Get organized for 2018, this one tops my list of things I really need to focus on to start the year off right. We started last year with a big move that took a few months and I promised myself I would try and keep the clutter under control in our new place. Guess what, I failed. Well, kind of. I did clear out a ton of stuff, but there is still lots of room for improvement.
This year we have a few big changes in the works, I'll tell ya'll more about that soon. My goal is to truly get organized and create systems that make life easier with work and home life. I'm over the stuff! Cleaning the stuff, sorting the stuff, moving the stuff from place to place to bring in more stuff. It's time to simplify, get back to the basics and enjoy the things we love most. Everything else has got to go!
Which brings me to getting organized step #1…..
- Purge. Now is the perfect time to go through your house and get rid of all the things you no longer need, use or love. Work room by room. Pull clothing and items out of the closets and drawers. Make three piles: keep, store, donate/sell. When you pick up each item immediately recognize your first thought. If you don't love it, as in cherish it so much it brings you joy, and it's not something you need and use every day, then it goes in the donate/sell pile. If you find you are waivering and stuck on an item then stick it in the store pile. The store pile should be small so don't go crazy. When you are finished sorting place all your keeps back where they go. Decide whether to donate or sell items from the next pile and bag them up. Last, put your store items in a box and mark it with the date. If you do not open this box after one year, trash it. Don't even open it, just dispose of the whole box. You'll probably find you can't even remember what's in the box, which means you don't need it and it's time to go.
- Use a Day Planner. I'm a planner, I love planning and making lists and marking things down. My day planner literally is my life. It's all the important things that my mom brain just can't carry around or I would go crazy. Finding a good planner will change the way you manage your daily life. I need a big overview of everything and I also need to break it down into priorities so I don't get overwhelmed. I love the Day Designer planner because it gives me a view of our monthly dates and a daily run-down of my day. I can plan ahead and block out time to complete tasks in a way that keeps my brain from going haywire. There's also space to make lists so I can dump all the ideas I've got for the day and then prioritize them by importance. I can jot down our meal plan in the notes and I there's even a space for gratitude.
- Meal planning is another important part of being more organized and less stressed. It will save you time and money too! Before I planned our meals I pretty much wasted time roaming around the grocery store buying all the things. Then I'd get home and be too tired to cook and overwhelmed by putting away all the groceries I'd bought, so we would order pizza! We wasted so much food and our pantry was full of crap. Now I sit down at the beginning of each week and jot down our meals for each day. If I'm feeling uninspired I'll pop on my Pinterest dinner board and scroll through for ideas. Then I make a shopping list off of the things we need for our meal list and I try not to veer from the list. This year I'm working towards grocery delivery and ordering all of our groceries online.
- Cleaning. I'll admit, cleaning is just not something I stress about. I know people whose souls light up at the idea of a sparkling clean house, that's just not me. I'm more of a tidy-up daily and don't sweat the small stuff kinda girl. I have a mental cleaning checklist that makes me feel good every day: wipe down counters, clean sink, make the bed, load the dishwasher. Once a week I tackle the bigger stuff like sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, bathrooms… Sometimes it's two weeks. And that's ok, because no one has ever been harmed or hurt by the status of our home. But it's allowed me to spend more time with the people I love and have more fun. It's what works for me.
Mamas, please don't stress over your messy floors. Don't skip doing the fun stuff with your family so you can stay home and busy yourself with cleaning simply for the sake of cleaning. My biggest goal for this year is to be more present and in the moment. Because far too often my body is in one place and my brain is somewhere else, tracking the never-ending list of things I need to do.
- Simplify. Because less means more. Less stuff means more time. Time to spend doing things you love. Time to spend with your friends and family. I've spent the past few years trying to do more, be more…. all so we could have more. The funny thing is I find myself craving the days when we didn't have the things we've worked so hard for. I appreciate what we've accomplished and I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had, but honestly, I miss the days when I didn't even own a calendar and every day was wide open with possibility. The happiest moments of my life were the first years after my son was born, just being home with him without a care in the world. We spent our days exploring museums, shops and restaurants around town. We took naps, read books, listened to music and had picnics in the park. Time did not matter and we made every decision on a whim. I'd like to have those days back and maybe it's not possible now, but I'm going to try and get back to a work less, live more schedule.
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