Have you been brainstorming your 2012 resolutions? New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and if getting (and staying) organized is top of mind for your family, we hope this little checklist will serve you well! Here are our top 10 tips for staying on top of it all this coming year…
1. Stick to Your Plan (with a Stylish Planner)
The more stylish, the more likely you are to use it! Our Erin Condren planners are oh-so-cute—not to mention 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. Organize Your Memories
Get photos off your camera and onto your computer. Upload them to a photo sharing site (like our parent company, Shutterfly) so they’re ready to go when it’s time to order prints, personalize a card or create a photo book.
3. Get It on the Calendar
Dentist appointments, haircuts, doctor checkups… the more you can get on to the calendar in advance, the less stressed you’ll be later on. And don’t forget all your birthdays and anniversaries, either. Tiny Prints Greetings lets you set reminders and schedule personalized greeting cards for special occasions in advance—so you’ll never miss a thing and be extra thoughtful to boot.
4. Be a Meal Planning Maven
Planning your family’s meals out for the week will help you eat out less (which will save money!), waste fewer groceries and eat healthier. There are tons of great sites online to help you get started and find foodie delights—The Meal Planner and Pinterest are two of our favorites.
5. Turn Misplace into This Place
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 it’s place means time better spent than searching under couch cushions.
6. Make a Date
Our brand new calendars will help you add style to every day of 2012. Pick your favorite design and then personalize special dates with photos for birthdays, family game night, vacations and more.
7. 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.
8. Never Be Empty-Handed
Pick and personalize social stationery for yourself. You’ll always have something cute on-hand for thank you notes, gift enclosures and unexpected hellos.Then, order a few of your favorite designs to give as a hostess treat or last-minute gift.
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 into that calendar we mentioned in #6!). Clean out any lingering items in your trunk—the less weight you carry around = 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? Leave us a comment below!