The holiday season is a time when it’s easy for our organizing efforts to start to unravel. If you’d rather wake up on New Year’s Day with something other than “get organized” at the top of your resolutions list, give these three ideas a try.

1. Re-commit to the daily 15.

Declutter for 15 minutes a day

One of the very best ways I know to get organized and stay organized is to spend 15 minutes a day focusing on keeping your home organized. During busy times like the holidays, that 15 minutes may be spent dealing with surface clutter that crept up throughout the day, as opposed to moving ahead on a bigger project. Make it your goal to spend a little bit of time each day keeping yourself on the comfortable side of surface clutter. Doing so will ease your stress throughout the season and prevent a big clutter backlog to deal with in January. So if you’ve fallen off the 15 minute a day bandwagon (or you never got on it in the first place) now is the perfect time to recommit!

2. Keep some breathing room on your calendar.

If finding fifteen minutes a day to stay organized feels like it will be hard to come by, then you may tend to over-schedule during the holidays. If so, make it a point this year to be intentional about how you spend your time. Keep some breathing room in your calendar (blocks of time where you plan nothing) so you have time to catch your breath and recharge your batteries.

3. Create some breathing room in your home.

Before the holiday season gets into full swing, allocate a few “daily fifteen” sessions to create breathing room. If you have young children, declutter their toys to create space for new items on their way. Clear some space in the kitchen cupboards or pantry for holiday baking items and seasonal food. (This will keep items off the counter during the holidays!) Create room for guests’ coats by culling through the coat closet and letting go of anything that no longer fits. The breathing room you create now will have a huge payoff in December.If you’ve worked hard this year to create order in your home, it doesn’t have to unravel over the holiday season. Put into play a few simple tips and strategies, and you can ring in the new year already organized. What strategies do you use to stay organized during the holidays? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Happy organizing!


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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