Since the beginning of January many of us have begun to clean out and declutter our homes in an effort to become more organized. There is something about beginning a new year that makes us want to organize our homes and start the year with a clean slate so to speak. However, many people become overwhelmed when trying to organize their home. Below you will find several tips that will help you organize your home as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.Tip #1 When organizing your home start small. Start with just one room. Do not worry about the rest of the house; focus on one room at a time. For example, the kitchen. Just recently I decided to organize our kitchen drawers. We have lived in our current house for just over three years and they were a little messy. I emptied each drawer and cleaned it thoroughly then went through each item to decide if it needed to be put back in the drawer or tossed in the trash. You could also add a “donate” pile as well. Tip #2 When organizing closets pull everything out and determine if you have used it in the last year. If it has not been used then toss it or donate it. Hang all clothes on a hanger neatly. Use decorative boxes to store items on shelves. Shoes can be put on the floor or a shoe rack that will fit on the floor or you can find one that will hang on the inside of your closet door. Installing hooks is also a great way to store bags, hats, belts, etc. Tip #3 When organizing drawers look for inexpensive storage dividers at places like Target or the Container Store. I also enjoy using small decorative boxes that we have received gifts in. These are great for storing small items in drawers such as batteries, paperclips and pencils or pens. Tip #4 When organizing a room in your home, think outside the box. I love to use an assortment of different types of containers for storing things. I have a wonderful collection of baskets that store many types of items in our home. Consider using mason jars on a desk to hold pencils, pens, markers, etc. I am currently using a beautiful pitcher that we received as a gift to hold cooking utensils in our kitchen. Dare to be creative! Tip #5 The last and most important tip when organizing your home is that everything should have a place. Once you have spent the time and energy to organize make sure that things are put away at the end of the day. It does not take long and it relieves stress when trying to find something.