Earlier this month, we challenged you with a New Year’s resolution: This is our year. In 2017, we’re all going to make it happen. Whether you’re looking for a promotion, buying a house, getting ripped, or finding “the one,” it all starts with organization.

If we’re going to make 2017 a great year, we’ve gotta start by getting our ducks in a row. Clean away the distractions so we can focus on achieving our goals.

Don’t underestimate the power of organization. Dealing with your projects is a great way to feel better about your life. Storage Direct is here to help. Here are four more of the best steps for you to follow to achieve all your year’s goals. We’ve got a good feeling about this.

 

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Clean Out the Garage

Garages fill up with stuff. It’s what they do. Hockey sticks, tennis rackets, bikes, wheelbarrows… All that vaguely “outdoor” stuff ends up decorating your garage. Since it’s out of the way, garages also tend to be cleaned less frequently.

When you think about it, though, you’ll probably be in your garage everyday, if only in passing. If it’s full to bursting with old stuff you never use anymore, it can start to weigh on you. You walk by the mess everyday, and eventually you start thinking about what a big project it’ll be to deal with. Then, you’re getting a little dose of stress every time you leave or come back to your house!

Don’t let it get to that point. Go through the stuff in your garage and throw out, sell, or donate anything you’re not going to use anymore. Be honest. Do you really need your Bo staff anymore?  

 

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Deal With the Basement

Stuff that follows you from home to home, stuff you never use but can’t get rid of, and a lot of stuff you don’t even know you have–it probably all ends up in the basement. The problem is, once you get into the habit of throwing random stuff in the basement, it’s hard to break. Then you end up with boxes of old stuff you’ll probably never look at again! It sounds like a hassle, but you have to do something about all of it eventually.

Schedule an afternoon some weekend to venture down into your basement. Methodically go through each container of stuff, and ask yourself whether you need its contents. You don’t have to toss priceless family keepsakes, but there’s definitely something collecting dust that you don’t really care about. If you can donating or disposing of that stuff makes a huge difference in how you feel. Really, it’s quite a bargain for an old tackle box and a powder blue tuxedo from 1986.  

 

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Plan Out Your Year

Goals are easier to follow through on when you have a specific game plan. When you know what you have to do day-to-day, week-to-week, you always have something positive to work towards and you never feel overwhelmed by the scope of your goal. “Lose 10 pounds by next January” sounds scary, but “go to the gym every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday” doesn’t sound bad. Well, it sounds less bad, anyway.

Look out for obligations you may have in the coming year. Birthdays, weddings, baby showers, parties, concerts–that kind of thing. Make a note of them and consider programming a reminder on your phone. Build your schedule around these obligations. Obviously, you should also make room to accommodate for the unexpected. Be as ambitious or as modest as you like. Once you’ve laid your goals out in front of you and broken them down into bite-sized pieces, they start to feel real. Even better, they’ll start to feel achievable–because they are!

 

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List Your Projects

While you’re building out your year’s schedule, take the time to think about anything else you’d like to accomplish eventually. Maybe you need to repaint the bathrooms or buy new carpet for your living room. Maybe you’d like to finally read that book your dad loaned you that you’d forgotten about. No matter what kind of project you’re thinking about, write it down. You could even categorize these projects–as “short term” and “long term,” for instance.

When you’ve written down the projects you want to do, think about your year. Can you make time for any of these this year? Long weekends? Quiet weeks? If you can, schedule a time to start in on one of your long-term projects. Just knowing when you’re going to do something will help you stress out about it less, even before you’ve started actually doing it! Leave yourself some time to adapt to changing circumstances, of course, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Maybe you could start by tackling a manageable project in steps. If you like how that feels, you could add a few more projects to your calendar.

 

 

Organization is important because it’s one of the best ways to manage stress. When you have a million things hanging over you, it’s easy to break down and get nothing done. When you’re organized, however, you always have a place to start and a place to go, so you never get overwhelmed.

By getting your house and schedule sorted, you’ll be ready to tackle whatever 2017 has in store (heh). And remember, if you need a little extra space, Storage Direct is always more than ready to help. Find a location that works for you and give us a call today. Together, we’re going to make 2017 a great year!