn’t fit or make you feel fabulous today , you will never wear it.
Organize your clothes by use (work, lounging, evening, workout) . Place all the
clothes you keep on hangers facing out. Once you wear an item put it back in the
closet with the hanger facing in. Whatever is still facing out next January should be
Office and Filing
As you prepare your taxes, organize and review your filing system. Files can be
color coded for home, health, kids, travel, work, car, bills. Shred papers you no
longer need and scan those that you do. Go paperless wherever possible. Have a
pending file with all paperwork of events/activities to come (tickets to concerts,
invitations to school events, forms to fill out). Make a budget of expenses for the
next year. Update all office supplies and have extra printer ink, paper and school
supplies on hand. More on document organization http://www.sortandtoss.com/
Organize all your emails and files in folders and delete old documents that are no
longer relevant. Unsubscribe to unwanted emails and delete unnecessary emails.
Update your address book and make sure everything is backed up to a hard drive.
Garage and Storage
My garage is the catch all at my house. If I have no room for it or don’t know what
to do with it I put in my garage (out of sight, out of mind ). Go through the garage
and sort items into categories; sports, car maintenance, home maintenance,
gardening, seasonal, recycling. Sweep and clean the floor from all the winter
debris. Make sure you have plenty of shelving, tubs and hooks (perfect for hanging
A great way to keep your living area organized is to have storage for blankets,
games, books and movies. Coffee tables with drawers, ottomans, bins, baskets and
storage cubes work well and can be decorative.
The end of the summer is a great time to organize children’s rooms and playrooms.
Get ready for back to school by disposing of clothes that are too small and buying
new school clothes. The closets should have low hooks, see through bins and a low
rail so that children can put things away. Organize toys and donate old ones while
making a wish list for Christmas and birthdays. Update homework stations with
school supplies and proper lighting.
Photos and Mementos
Organize and label photos on computer. Delete doubles or blurry ones and print
favorites. Place in frames throughout the house for enjoyment. Mail pictures to
grandparents and make copies for Christmas cards. Sort printed pictures in archival
quality photo boxes by date. Make simple albums or elaborate scrapbooks if time
permits. Sort school work from previous year and keep some mementos while
scanning and photographing others.
Bathrooms, Laundry Room, Linen Closets
Go through all bathrooms and discard old medications, cosmetics, lotions and
perfumes. Have a cosmetics and hair caddy to use in bedrooms if bathroom time
and space is limited. Discard worn linens, iron tablecloths and store on padded
Dining Room/Holiday Planning
Take your large serving platters out of storage. Assess what you need to entertain
this year. Polish silverware. Make a plan for the holidays as far as entertaining, gift
purchasing, baking, budget etc.
Christmas Preparation and Enjoy Organized Home
Prepare for Christmas by writing cards, baking, shopping , wrapping and planning
holiday meals. A more detailed plan to prepare for Christmas can be found at http://
Decorate your organized home and enjoy the fruits of your year long labour.