Cleaning & Organizing

23 Ways To Get Organized In 2023

It’s a new year and I’m here to help you know what to declutter and organize!

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Did you know the average American household has 300,000 items in it? It makes you wonder how much of that we’re actually using or just storing.

I mean, just think about it: most people don’t realize how much stuff they have until it’s time to move—I’ve been guilty of that too. 

What Is Clutter?

Clutter, by definition, is a collection of things lying around without a place to call home. It’s basically homeless possessions. 

This is how owning more items than you have a place for creates chaos in your home, daily life, and mental health. 

I know this example will sound a bit extreme, but just think about for a minute how hard it would be to own a homeless shelter and live there too. If you don’t keep up with how many homeless people you take in, then you wouldn’t have anywhere to sleep. 

The accumulation of clutter in our homes happens the same way when we’re not keeping inventory of what we own when we bring home new clothes, shoes, furniture, and home decor. Your house becomes a shelter for your belongings rather than a haven for you and your family. 

I’m reminded of a quote by Francine Jay: “Your home is a living space, not a storage space.” 

It’s ultimately up to you to identify what is taking up space in your home. Because the more stuff you have, the more time you’ll spend cleaning and maintaining than living. 

So let’s make 2023 the year you simplify your home to free up time and space you didn’t know you had! 

Related: Decluttering For Beginners: Where To Start + How To Get It Done!

All The Ways To Get Organized In 2023

  1. Declutter your cleaning supplies. Get rid of duplicate products and empty bottles. 
  2. Declutter your makeup & beauty supplies. Makeup expires about every six months to a year so consider replacing your cream-based foundation and blushes. 
  3. Declutter your laundry room. Then give your floors a good vacuum and mop.
  4. Declutter your linen closet. Whether you use this space to store personal hygiene supplies, towels, toiletry, bed linens, or all of the above, you should make it a habit to tidy up your linen closet once a year. Replace raggedy towels or washcloths with a new set, toss expired hair & hygiene products, and donate any sheets or blankets you do not need. 
  5. Declutter your home decor. If you’re a seasonal decorator like me, it’s easy to buy what’s new in the Target Dollar Spot section every holiday. So before you decorate with new items, go through your seasonal inventory and sell or donate whatever you’re not loving anymore. 
  6. Declutter your storage space. Every home has that one closet or area in the basement that you avoid because you have no idea what’s in there. Imagine how great it would be to know exactly what you’re storing instead of guessing and avoiding the room altogether. 
  7. Declutter your car. Put this project on your spring to-do list when the weather breaks. Nothing like having a clean and organized car for all those before all family road trips!
  8. Sell unused electronic devices. There’s no point in letting these sit in your house and collecting dust…literally. Game Stop will pay you to get rid of it! 
  9. Declutter underneath your kitchen sink. The goal here is to make it easier for you to get what you need when you need it, so you may have to do some Amazon shopping for kitchen sink organizers. 
  10. Declutter your pantry. With an organized pantry, you’ll save money on groceries and time spent cooking. Whether you choose to label your bins like the Real Pantries of Instagram is all a personal preference. 
  11. Clean out your junk drawer. Do you really need 25 ink pens? Probably not, my friend!  
  12. Donate outgrown baby & kids’ stuff. They outgrow their clothes before you can rip off the price tag. So you may want to make this a habit four times a year when the seasons change. You can give their stuff to a local homeless shelter, to a family or friend with kids around the same age as yours, or pass them down to your child’s own sibling. It will require you to be a bit more organized, but the money you’ll be saving is so worth it! 
  13. Toss broken hangers. Replace them with these non-slip velvet ones to give your closet an instant upgrade!
  14. Toss broken toys
  15. Declutter your shoes 
  16. Declutter your jewelry & accessories
  17. Declutter your spring & summer wardrobe
  18. Declutter your fall wardrobe 
  19. Declutter your winter wardrobe 
  20. Create a monthly budget. When you’re done organizing your home, it’s time to organize your family’s finances. 
  21. Create a weekly cleaning schedule. The secret to keeping up with household chores is figuring out when and what to clean!  
  22. Create a weekly laundry routine. Once I put my family’s laundry on a schedule, it made keeping up with all the piles so much easier. See our schedule. 
  23. Create a weekly dinner menu. Getting organized with meal planning is the best thing you can do for your time and energy! I’ve written a ton of articles that make dinner planning easy! Start here. 

Tips For Successfully Getting Organized In 2023

You don’t have to do everything at once. Focus on tackling one thing, room, or area at a time, and don’t move on to your next project until you’re done. 

Don’t try to do it all in one day. Some projects will take longer than others, so don’t let that discourage you from getting started. It may take a weekend or three, but if you stay committed, I promise it’ll be worth it! 

Don’t try to do it all yourself. It’s okay to ask for help or hire professional home-organizing experts if you’ve got room in your budget.

Don’t forget to turn your clutter into cash! Let your trash become someone else’s treasure. My favorite places for selling preloved items are on Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, eBay, and to local consignment/resale stores. 

Here’s to cultivating an intentional home, and getting and staying organized in 2023 and beyond! I’m already so proud of you.

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