As we head into the new year, many people have the goal to be more organized, but don’t know where to start. Becoming more organized in 2020 will bring many benefits such as knowing where to find things, where to put things back, and not being burdened by clutter in your life. Organization saves you time, energy, and helps you move through your home and day with ease. It’s not about perfection - it’s about being prepared!

We often tend to focus on big areas of our home when it comes to organizing - like garages and closets - which can feel overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. Instead, try starting with organizing yourself first - your time, your energy, and your immediate smaller physical spaces. This will help you see the results you want faster and more easily.

One way you can start small in personal organization is in the kitchen by prepping berries, veggies, and fruit for snacks, having a smoothie station for quick breakfasts, and organizing smaller drawers like your kitchen towels. These small things really make a difference, and will give you the confidence and skills to eventually tackle the larger areas in your home.

Another way to organize your personal space is with purse and car organization. Having these small, immediate areas organized will help bring a sense of calm and preparedness into your daily routine. If you feel overwhelmed by lots of to-dos, you can organize your thoughts and time by using post-it notes for a “brain dump”, setting a timer for each task, or using a weekstart checklist to help prepare you for the week ahead. Starting small is a great way to practice organizing skills, which will eventually have a trickle effect into the rest of your life and home.

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