I like to think of the new year as a new beginning. You know – out with the old, in with the new. Over the course of a year a lot of things can start to accumulate. Maybe you have a special drawer, cabinet, or even room that the accumulation gravitates towards.

… I had all of the above

4 Tips to Start Getting OrganizedI went on a major cleaning spree to declutter and start getting organized for 2015. I focused on 3 areas – the junk drawer, the junk cabinet, and the office (which had been turned into the junk room). The repeating element seemed to be junk. If I am calling it that then I definitely don’t need it, right? That is my way of thinking and it has been that way for a while – I just don’t always stick to it. This year I am determined to set expectations and stick with them to get and stay organized. Here are 4 tips I think will help you since they worked really well for me.

Get Organized Tip #1: Set reasonable expectations. Reasonable has a different meaning for everyone so decide what is realistically within your reach and set a goal to meet or slightly exceed that. Don’t plan to have everything tip top and perfect instantly unless you have a fairy godmother that you aren’t sharing.

Get Organized Tip #2: Get Help. Everyone can use some help from time to time, even you super moms with eight arms. Whether it is wrangling up the kiddos or your closest friends getting organized is achieved quicker and easier with help.

When you are getting help with organization be sure everyone is on the same page. Be prepared to explain and correct things as needed without biting someone’s head off. If you can’t find others to help don’t stress it’s not necessary, just helpful.

Get Organized Tip #3: Make it Entertaining. There is nothing worse than going into an organization project dreading it. Sure it is probably not going to be fun sorting through dozens of trinkets, piles of silverware, or cans of soup. You can make it much more tolerable by playing your favorite music and taking breaks to dance, relax, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

There is no rule that says you have to go, go, go without having any fun. Feel free to get silly and make impromptu snowmen from old golf balls or butterflies from paper clips.

Get Organized Tip #4: Get rid of stuff. I can’t tell you how many identical utensils I had because there were so many. A general rule I stick to when downgrading my things is if I haven’t used it in the past 2 months it needs to go. I keep boxes on hand when I’m organizing to easily catch donation worthy items. Otherwise they go in the trash.

These four tips should help you get started on your organizing journey. If you have another tip to share please do so in the comments, we’d love to read them!