New Years Resolutions – How to Clean your Office/Home

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Every year when January rolls around you vow to lose weight, save money or spend more time with family and friends. But have you given much thought to getting your house in order? This cleaning plan will help you distinguish a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal cleaning schedule, and help you set organization goals. We should also be looking to improve our performance at work. Here are things that can help you keep your 2018 New Year’s resolution. Don’t forget to comment below to let us know what you think.

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Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our workplaces. Studies have found that by having a clean office you can increase productivity by up to 5%.

Messy spaces can leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed. When people remain in cluttered environments for prolonged periods, levels of the hormone cortisol remain steady throughout the day which is indicative of chronic stress.

Make it your resolution to clean up your deskspace and implement systems to keep it tidy throughout the year. Limit the amount of paper on your desk by keeping electronic copies instead. Buy a desk tidy to keep printed documents in one place so that you never lose important information under a heap of paper again.

Supplies you will need:

Seville Classics 6-Tray Iron Mesh Office Vertical Desktop Organizer

Rotating 7 Compartment Desktop Office Supplies Storage Organizer

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With a good portion of the hard work behind us—and trust us, digging at your own brain to figure out the hidden factors contributing to your office disaster is hard work—it’s time to look at the physical side of things.

We’re going to enter this phase of saving your office with the mantra “Everything must go.” Ultimately you won’t be getting rid of everything, but you need to shift your perspective. Right now you hang on to too much stuff for too long. Doubtful? Look at that pile of crap on your desk. When you keep stuff past the point it should have been shredded, recycled, thrown out, or put back into storage you’re operating under a “just in case” mentality which will always lead to clutter and disorganization.

We don’t live on a remote island with once a year mail service. We live in the modern world where you can buy anything, anytime, and either have it that day or overnighted to your house. Holding onto something “just in case” is a mild form of hoarding. The mantra for decluttering and reclaiming your space is “Everything must go.”

Supplies you will need:

Glad OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags

M-jump 8 PCS 4 Pairs duster Mop Slippers Shoes Cover

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One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter.

Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say.)

This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in, says Antoinette Nue, an Atlanta consultant who specializes in helping people simplify and go green.

“Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken,” she says.

Stash useful (but not beautiful) items such as DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets. Group similar items together on sleek trays, says Stuart McCormick, a designer with Liz Levin Interiors in Washington D.C.

Clear your counters of everything you don’t use on a daily basis. And get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home.

Supplies you will need:

Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind

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Simply put, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

“People usually make a resolution that says something like, ‘I’m going to get my home and office totally organized this year, and I will never misplace anything again’,” said Maria Spetalnik, a professional organizer in the Washington, DC, area. “This is not only unrealistic but would take so long that they usually run out of steam before they even see results. Then they are frustrated with themselves and have often created a bigger problem than they started with.”

To prevent that frustration, Spetalnik said, make resolutions like, “I will do my shopping using a list rather than trying to remember what I need.”

Supplies you will need:

Fridge magnets by Kitch Office. 10 pack super strong Refrigerator Magnet

GalsShopper Pink – All In 1 Shopping Organizer, Cart Handlebar

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Decluttering and an improved workflow will only manage the concrete distractions however. Distractions keep you from performing your best work. Internet technology is particularly distracting: the urge to check your smart phone for emails and text messages can be never-ending, and keep you from focusing on the task at hand.

To keep this distraction in check, allocate time slots for when you check your email and messages. Turn off all non-essential notifications on your phone so that you won’t be interrupted by continual twitter feeds or Facebook posts and resist the urge to check social media in work hours.

Supplies you will need:

AT-A-GLANCE Day Runner Weekly / Monthly Planner Refill

AT-A-GLANCE DayMinder Weekly / Monthly Appt Book / Planner

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If you have areas in your home that you desperately want organized, but can’t find the motivation to start a big project, then you’ll need to set an organization goal. Part of developing your goal is planning which days will be devoted to the task.

Example of an organization goal:
I will go through the boxes in the attic.
Frequency: I will spend 2 hours every Friday going through boxes.
Estimated Timeframe: 3 months

Supplies you will need:

Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master

Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide

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All of the above resolutions are about helping you take care of yourself. If your home is clean, efficient, and organized, you are taking care of yourself.

If your time and money are well-managed, you are taking care of yourself. How? Because when your life and home are in chaos, you’re stressed out, right? If your home is well organized, you should also have time to eat healthfully, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

And remember those time slots to allow yourself? Don’t cut corners there. Your slot could be as extravagant as an occasional day at the spa or as simple as taking a long tub bath. You choose. But do it!

Supplies you will need:

URPOWER Humidifier, 5L Large Capacity Whisper-quiet Operation

GermGuardian AC4825 3-in-1 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter

ThermoPro TP55 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Thermometer Humidity Gauge

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