Not to be a cliche or anything, but I’ve got decluttering and organizing on the brain. Yes, it’s nearly a new year. And yes, most people seem to make New Year’s Resolutions about one of three things: Losing weight, getting out of debt, or getting organized.
The debt thing we, thank G-d, licked seven years ago. Sure, we’ve had our financial ups and downs since then (that happens to anyone – and especially those of us with variable income), but I’m very proud (and not just a little bit relieved) that we’ve never fallen back into that vicious cycle of consumer debt.
As for weight loss, well, I’ve lost 40 pounds over the last two years, and managed to keep it off (there’s been some 5-lb yo-yo’ing, but nothing too drastic). Of course, there are still another 15 pounds I’d really like to shed to be at my “wedding weight”. Truthfully, I find myself resisting and making all sorts of excuses for why I can’t quite go there yet. That said, my family has been discussing doing another Whole 30 — in fact, even my kids are asking for it! And you know us moms, we’ll do anything for our kids. 😉 So stay tuned, you may see that coming up later in January or February.
All this rambling brings us to the third most popular topic for New Year’s Resolution: Getting organized in your home! Those of you who have read KOAB for a while know that much like weight loss, decluttering is a perpetual thing for me (like here, or here, or here, or here — and those are only some of them!).
I have to believe that the ongoing nature of decluttering is actually pretty normal for most of us. It’s virtually impossible to stem the tide of STUFF that comes in our front doors — the paper clutter alone from our daily mail is overwhelming. Add to that the stuff my kids bring home everyday in their backpacks (most of which goes straight to the recycling bin – I’m not a very sentimental mom when it comes to art projects). And then there is my and my husband’s schtuff. When you add it all up, it can become pretty overwhelming, pretty quick!
When my family moved into our new home in August, we were on a mission to unpack every.single.box immediately. Within four days, we had our house 95% unpacked! And now… nearly five months later? We’re still holding firm at that same 95%.
The pictures that we said we’d hang up “later”? Yep, they’re still waiting to be hung. The closets that we quickly unpacked — just to get the boxes emptied and out of our house? They’re still a jumbled mess. The basement and the garage? Well, you can probably imagine… Rather than being our organized “behind the scenes” staging areas, they’re a black hole.
It’s high time I face these trouble spots. Not only do I hate the way our clutter looks (it just stresses me out visually!), I also really believe that when the behind the scenes stuff is streamlined and organized, the rest of our lives function more efficiently.
That’s why I’ve decided that I’m going to tackle one decluttering project a day during the month of January. I may give myself the weekends off. (Or I may use Sundays to catch up on three days worth of decluttering that I failed to do during the previous weeks.)
Some of these projects will be big – like the master bedroom closets — and some of them will be small — like the single “junk drawer” in the kitchen. But everyday, I will pick one area to thoroughly declutter — and then reorganize. Notice that I say I’ll declutter first? That’s because if I’ve learned anything thru my years of housework, it’s that you can’t organize clutter — at least not for the long-term.
In order to keep me accountable — and hopefully connect with those of you who also have decluttering on the brain — I plan to blog about as many of these little decluttering projects as possible. Yes, I’m going to air my dirty laundry (metaphorically and maybe even literally!) through blog posts and pictures.
I’m hoping some of you will join in this effort with me. Maybe you’re willing to take on one project a day (remember: small ones count!). Perhaps you’d rather pick four projects, and give yourself a week to work on each of one. Maybe you just want to tackle your basement for once and for all. It’s all good!
Public accountability helps, my friends. So please: Leave a comment below and let me know if you’re thinking about decluttering – and what plans you have for the new year!