|Carolyn makes a holiday return at REI in Ann Arbor, Michigan.|
A big part of being organized is planning ahead. I see planning ahead as a little gift to myself to make things easier in the future.
As we wrap up from the busy holiday season and look forward to the potential that a new year brings, here are a few things that you can do now to be more organized in 2013:
Holiday Tidy Up:
- When you are ready, pack away holiday decorations in a manner that you would like to find them when it is time to decorate again.
- Have you sent thank you notes for gifts received? Remember, done is better than perfect. So if you can only muster an e-mail thank you, that is better than no thank you at all.
- Did you travel over the holidays? If so, empty and pack away the luggage now.
- If you have received gifts over the holidays, make sure each and every one of them has a home. Return (or thoughtfully re-gift) any items that were not just right and be sure that gift cards/certificates do not get lost in the shuffle.
Here's to a happy (and organized) 2013!
Carolyn Anderson-Fermann is a public speaker, organizing expert and founder of Simply Organized Life. Would you like to learn 5 simple strategies to keep your New Year's Resolutions? Carolyn will be presenting "Simply Organize the New Year" at this year's Women's Health and Fitness Day, a free healthy lifestyle event on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Register at the Women's Health and Fitness Day website.