How to Completely Organize Your Home in One Year, and not feel overwhelmed

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There is no end to organizing.

I know it’s not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth.

Just like there is no end to cleaning or laundry or making meals. As long as you live there will always be more to do.

You will find more peace in your life the sooner you accept this as a fact.

While there is no end, it doesn’t mean we can’t strive for more organization in our lives. Says the woman who loves to organize.

organized home in 12 months

For 2018, I have decided to try a new tactic for my organizing so that I don’t feel overwhelmed. I am going to tackle one room/area each month. Some are going to take a lot less time than others, so I will plan those accordingly.

I encourage you to join me in this year long project. This is how it works:

  1. Grab a piece of paper and write down every single room/space of your home.
  2. If there are small spaces (linen closet and coat closet), you may consider putting those together.
  3. Decide which month you will focus on each area. Be sure to take into consideration temperature and how busy your life is that month. For instance, I will not be organizing, decluttering the garage in February, nor will I be working in the attic in August.  Also, I will tackle a simple project in July and December which tend to be our busiest months of the year.
  4. Next you will want to type your list and make it look nice. Then put it somewhere to remind you of what you’re focused on.
  5. Set aside time each week/day to work on that specific area in the given month.  I plan to actually put time slots on my calendar.
  6. Make your goals for that room SMART

*If your home is larger than mine, or spaces are very cluttered or disorganized you may need to select the most important areas to accomplish this year.

Remember this is an ongoing, progressive project.

My 12 month plan to an organized home:

January:     Office This will be our largest project of the year. Best to start it when we’re most motivated. Plus we will likely be couped up inside due to cold MIdwest winters.

February:   Closets (linen, coat, upstairs hallway). This is a short month so I wanted a shorter project, plus I anticipate the office may take more than just January to complete.

March:  Our bedroom and closets.

April:  Back Porch. This is a three seasons porch that often times becomes the dumping ground for items on their way into or out of the house.

May: Garage. It’s time to get the patio furniture out and a great time to sort through what we use and don’t use anymore. Plus, I can give Brian some summer organizational projects that require his woodworking skills.

June: The Girls bedrooms and closets.  They will be out of school and day care and able to help. You will see a return of my philosophy from: “How to Help a Pack Rat Get Organized.”  We have more time in June since I’m off with the girls so tackling both rooms should be manageable.

July: Bathrooms. We have two and neither is large, so this is perfect for the month that is busy due to birthdays.

August: Living Room and Dining Room

September: Kitchen

October: Attic. The weather will not be too hot or cold, which makes it the perfect weather to be in the attic. Additionally, this is where we store out of season clothes for the girls so we can work on switching them out at the same time.

November: Basement storage area. This is also where we like to store presents and gift wrap so it will definitely be getting a lot of use at this time of year.

December: Basement living area.

Therefore with this plan in 12 months I will have decluttered/organized every area of my home and be ready to it again next year. However, I am certain that subsequent years will take far less time.

Are you ready to join me in a year of home organization?

Together we can organize, declutter and simplify our lives in 2018.


Be sure to follow Minuteswithmeg on Facebook and Instagram for pictures, updates and motivation. I will be sure to offer tips for organizing each of these spaces as I work through them with you. Let’s help each other get organized in the new  year.

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