As you were setting out this year's Christmas decorations, did you have to make room in closets and shelves for the home decor that is usually displayed in your home? While you did that task, did you come to the realization that your closets and shelves are in a state of disarray? If so, right after you put away your holiday decorations would be the perfect time to get your house organized. Here are some ideas that might help your organization project go smoothly.
Have A Family Meeting - Let everybody in your household know that right after the holidays are over you will all be organizing your house together. It may be helpful to put up a chart on a poster board or chalk board where you match jobs to individuals. If you think your kids will work better with a partner, designate who those partners will be. A good plan is to pair an older person with one of the little kids.
Removing Christmas Things - As you remove Christmas decor from the different rooms of your home, put them right into sturdy transparent storage boxes. Buy boxes with red lids on them so they'll be easy to identify next year. Now that all of the Christmas items are put away, this will be a good time to dust and polish your wooden furniture pieces.
Personal Belongings - Establish centers where each member of the family can put personal items that will go to charity or that will later be sold at a yard sale. It will also be very helpful to give everybody a plastic bag for trash. Establish the old rule that there is a place for everything and everything should be in its place. For example, if your son has a collection of toy cars, those should be kept in a special storage container so they won't get lost or damaged, and to provide a more orderly look to his room.
Rent Storage Space - As you are organizing your house, you may come to the realzation that you simply don't have enough space to hold all of your stuff. If that's the case, a really good idea would be to rent a storage space where you can access your belongings any time you want to. Off-season sports equipment, camping gear, fishing poles and all of your holiday decorations are just examples of things that you can store. When the time comes to go camping, or when you need your Easter decorations, it will be easy to get them out. Self storage like All American Self Storage is affordable and very safe. Not only are the individual units climate-controlled, but there is constant surveillance on the property.
Set one day of the month for each of you to evaluate what needs to be done to maintain an orderly house.