Is 2016 the year you’ve devoted to getting your home organized once and for all? While the idea may seem daunting, if you break it down into monthly tasks, by the time you’re raising a glass of champagne to welcome in 2017, you’ll have things well under control. Here’s a month-by-month look at how to get your Laguna Beach home in order

January – Set the Tone

Start the year off right by purging unwanted holiday decorations and organizing the remainder. Organize your home office or create a “command center” that will serve as the hub of home activities for the year. Set up a calendar to track and plan for events and important dates over the coming year

February – Prep for Tax Season

Nobody likes tax season (unless you’re an accountant), but getting a jump-start on paperwork will relieve much of the stress. Start collecting and organizing receipts and forms into a folder. This is also a great time to shred documents from the year you no longer need like old bank statements. Update insurance policies and organize computer files

March – Do the Dirty Work

Spring is on its way; now is the perfect time to do a deep clean. Create a four-week plan to tackle yearly or seasonal tasks such as cleaning gutters or having appliances serviced. Get the whole family involved and assign chores to everyone!

April – Beat the Bedroom Blahs

Dive into your bedroom closets this month and purge clothing that is worn, out of style, not to your liking or does not fit. Bring out spring and summer clothing and store winter wear like coats and bulky sweaters. Give mattresses a good vacuum

May – Clean the Kitchen

Barbecue season is quickly approaching - make sure your kitchen is ready to host all those parties. Service appliances and donate those you no longer need or don’t use (hello, Panini press!). Organize drawers, cabinets and pantry. Donate non-perishables and toss expired food

June – Get Outside

Clean and organize the garage, making places for seasonal items like ski and scuba gear. Clean outdoor living spaces, including patio furniture and outside appliances. Get pool and spa ready for summer parties

July – Bathroom Break

Thoroughly clean all bathrooms and powder rooms. Toss or donate unused toiletries, cosmetics and personal care items. Clean shower curtains. Purge unused linens and replace anything that’s too worn

August – Kid Around

Back-to-school season is here – get kids' rooms organized and prepped for school. Donate old toys and clothing. If your kids are grown, organize any items they’ve left behind and encourage them to take them to their own homes

September – Plan Ahead for the Holidays

Wouldn’t you love to feel ready for the holidays this year? Start making lists of gifts you’ll need, set dates for parties, organize holiday card lists and addresses, think about menu plans and start shopping early

October – Fall Cleaning

Get outdoor spaces cleaned and ready for winter. Organize photos and other keepsakes

November – Get Ready for Guests

Are you hosting this year? Prep guest areas and communal areas for family and friends who’ll be visiting over the next few weeks

December – Relax and Enjoy

The end of the year is often busy with parties, events and work obligations. Take time to relax and enjoy all your hard work throughout the year. You deserve it!

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