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How to make an effective plan to organize your home this year

how-to-make-an-effective-plan-to-organize-your-homeWell!  Christmas decor is finally put away and I am slowly coming out of my annual post-Christmas funk.  Ever so slowly.  :)  The one thing I always look forward to at the beginning of each new year is making my annual “to organize” list.  YEA.  Nothing like a good list to start the year off right!  We all know how much smoother life runs when our homes are in order.  This is the year!  Time to get our houses organized.  I have been thinking so much lately about how I want to plan my year as far as organizing our home.  Last year I wrote a post about how to make an effective “to organize” list.


Go through your  house room by room with a notepad and get VERY specific about what you want to accomplish in each space.  Break things down into smaller, more manageable tasks.  Example:  Instead of writing “organize the kitchen” write “organize the silverware drawer.”  There is something so powerful about being able to check smaller things off of your list!  Great motivation to keep on organizing.

This year I wanted to take it one step further by actually giving myself a deadline to complete each area of my home.  I’m putting some pressure on myself to make sure I accomplish everything I set out to do!  Creating an imaginary deadline is one of the best ways to overcome procrastination.  I loved having my detailed list last year, but without a deadline there was no urgency to finish anything and while I am happy about the things I did accomplish, I didn’t make it through half of my list!  However, I also want to be realistic and come up with a plan that I will actually have time to complete.  We are all busy!  It’s important to set yourself up for success by not putting too much on your plate.

So here is the plan.  If you choose to accept it.  :)  Each month I’m going to focus on one space in my house.  I’m giving myself a whole year.  One year to organize our homes!  Surely we can all do that.  Who’s with me!?  Your “to organize” list should be specific to you and what your home needs so get out a notepad and take a little walk around your house!  Write down every area of your home that drives you crazy or causes problems and could use some organizing.  Then assign a month to each space.  Here is my 12 month plan for organizing my house:


-Holiday decorations/ski clothes

-Donate old toys and organize playroom closet and pull-out drawers (labels)


– Under stair closet (organize cleaning supplies)

– Luggage closet

– 3 Mudroom lockers/drawers by bench


– pantry (finish w/ labels)

– butler’s pantry drawers/cupboards

– garbage sack drawer

– medicine cupboard

– plates/cups/bowls

– junk drawers

– baking sheet cupboard


– pull out drawers

– scrapbook supplies

– kids’ projects/work-in-progress

– upper cupboards

– FILES (my papers/kids’ papers/magazine inspiration)

– desk drawers

– greeting cards


– organize outdoor/pool toys


– batteries/flashlights

– church stuff


– organize built-in bookshelf cupboards


– go through all 3 closets (donate old clothes/organize)

– girls’ nightstands/desk drawers/bookshelves

– bathroom drawers

– girls’ linen cabinet


– donate old clothes/organize hanging clothes

– cupboards and drawers in closet and bathroom

– organize jewelry


– organize towels/sheets/blankets


– purge!


– ENJOY a clean, organized house decked for Christmas.  :)

So there you go!  That is my list for the year.  I am printing it and hanging it in a spot I will see every day to remind me of what I need to be working on for the month.  Here is another thing to think about when making your 12 month plan to organize your house.  Think about what you typically have going on each month and plan accordingly.  For example, toys are appealing to organize now because we just got new things for Christmas so I put playroom under January.  August is all about getting ready for back to school so it’s a great time to go through the kids’ closets.  July is usually a busy travel month for us so I assigned myself a smaller organizing task.  You get the idea!  Make this list specific, manageable, and tailored to your schedule.  Set yourself up for success!  

I’m so excited!  Can’t wait to get working on our attic and playroom for the month of January.  I hope you’ll join me!  Together we can do this!  One cupboard at a time.


xoxo, Erin
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31 thoughts on “How to make an effective plan to organize your home this year

  1. AHH! There is nothing like January after the decorations are down and the house is super clean to start thinking about organizing. Stuff stays pretty organized around here but their are a few areas that I need to re-think. Pantry, closets, and laundry storage are on my list of things to organize. A few more cute baskets should take care of the laundry room. The pantry and closets are getting a complete over haul. I love this time of year.

    Happy Organizing Erin. :)

  2. Great idea on doing one spot a month!! I always get overwhelmed when i think of how much needs to be done but I feel doing it this way will help me work on it a little at a time and actually get it done!! Thank you again for a great post! HAve a good day :)

    1. Thanks Heather! I know. It’s overwhelming sometimes. Hopefully breaking it down into smaller monthly goals will help you! I know it’s going to be much more manageable for me this way. xo

  3. I love the idea of deadlines. I made a huge list last year and barely did half of it too! Is that your planner in the first picture?

    1. Hoping the monthly deadlines give us extra incentive Amy! That was my planner a couple of years ago. I’ll share what I’m using this year soon on the blog!

  4. Hi Erin! This is the perfect time to start thinking about getting things organized! For the most part, my house looks neat, but when you open a drawer, closet or cabinet, my secrets to a neat house are revealed!! Ha! Ha! It’s time for me to tackle my house from the inside out and get working on all of my hidden problem areas! Thanks so much for the motivation!!

    1. I think we all have this problem! Ha! I’m with you. So excited to tackle my hidden problem areas this year! Glad you’re on board. :) xo

  5. Hi Erin!
    Happy New Year!! I’m joining you on the organization train this year. Lol! I’m making my plan for the whole house but right now I’m focusing on my kitchen because I’m getting ready for a complete gut and remodel. Exciting but overwhelming!! I was hoping you would do a post on your kitchen organization and how you decided on cabinets vs. drawers, inserts, etc. but I haven’t seen one. Do you have any tips for me? Any help is sooo much appreciated. Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi Kim! I haven’t done a post on that but I need to! I’ll probably go over it all when I show how I’m organizing my kitchen. One thing I love is our appliance cupboards. They slide up and I have my toaster, crock pot, etc. in them but then I can cover everything when we aren’t using them. Good luck with your remodel! So fun! And I know – overwhelming. I’m sure it will turn out beautiful!

  6. As with every new year, my goal is to get organized! Great idea with breaking it down month-by-month!

    (off-topic: our pool is almost done – yay! – and I’m wanting to get some decals (tiles?) like the ones you have on your pool’s steps. I’m hoping to find some frog ones. Can you tell me where you found yours?)

    1. Hi Katrina! I can’t remember the name of the place! My pool guy sent me to a wholesale pool store that I wasn’t really supposed to go to because it’s not open to the public. He called them and told them to let me pick out some pool decals. I think you can find them on-line though. I remember someone saying they got some through National Pools or something? Sorry I’m not more help!

  7. Thanks for this Erin! I’m on a big organizational kick right now and my husband & I actually started tackling the disaster of our basement last night. :) The idea to break it down into manageable parts is a great one. I pinned this so it’s easy to come back to later. Happy Wednesday!

  8. Oh, you just hit my “hot” button, Erin. I love anything and everything about organizing. My hubby says I’m a bit obsessed, but he has actually picked up a few good habits since he retired…..lead by example! I kind of get giddy about setting up a new planner for the year, and creating a new list of projects. I’m looking forward to following along with your plan, which sounds so doable. Can’t eat an elephant in one big bite, have to cut it up and take slow steady nibbles! I’m going to make my list this afternoon. Thanks so much for sharing, Erin!

  9. I had this goal for 2014 but because I just had the general goal of “be organized ” I didn’t succeed. I was close though. So this year I will break my goals into months and be more specific. Here’s to a year of organization and labels!!!

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