By Courtney Ortega, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When you’ve finally put away the last box of ornaments and your home’s order has been restored, it’s time to sit back and enjoy a job well done.
But don’t get too comfortable yet. With the right mindset and initiative, your home’s post-Christmas cleanliness can become a year-round thing.
“Being organized is not an endgame. It’s a daily habit that has to be cultivated,” says Melinda Massie of Organizing with a Side of Fabulous.
Her formula for success?
Setting aside a small amount of time each day to “reset” your home by putting everything back in its place.
Making cleaning a daily ritual prevents clutter from snowballing and, eventually, becoming an overwhelming problem.
To make the most of the time you devote to the process, Massie also recommends purchasing a timer and setting it for an allotted period each day.
Not only is the timer great for increasing motivation to get the task at hand done, it can help get the whole family involved, she says. For kids, in particular, it’s a terrific tool for turning the concept of cleaning into a game.
Ashley Easley of MasterPeace Solutions says the start of the new year is also a good opportunity to review and schedule those “one of these days” household projects that you would like to accomplish in the next 12 months.
She suggests creating a list of everything you want to do.
“Write down the steps and the cost, then prioritize accordingly,” she says. “Put dates on your planner that you will be working on these projects.”
At the end of the day, Massie says, it’s realistic to acknowledge that most homes will never be perfectly clean, organized or project-free.
But if you set attainable goals for your home, then maintaining a high level of year-round organization and tidiness is not as far-fetched as most people would think.
“It’s just like exercising,” Massie says. “It’s a daily choice you have to make.”