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5 Ways to Organize Your Home for a Happy New Year

by | Jan 3, 2018 | Decorating Inspiration

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Hello, friends! As we are beginning a new year, many of us are ready to start working on personal goals or dreams. Those of us with “house-shaped hearts” know that our home plays a big role in how we feel and the life we live, too. I really do believe that being organized in our home makes a significant difference in fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions!

It’s an excellent time to consider how each space in our home serves us (or doesn’t) and find simple ways to make some improvements so our home can better support our goals. Organization offers us more time for what matters to us. Best of all, streamlining and organizing means we can live with less stress and more joy every day.

Here are five ways to organize your home for your happiest New Year yet!

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Set up a space for pursuing your goals.

It’s a new year, so harness the power of possibilities this year. Start with a space dedicated to inspiring your goals. You don’t have to have a big house in order to have space for working or dreaming. You can set up a little nook, or a secretary desk, a craft table, a shelf in a closet…or carve out an entire office space. Create a place to keep your supplies so you can grab what you need easily. Create a vision board to inspire you to dream and go for your goals. Get yourself a special box or binder to keep papers organized and streamlined. Set out a planner for goal setting and time management.

Get inspired by these creative studios and craft rooms and these pretty office inspiration boards. (And if you see blogging in your plans, check out my post with tips and secrets to success!)

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Live your best life with a streamlined entry.

A streamlined entry really can help set the tone for the life you want to live. Getting out the door in the morning can be a hectic experience if you don’t have simple organizational systems in place. And let’s face it, arriving home to a cluttered entry isn’t the best way to be welcomed home. Being able to walk in the front door without tripping on shoes and backpacks is basically living my best life, if you know what I mean. If you don’t have enough closet space for your entry, add plenty of hooks and baskets so your floor can remain clear.

Get inspired by my daughter Kylee’s townhouse entry hall and these Solutions for a Small or Non-Existent Entry.

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Prepare your pantry for wellness resolutions.

Feeling energetic and healthy is important to our overall sense of well-being. If your New Year’s goals include eating well and taking better care of yourself, take some time to get your kitchen and pantry organized to support your wellness goals!

Clear out the junk and packaged food you don’t want to eat. Yes, that means clear out your fridge of all those leftover holiday goodies. Toss the unhealthy stuff so there isn’t even a temptation to finish it. Write down recipes you plan to make and shop in advance for fresh and healthy food.

A streamlined attractive pantry can be inspiring and motivating. Transfer bulk goods from bags into glass jars for a more visually appealing way to see what you have on hand. Prepare a healthy snack drawer or bin. Tape up a list of recipes and meals that are easy to prepare so you can fix a healthy meal or snack almost as quickly as you could speed dial a pizza delivery.

Get inspired for your healthiest year yet

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Create a getaway from daily stress.

If you have a lot going on this year, you’ll want a place to recharge. A trip to Hawaii would be amazing, of course (right?), but consider ways that your own bedroom at home could inspire rest and rejuvenation every day. Streamline the storage and eliminate clutter so when you enter the room, you instantly feel the pressures of the day melt away!

Get inspired by these 7 Ways to Transform Your Bedroom on a Budget.

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Streamline surfaces for simplified living.

One of the easiest steps you can take in organizing your home is to focus on streamlining the surfaces. Cluttered tables and floors make an entire room feel disorganized and can even alter how you live in your space.

Clearing off the surfaces can drastically change the entire room. Though ideally you may want every drawer and closet decluttered and organized, when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the mess, start by clearing off a surface! Streamlining surfaces is a manageable and tangible goal that can give you a sense of hope and accomplishment right away.

PS. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year. We sure did–it was such a nice restful time with family. I’m super excited to dive into more of a routine, although I remember from years past that it takes me about a week into January to reset and get into a rhythm again. It’s nice to give ourselves a grace week!

Happy New Year organizing, friends!

5 Ways to Organize Your Home for a Happy New Year

I share lots of simplifying and organizing inspiration in my book Make Room for What You Love. This book will help inspire new habits and change the way you look at your home! Grab a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

More posts to inspire home organization:

10 Habits of People with Organized Houses

9 Ways to Get Organized Now

How to Declutter When Too Much Sparks Joy. (Design chaos syndrome is a thing. Do you have it?)

The Secret to Getting Organized

How to Get Organized in a Small House

How to Declutter Your Home: 5 Daily Habits for a Clean House

Lovely Bathroom Storage Solutions

10 Livable and Functional Spaces (Organizational Style)


  1. Deanna Rabe

    I love reorganizing in January!

    I find that every year my family’s needs are different, so each year we organize to meet those needs.

  2. Debbie - MountainMama

    I definitely want to do some more focusing on living healthy and look forward to starting my essential oil routines….in addition to other changes I hope to make throughout the year. These are all inspiring spaces, you would hate my lack of an entry in my house – it’s a struggle no doubt. I have a boot tray for snowy boots/shoes and then a basket next to it for slippers and some coat hooks above. Good plan, right? Unfortunately I’m constantly tripping over the boot tray….sigh. It is what it is and I shall just continue to make the best of it! Happy New Year, Melissa!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Happy New Year, Debbie! SO excited to have you joining us on this essential oil adventure. It’s be wonderful, we really enjoy it!

  3. Alda Ellis

    great blog post, great pictures! I always love your blog, for there is always something I can “take away”. Hope your new year is blessed and joyous. warm hugs!

  4. karen murdoch

    Happy New Year Melissa and God Bless from rainy England! x

  5. Karen

    I’m starting my reorg by decluttering! Realizing we just have too much stuff in our small house!! Someday I hope to have a house that resembles the lovely pics in your post. :) – Karen

  6. Julie Briones

    Newbie, here! Great post, and very helpful! I received your book, “The Inspired Room” for Christmas. After hearing rave reviews from Yvonne and Decorating Tips & Tricks, I put it on my wish list. :-) LOVE the book! Trekkin’ on over to see your post on blogging, as I will be launching soon. Thank you, again!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Julie! So glad you came by and I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the book!! Thanks for visiting and good luck with your new blog!

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