If January is the month to make New Year’s resolutions, then February is the month to fall off them. Don’t worry–it’s totally normal to forget (ahem, give up) on your promises to exercise more, eat better, re-decorate, etc. That’s why we enlisted the help of an expert to get you back on track. Celebrity Home Designer Courtney Cachet shared her tips to get and STAY organized in 2015 with us. Whether or not this is your resolution, read below for her insider knowledge:
SHEfinds: What are your tips for getting and staying organized throughout the year?
Courtney Cachet: I like to dedicate time toward getting organized at the start of every New Year. Starting in January, get ready for the upcoming year by getting rid of anything that you haven’t used or worn in the past year. Out with the old, in with the new! When you’re going through this purging process, make sure to get the items that you no longer want to keep out of the house. The longer you keep them around, the more likely you are to convince yourself that you still need them. Then, mark your calendar to get rid of items that are not being used once a month. This will help to eliminate clutter and stay on top of organization. For the items that you decide to keep, try putting them away in large storage bins. T.J.Maxx and Marshalls carry these super cute printed storage bins in all shapes and sizes so if you don’t have room to store the bins in the closet, you can keep them stacked up nicely and they add a decorative flare. Organization pieces can be just as glamorous as your home!
SF: When do people tend to fall off their “get organized” resolution?
CC: People tend to fall off of their organization schedule three times per year. Like me, it seems that most people make the resolution to get organized in January, and then again in the spring and fall when it comes time to swap out their wardrobe. It’s easy to get off to an organized start in January and quickly become unorganized by March. The same goes for the seasons. After reorganizing again in spring and fall, people normally lose their organization habits by summer and winter. To combat this, be sure to set reminders to organize your home once a month if it’s not something that you can maintain on a weekly basis.
SF: Do you have one really good hack to stay organized?
CC: One of my favorite organization tips is to look to items that wouldn’t normally be your go-to organization or storage pieces. For example, string shower curtain hooks along a hanger and hang your scarves and/or belts on them. I like to shop at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls for these types of items because you can get a huge bang for your buck! I love finding packs of velvet hangers in different colors at the stores for half of the price that you would find them anywhere else–and they’re perfect for organizing!
SF: What area of the home tends to be the least organized?
CC: Most people tend to let their desks become unorganized without realizing the effect that it has on them. A messy desk leads to lower productivity and higher stress levels. The less clutter that surrounds you, the more likely you are to focus on your work and feel more at ease in your environment. Try organizing your desk by throwing away old documents and filing away important ones in folders organized by color.
SF: Is there something you know about organization as a Celebrity Home Designer that most people don’t know?
CC: People always assume that as a Celebrity Home Designer, I spend a ton of money on sophisticated items to decorate my clients’ homes. Although I am known for my luxe style, nothing could be farther from the truth. Just because I don’t spend a lot of money, doesn’t mean it can’t be cute–it has to be! That’s why I shop at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls for my home. I’m able to find top trends in home décor and furnishings at great prices! Also, with a busy career and two young children, being organized is essential to not only my professional success, but overall happiness in the home. It’s something that I instill in my kids every day. From organizing our clothes by color to managing storage of toys and office materials, it’s a daily habit that makes your life much easier.
Now that you have the tips, check out the slideshow for organization products from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.
[Photo: Waiting On Martha]