One thing I want to work on this year is getting organized. There’s just too much stuff around here and my entire life is getting cluttered with excess things, thoughts, and activities that I don’t need. Between blogging, homeschooling, regular household duties, and trying to get my own personal interests in line, I have way too much stuff and it’s taking over.
To give you an idea about the clutter I’m talking about, take a look at this drawer.
Yes those are banana clips in there, and yes that is a little jewelry box I’ve had since I was seven, and cassette tapes, and ok, I don’t even know what some of those things are. Now take your idea of what this drawer looks like and let’s apply this to the rest of my life. My calendar is disorganized, my social media needs to be cleaned up, my house is cluttered like this all over the place, and with all of this it’s no wonder my anxiety has been on the increase!
It’s time to do something about this mess.
I’ve already started getting some things straightened up and we have a huge pile of things ready to go out for donations, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some additional ideas for things I’ll be doing, all of them revolving around the idea of purging. Getting rid of the excess stuff. Less stuff means better organization and a happier me.
Magazines: I’ll be getting rid of extra magazines I don’t need by recycling them. Some of them will be used for homeschooling to create collages. If they are useful, such as our National Geographic collection, I’ll create some magazine holders and keep them on a shelf in an organized way.
Planners: Planners need to be updated. I always have good intentions to use them and I’ve discovered keeping track of things digitally just isn’t for me. I’m keeping way too much appointment clutter in my head and I need to jot things down in one single place so I know when our homeschool meet ups are, when Dr appointments are happening, and when I have other obligations. Amazingly, I have it all in my head and I’ve never missed a deadline or appointment. However those ideas are constantly running through my head and writing them down will make a big difference.
Hot Spots: Hot spots need to go! Hot spots are the flat surfaces in certain areas that just seem to attract clutter. I have a lot of these in my house. We’ll be taking care of everything, throwing away things as needed, finding a new home for them as necessary, and of course donating if it’s called for.
Pantry and Closets: My pantry and closets need to be weeded through. There are so many things I need to toss or donate. Clothes that don’t fit me anymore or that I never wear are taking up a huge portion of my closet! Seriously I just need to part with them. There really isn’t that much of a sentimental value to them. Looking in my pantry, why do I have Brita filters? We haven’t had a Brita pitcher in years. I have no clue why that is there!
Office: I’m lucky enough to have an office all to myself and I never use it! It’s a mess. It’s become a dumping ground for everyone to stash things when they don’t know what else to do with them. This year I’m closing out one of my businesses I no longer want to pursue, so I’ll get all of that taken care of and it will make more space to organize my blogging business and homeschooling documents. After that I’ll be creating a space for me. Surrounding myself with things I love (like my Lego Mini-Figs and my Dr. Who stuff) and making a comfortable pace for me to sit and unwind.
This is just the beginning and it’s nowhere near everything I need to do. It’s giving me a little bit of a focus on where I need to start and where I want to go with all of this organization. Hopefully you’ll see some more posts about my progress and bright ideas I’m using to get myself organized in the near future.
What tips do you have to stay organized? I’d love to hear your life hacks, tips and tricks. Share your favorites in the comments below.