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Three Mini-Projects to Get Your New Year Off to an Organized Start

Three Mini-Projects to Get Your New Year Off to an Organized Start in about a half hour or less, at home and in your car.

Happy New Year. Experts tell us that getting organized is one of the top resolutions made -and broken- each year. Success happens when you bite off just the right sized organizing project. Here are my favorite three mini organizing projects to start your year off right:

Organize your purse or wallet. Dump everything and start fresh. Out go the pens that don’t work. Gather old receipts and toss or file. Add colorful accessories so they’ll be easier to find at the bottom. Shake shake and clean out all the crumbs and loose change. Perfectionists can feel free to organize your wallet and face all of your bills in the same direction.

Organize your car. This is a great way to use the time if you are stuck waiting for someone. Grab the last fast food bag that made its way into your car. Gather up litter, empty the center console and all the little cup holders. Wipe the dash, sticky steering wheel, and cup holders with a wet wipe. Return CDs to their cases. Gather toys, sports equipment, clothing and such and return them to the house. For extra credit, sort stuff in the trunk into travel bags for sports, beach, and emergency items. Go ahead, go all the way and treat your baby to an interior/exterior car wash.

Organize your linen closet. Empty the closet completely. Separate towels from bed linens from personal products, each on their own shelf. Add colorful matching bins to hold the small stuff. Give wrapping paper and bows a quick sort, pull out the ones you will never use, and store the rest so they stay nice and crisp. Shelf labels aren't necessary, but are useful if you share the space.

One of these projects will get you more organized in just a half hour. Get through them all and give yourself a gold star. These mini-projects are just like the little steps that get you through a bigger project, like organizing your closet, office, or tax prep. Now you know have confidence to tackle those, too.

Isn’t it nice to start your year already organized?

Darla DeMorrow (Certified Professional Organizer) will be presenting "How to Organize Photos, Memories, and Memorabilia" at the Tredyffrin Library on Monday, January 7 at 7:30 pm. http://www.tredyffrinlibraries.org/events.asp

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