As the new year approaches, many people make resolutions to get more organized. But simply resolving to be more organized is not enough — it takes planning, effort, and consistent habits to truly get organized. As you set your goals for the new year, you’ll want to also consider what you might need to get organized.
A new 2023 planner for a physical fresh start? Beautiful bookends for your bookshelf? Maybe you need to find a sturdy bookshelf to organize all your books stacked in the corner of your room. There are so many possibilities to get organized so here are some tips to get started:
- Set Specific Goals: Rather than just resolving to “get organized,” be specific about what you want to achieve. Setting specific goals will make it easier to create a plan and track your progress.
- Create A Plan: Once you have your goals in mind, create a plan to achieve them. Consider using a planner or calendar to keep track of your tasks and deadlines.
- Declutter: One of the easiest ways to get organized is to get rid of unnecessary items. Take some time to go through your possessions and get rid of anything you no longer need or use.
- Have A System: Once you have decluttered, it’s time to create a system for organizing your possessions. This could involve assigning a designated spot for each item, using storage containers or baskets, or setting up a filing system for important documents.
- Maintenance: Maintaining organization takes effort! This could involve putting away items that are out of place by using the system, or reviewing your to-do list and crossing off completed tasks.
Once you’ve set specific goals, created a plan, and decluttered – you may realize you need some items. It may seem counterintuitive after all the decluttering, but to create a space that’s organized, each item needs a home. If your books are stacked on the floor, and you keep misplacing your car keys it might be time to get a bookshelf or a cute tray by the door where you’ll put your keys every time you enter the house.
Below are some places you can visit in the Merrimack Valley to get organized:
Mill No. 5 and The Shops
Address: 250 Jackson St, Lowell, MA 01852
An interior streetscape of historic architecture, Mill No. 5 is a center for dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as a working space for artists and start-ups.
When you’re done at Mill No. 5, head over to the Crafty Yankee in Lexington. Update your home with fresh new scents like the Ella B candle named after Lexington. The signature scent carries notes of citrus, grapefruit, and evergreen. Among the other wonderful homeware goodies.
Canal Street Antique Mall
Address: 181 Canal St # 7, Lawrence, MA 01840
Canal Street Antique Mall, an 18,000 square foot, 50+ dealer antique shop located in an old mill building offers a wide assortment of antiques including furniture, china and lighting. You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for, and more this Saturday!