If you’re like us, your resolution for 2014 is to get (and keep) your family organized. To make it a little easier, we compiled a checklist of our top 10 tips for staying on top of it all this year.
1. Stick to Your Plan (with a Stylish Planner)
Every day deserves a little style, right? Our Erin Condren planners are chic meets customizable. Plus, they include convenient features like a zip pouch to store receipts, stamps and stationery to have on-hand when you’re on the go.
2. Get It on the Calendar
Birthdays, football practices, doctor checkups… the more you can get on to the calendar in advance, the less stressed you’ll be later on. Our desk and wall calendars can be personalized with photos and text on important dates so you never miss a thing.
3. Stock Up on Stationery
Pick and personalize personal stationery for yourself. You’ll always have something cute on-hand for thank you notes, gift enclosures and unexpected hellos. You can even order a few of your favorite designs to give as a hostess treat or last-minute gift.
4. Make It Theirs
Keep backpacks, books and Tupperware in order with our personalized name labels. They come in small, large and circle sizes for all their belongings. The best part? They’re dishwasher and microwave-safe so you can clean and cook with no worries.
5. Organize Your Memories
Get photos off your camera and onto your computer. Upload them to a photo sharing site (like Shutterfly) so they’re ready to go when it’s time to order prints, personalize a card or create a photo book.
6. Keep Them Together
Have someone in the family who always loses their wallet/keys/phone? Create a dedicated space to store these things, like a wall hook, catch-all bowl or docking station. Everything in its place means time better spent than searching under couch cushions.
7. Gift Great
When it comes to giving gifts, it always helps to have personalized gift tags on-hand. It adds a personal touch that the recipient is sure to notice.
8. Pitch the Paper
If you need it, file it away. If you don’t, shred it (or recycle). Organizing your important docs now will take some of the stress out of tax time, while also de-cluttering the house. Do the same for your workspace. And don’t forget to de-junk your email inbox! Another way to avoid the clutter altogether? Switch paper bills to e-bills and save a tree or two this year.
9. Create Your Dream Closet
Storage is your friend. A simple shoe rack, toy bins or slim hangers will make a world of difference. Every time you open the door, you’ll let out a sigh of relief rather than ducking for cover.
10. Show Your Car Some Love
Schedule your routine maintenance for the year (and put it on that calendar we mentioned in #2!). Clean out any lingering items in your trunk—less weight = better gas mileage. And go get that wash you’ve been putting off… your car will thank you for it.
How are you getting organized for the New Year? Tell us below!