All partied out after the holidays? Us too. With the new year, instead of focusing our efforts on getting cocktails with friends, we’re tucking in and finally getting our act together around the house. All the clutter-filled areas we’ve been neglecting are finally getting the attention they need, and the result is a streamlined home that’s as organized as it is beautiful. Wondering where to begin your re-org? Buckling down on these seven spaces will make the biggest impact on your day-to-day living.
1. The Spice Cabinet
Consolidate, replenish, label, repeat. This is one area that tends to get totally discombobulated, but actually doesn’t take much time to tidy up. Plus, an organized spice situation will encourage a lot more cooking in the new year.
2. Your Closet
Easier said than done, we know, but a cleared out closet equals a clear state-of-mind, and most importantly, a happier outfit-making experience every day. Want to keep your closet under control once and for all? We live by these three rules.
3. Your Kitchen Appliances
That pasta roller Kitchenaid attachment you got for your wedding five years ago and have used all of zero times? Yeah. It’s time to part ways with bulky kitchen appliances that take up lots of space and get no use. Gift them to a friend you know will appreciate them, then organize the keepers somewhere they’ll be easily accessible.
4. All Your Handbags
It’s time to face the gum wrappers, crumpled up receipts, lipsticks, hair ties and matchbooks weighing down your purses. Set aside 45 minutes and get. it. done.
5. The Junk Drawer
If we have to hear you ask where the scissors are one more time… Every kitchen is allowed one, but an optimized junk drawer is so much better than a messy one. Get this space in order for an easier time finding all those things you need in a pinch, whatever they may be.
6. Your Fridge
This one needs to explanation. We all have those condiments, fresh produce, and freezer items that have made it long past their prime. Toss it all into compost, recycle the packaging, then give the refrigerator a good wipe down before restocking.
7. Your Linen Storage
Do you have extra bedding, towels and linens smushed in a drawer somewhere? Now’s a great time to donate those that don’t ever get used, organize the ones you have left, and — best of all — create space for some new purchases.