An annual tradition for many people is to make some new year resolutions of the goals they have for themselves to kick of a brand new year that offers a “fresh start.” Of course, we all know the running joke that goes along with setting resolutions is that we stick to them for a few weeks, and by March, we’re back in our old habits. But that doesn’t have to happen in 2021!

 

It’s safe to say that 2020 has shaken up our routines, but this year actually offers a great platform to make some changes that are more likely to stick. Remember you can start small with your changes! A lot of us have had our regular day to day practices flipped upside down and have had to get creative with making things work – so let’s take that concept and implement it into getting your space streamlined, so you can declutter your Comox Valley home and have some physical organization in your life. Consider these three tips to get you started on your organizational journey.

 

1. CREATE A GAME PLAN

First off, you’ll want to create a game plan. Do you need to take a look at organizing your entire home, or are there just a few key areas that you want to declutter? To keep your motivation flowing, start with the easiest space and work your way up to the bigger jobs. How long do you think each area will take to tackle? Assign a realistic timeline for the day block the day off from other commitments – because we know if it’s not in your calendar, it’s less likely to happen! Gather existing organizational supplies that you already have in your home such as storage baskets, labelling supplies, bins, etc.

 

2. RECRUIT SOME HELP

Everyone in your household should be participating in the decluttering chores in some capacity, since everyone contributes to the mess. Plus, you can have some fun with it; put on your favourite playlist, turn it into a timed competition, or persuade your kids with their favourite take-out meal when the space is complete. If you live on your own, ask some friends in your bubble to come make a day of it with you – and you can return the favour when they’re in need.

 

3. HAVE DESIGNATED BOXES

Before you begin sorting through a room, have designated boxes set up that are labeled “Keep”, “Sell”, “Donate”, “Recycle”, and “Garbage”. This makes it way more simple to keep everything organized, so you know exactly what to do with it after the room is decluttered. It helps to keep this rule of thumb in mind: if you haven’t used it within the last year, you likely don’t need to keep it.

 

Decluttering your home is a perfect way to get it ready for the Comox Valley real estate market as well, if you’ve been considering selling. When a house is nice and organized, it allows potential buyers to picture themselves in that space much easier, which makes it more likely you’ll get an offer on your home. Let’s chat about your next steps to list your Courtenay area home for sale; give me a call at 250.702.6493 or email bryce@brycehansenteam.com