Organizing in the New Year

For many, a new year often means resolutions to get life in order. January is “Get Yourself Organized” month, when professional organizers often see a big boost in their business.

Glen Ellyn resident Jamie Martin has her own business she calls “Destination Organization.”

After meeting with clients, she’ll help them get back on an orderly path…but first suggests having a goal in mind.

“Do they want to be on time for work? Do they want to have more free time?” said Martin. “Do they want to always have the house picked up so they can have guest over at any time?”

Something as simple as removing clutter can be a step towards achieving these goals.

“Clutter attracts the clutter,” Martin warns. “As soon as you start making a pile, it grows and has friends.”

Taking a few minutes every day to sort through mail and get rid of junk mail can prevent piles. Filing important paperwork under categories like “bills”, “upcoming events”, and “to-do lists” makes it a breeze to find information you need.

In the kitchen, rolling shelves provide a neat environment while keeping common household items readily accessible.

And experts agree it’s not just space that often needs managing.

“Once we get going, it’s their time that also needs organizing. And many people over-commit,” Martin says. “Take something off your schedule or out of your home before you add anything in.”

Many software programs offer a convenient way to schedule appointments, meetings, and special events without taking up paper. Organizing your personal life can also reduce job-related stress.

‘If you’re disorganized at home, you’re likely not going to get to work on time and that gets the whole ball rolling,” Martin says. “Even if you do get to work on time, you’re constantly thinking at work, ‘Oh, i need to get my bills paid, need to get my taxes ready.’ So even if you don’t think it’s affecting you, subconsciously the things that are disorganized are weighing on you.”

And for one small business owner, that weight has been lifted thanks to Martin’s help.

“The space is organized. My mind is organized. I don’t do extra work,” said Sarah Weiler, a Geneva resident. “I’m able to save money and make more money actually because I’m not buying extra things that I already have that i forgot about. And I’m not procrastinating. I get things done in a much timelier manner.”

One final tip is to create a maintenance plan to stay organized. Set aside 15 minutes at the end of each day putting everything back in its proper place so you don’t lose important items or have to waste time the next day cleaning up.

You can find more helpful tips on Jamie Martin’s website, www.destorg.com.

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