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10 Ways to Get Organized for the New Year

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10 Ways to Get Organized for the New Year

The new year’s a-comin’, and for many of us that means looking ahead and thinking about how we can make the coming year even better than the last. No matter what your new year’s resolution, starting the year out feeling a little bit more organized can put you in the right head-space to tackle whatever goal you set for this year. Check out our tips to help you get organized in the new year!

Related Reading: 5 Steps to Reduce Clutter in Your Space

There’s a cute quote that’s been making the rounds on Facebook lately: “A clean house is the sign of a wasted life,” but I couldn’t disagree with that more! For many of us, an uncluttered space means an uncluttered mind. No more digging through piles of stuff to find a pen or rifling through tons of bottles to find the aspirin when you have a headache. A tidy, organized space (and life!) saves time, energy, and headaches.

Whether getting organized is your new year’s resolution or you’re just looking to start the year out on the right foot, there are so many aspects of our lives that we can tackle. From finances and our schedules to closets and cabinets, we’ve rounded up 10 tips and tricks to help you get organized and kick off 2013 right!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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8:51AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Thank you! These are useful points to organize things not only before New Year, but during the year as well

8:20AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

I already do all of this except meal planning, My medicine cabinet could probably use some love

3:24AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Good advice :-)

7:33AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thanks for posting.

7:42PM PST on Jan 13, 2013


4:51PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Articles like this one are my absolute favorite, since I love organizing stuff. Once a year, on January, I go through all the pens and markers in the house, making sure they still work and getting rid of the ones that don't.

The medicine cabinet is sorted through at least twice a year: packages are recycled and medicines that have expired get sent back to the pharmacy for handling.

10:14AM PST on Jan 13, 2013


10:02AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thanks for the article.

3:54AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Timely advice - would you believe, just before I logged on I'd decided I should clear up my space, beginning with a complete review/reorganisation of my pantry! :-D

12:27AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I have several pencil cups around the house--by the phone, the computer, the desk, in the kitchen. Each one has a few pens and pencils in it, plus a Sharpie marker, a small pai rof scissor, a nail file, and nail clippers. This really helps me not search all over the house looking for a nail clipper or scissors in a hurry. And if someone in the family or a visitor asks for one of these I can just say--find a pencil cup!

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