Get Organized

A new year is a great time for fresh starts and new beginnings — which starts with getting organized! Did you know Dirigo Pines offers regular organizing clinics with Sandy Imondi for our residents? From downsizing to just keeping your life in order, organizing can do wonders for your closet, sanity and stress level. Having trouble finding your inner Marie Kondo? Here are a few tips to get organized in 2020 and spark some joy:

  • Start small. Getting organized is not a time to go big or go home. Focus on one manageable task at a time. For example, pick one closet, sort through it, toss what needs to be tossed, put the essentials back neatly and be proud of your accomplishment.
  • Sort it out. Whether it’s a closet, cupboard or filing cabinet that needs attention, as you go through the contents, sort them out. Make a “Toss” pile for the garbage and unusable items (there’s no need to hang onto to those old chargers and cables that haven’t been used in years, for example). Make a “Donate” pile for old clothes, books, toys and games that could donated to Good Will, a local church or another organization. A good tip: If you haven’t used it or worn it in over a year, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Anything you’re keeping, put back neatly — and use organizational containers if necessary to help keep things tidy over time.
  • Check expiration dates. The new year is a good time to check those dates and unload anything that’s expired or past its prime. Canned goods do eventually expire and frozen goods can only be kept for so long before they also need to be tossed. Old beauty products, lotions, hair products and more only take up valuable bathroom cupboard space — if you haven’t used them recently, it’s probably time to toss them. Your local police department and “take back” programs can help you get rid of old medications safely.

Have your own tips to share? Post them in the comments section!

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