Happy 2020! A new year is a great time to work on resolutions and goals. We are just about a month in, so don’t let your home fall short on the list of things to improve! Mid-winter funk might get you down, so here are some things you can do today to get organized and get your home safe and more orderly!
Pack away holiday decorations in a more organized manner
It is always sad saying goodbye to the holidays. We are now back to normal, every day, life. Don’t let it get you down though! Storing them in a smart way will make getting your decorations up and going again in 11 months much more exciting.
Getting storage bins should be your first step, if you do not currently store your items this way. Wrap delicate ornaments in tissue paper, and dispose of any broken items that have been sitting in your containers/boxes the last 2 or 3 years. It is also easy to hold onto decorations even if they haven’t made it out for many years. It is hard, but be honest with yourself and ask if you’ll ACTUALLY use these items within the next few years. If the answer is no, it’s time to start a donate pile. And last tip: for string lights. wrap them around a scrap piece of cardboard to help from tangling. I did this for the first time last year and decorating was much easier this year.
Clean out the pantry
Now that the holidays are over, purging your kitchen should be on the to-do list! Pull out everything from your pantry and give your shelves a good wipe down. When was the last time you dusted off your shelves? Before putting everything back, discard of any expired or stale items. No reason to leave them in there anymore, right?
Take everything out of your fridge and repeat the same process. Clean up any old spills, remove any old left overs or expired items, and put everything back, hopefully more organized than before.
Use this new, clean, space to help keep you inspired for your health and fitness resolutions.
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Nothing is more important than keeping you and your loved ones safe. Use the ‘test’ button on all of your detectors. It is also smart to replace batteries once a year. Simple little task that can save your life.
Before Thanksgiving, I threw everything that didn’t have a “home” in my closet under the stairs. I finally had some free time and started reorganizing. I bought a couple extra storage bins from Home Depot and got to work. While my Tetris stacking skills are pretty good, I realized had been storing things I really didn’t need to since we moved.
It felt good being able to use the closet the way I originally intended it to be (Tools I use inside of the house, extra canned goods, and to store my husband’s whisky collection.
Plan renovation projects for 2020
New Year, New Home? Nothing like a new year to really help you set future goals for your home. With a whole calendar ahead of you, you can organize vacations, time off and other celebrations around your renovation plans without skipping a beat!