Was getting organized one of your New Year’s resolutions, yet we’re already a month in and you’ve barely organized a thing?
THAT IS TOTALLY FINE. Let’s be honest: January always has a bit of December attached to it. If we’re being realistic here, February is the best time to turn over a new leaf…but still very, very slowly.
The fact is that if you are going to organize your home, you’ve got to start small. We’re talking about projects that take you no more than 15 minutes but will make a huge difference in your daily life.
This month, we’ll be offering mini projects for you to tackle each week, every day. Don’t feel obligated to follow the exact order…there are no rules here! Just do what works for you and finish off each project with a gold star, whether that’s a glass of champagne, your favorite candy, or a binge-watch session of your favorite show.
Let’s get started…
Day 1: Check Expiration Dates
No need to take everything out. Just grab a trash bag and start checking dates. Keep track of the expired items that should be replaced or never bought again. If you have bulk items in canisters, make sure to write the expiration date on the back, either with a label maker or a washable chalk marker, because no one likes a stale pasta night.
Day 2: Tackle a Drawer
Not two. Just one. We always say, “If you can manage a drawer, you can do so much more.” And it’s so true! Drawers are a manageable project that will give you a bite-sized win without feeling overwhelmed.
Use individual inserts in various sizes to contain your categories, testing multiple configurations to come up with the smartest solution for the space.
Day 3: Master the File Fold
File folding is so calming—it’s basically a cheap form of therapy. This technique turns stacks of clothing or linens upright so you can quickly identify what you have, and helps maximize drawer space when you really need it.
Step 1: Lay the shirt flat in front of you, with the front of the shirt facing down.
Step 2: Fold in the right sleeve
Step 3: Fold both sleeves to the middle of the shirt. Fold the sides of the shirt slightly, it should never go past where the hem (aka the neckline stitching) begins on either side
Step 4: Fold the shirt in half from the bottom hem
You’re done! The trick to knowing whether you folded it correctly is if the shirt stands up by itself with the folded side up. If your shirts need a little extra support, feel free to add some expandable dividers into your drawer.
Day 4: Edit Your Inbox
Start by purging anything you no longer need and unsubscribing to any newsletter or promotional content that is clogging up your inbox. Then set up folders for your general categories (Work, Family, Travel, Etc.) and use filters so emails go straight to the inbox they belong in. From there, you can also prioritize these emails into categories that signal action such as Reply or Waiting For Reply so you don’t miss anything.
Day 5: Try a Turntable
If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that we *love* a turntable. They work practically anywhere in the home and can be the perfect solution for even the trickiest of spaces! Think about something that is giving you trouble. Maybe it’s the fact that you can never access the cooking oils properly in your pantry. Maybe it’s that awkward corner in your bathroom cabinet where things get lost in the mix. Try a turntable and see what happens!
Day 6: Tame Your Cords
Every device seems to come with extra cables, adapters, and accessories. Chances are, you probably don’t need all of them, BUT IF YOU DO…wrap a cord tie around each individual cord, add a label to identify what they go, and store them in a designated drawer or bin.
Day 7: Swap Your Hangers
Wire and plastic hangers are the worst. Sorry if that offends anybody, but it’s true. If you’re looking for the easiest way to update your closet and maximize hanging room, invest in matching velvet or wooden hangers.
Stay tuned for next week’s projects! Happy organizing!
xo, clea + joanna