Call it what you will: Decluttering. Minimizing. Simplifying. Tidying Up. 

Whatever term you choose, a home organization New Year’s resolution can help you achieve a myriad of goals and have you on your way to a prosperous new year.

Consider nearly any New Year’s resolution, and organizing your house will help you achieve it. Want to lose weight? Organize those cupboards, clear that pantry, and toss foods that may be defeating your goals. Trying to be more productive? Organizing your living space will save you time and energy in the long run.

You may want to purge some things, but “organizing” does not necessarily mean “eliminating.” And there are intuitive, efficient, and affordable self-storage options nearby should you need help along the way.

Perfect Timing
Are you one of the over 90% of people who decorate for the holidays? Then come January, you are probably elbow-deep (shoulder high?) in boxes anyway, so this is an ideal time to tackle that home organization goal.

Holiday items are ideal candidates for a storage unit, given you only need them once a year. As you transition from holiday cheer to home decor, strip each room completely. Clear each shelf, empty every closet, and start sorting. Consider alliterative categories such as:

Definitely Display
Stash in Storage (sort by season for optimal placement in self-storage unit)
Give as a Gift
Purge Pile
Do a Donation
Toss in the Trash

Think It Through
Letting go of objects can be challenging thanks to the “What If?” and “What About?” questions, but there are other questions you can ask yourself that may aid in decluttering your home:

How many of these do I need? And how many do I have?
How long has it been since I used, wore, or even touched these?
What is the true sentimental value of this object?
Can I deliver joy to someone else by giving this away?

What to Do with Stuff You No Longer Want
You will quickly discover not everything should be thrown away. It can be exhilarating to realize the many options and opportunities to do good with your unwanted items. You can make a little cash by selling them at a yard sale or on websites like Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace.

Or for those who cannot afford to buy them, consider donating:

Any useful items through Give Back Box.
Clothes to a jobs development program like Working Wardrobes, Dress for Success, or any local Disabled American Veterans shelter.
To local theater groups that use clothes for costuming, or furniture and other household items as props.
Luggage, duffels, backpacks, and baggage of just about any kind to area foster programs.
Bedding, pillows, pet supplies, and equipment to local animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Books to a Little Free Library.

Giving a feel-good gift ultimately gives back tenfold by knowing you made an impact. Get the kids in on the fun by asking if they would like to give away toys they no longer play with or would just like to share with another little boy or girl.

Self-Storage: The “I Might Need it One Day!” Solution
How much of your space is taken up by things that just sit because someone in the house is adamant they “might need it one day?” That’s where self-storage comes in. Set those items aside so you know what you have, then find the perfect storage containers for them.

Set up a “Things I Might Need One Day” section in your storage unit, and you’ll know exactly where to find them if—or when—that one day comes.

Rock the New Year with Home Organization
Seize the day and make your house into a happy, healthy, and restful space. There is an unbelievable sense of peace when there is “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Don’t wait. Start today!