This is the year.
The last few years we’ve had a lot on the go. I’m sure you have, too. I mean, doesn’t everybody?
And that’s great.
It’s great to be busy! To be out enjoying life…
Last year we undertook several big room makeovers, went on three major trips, and kept up with our boys busy sports schedule; all on top of both of us working full-time. We had a great year!
All of that didn’t leave much time for getting, or staying, organized.
And lately, I’ve been feeling it. Feeling the need to get on top of our “stuff”. And then I came upon this quote; and it really got me to thinking:
Do you ever have days where you feel like all you do is tidy up?
Pick things up. Put them away. Move items around your house from their landing place to their rightful place…
Again. and again. and again.
And even though I’m a really good tidier….I don’t want to doing so much tidying!
Do you ever just feel BURIED by your STUFF? Overwhelmed by it all?
Let’s get one thing straight, here.
I’m not moving deeply into the world of minimalism. Because let’s be honest. I like stuff. Pretty things. Useful things. Sentimental things.
But I have many things that don’t fit into any of these categories.
And that’s where I need to start. Purging. Downsizing. Letting go.
And I think it comes down to the fact that I’ve never given myself the TIME. The FOCUS. The PERMISSION. To make purging. downsizing. and letting go of “stuff” my most important goal.
Because honestly, I think this is a big job. At least as big as a room makeover. Maybe even more time consuming. And definitely less exciting. But I also think it’s likely to be way more life changing.
So I’m giving myself the next TEN weeks.
No other major projects. No huge room makeovers or big renovations.
I’ve come to the conclusion that to truly do this properly I need to dedicate myself to it… the time; the energy; and the focus.
I have a tendency to get excited by new projects and ideas and leave other, less glamorous ones in the dust. But I’m not going to do that this year. To use the words that used to make my parents tremble in fear: I’ve got a plan!
So here is the plan! Are you going to join me?!?
I made a list of the areas in my home that I feel we need to purge and reorganize, and I came up with ten major places. I have a few supplementary ones that I may add in, and I plan to tackle the garage as it’s own major project in the spring. I figure we need to have an “EXIT” location for the things we are purging/selling/donating/throwing away and the garage is that spot! But immediately after we finish the house; I plan to completely purge and reorganize / clean /make pretty the garage as well.
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Paperwork. The Command Center. Filing. School Papers. Aka the bane of my existence.
How to set it all up and create a system that works!
How to Tackle Paper Clutter & Organize it once & for all / Get & Stay Organized with a System: Essential Elements of a Command Center / Reorganizing my Command Center / Organizing Paperwork with a Colour Coded File System
The Kitchen. Cupboards. Drawers. The Pantry. Under the Sink. The Fridge. The Freezer. Menu Planning. Shopping.
Other kitchen organization related posts:
The Laundry Room. The Mud Room. The Cleaning Supplies.
The Bathrooms. Cabinets. Under the Sink. Cosmetics. All that extra junk.
The Linen Closet. How many sheets and towels do we really need?
The Master Bedroom. Closets. Dressers. Purging Your Clothes!!
The Kids’ Bedroom. Toys. Clothes. Storage. Clutter clutter clutter clutter…
The Playroom / Rec Room. Kid’s Spaces. Toys. Games. Books.
The Craft Room / Office. The zone where is all goes to wait.
I’m going to deal with: Filing, Kid’s Artwork, Keepsakes, Digital Family Photos etc.
And once you are done the challenge?? How to keep it up!
So each week over the course of this challenge, I’m going to share some inspiration and ideas with you as well as share my own personal journey and progress on the project for that week. I’m hoping that you might be inspired to join in and take these few weeks to focus on purging, organizing, and getting control of your home. I’m thinking it might be kind of life changing…
What do you think? Are you going to join in??
And here are some of my favourite organizing tools…