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It seems like today is the day we’re normally starting the Declutter Challenge, but the first Monday of January is the latest possible date this year – January 7th! I almost thought of starting in December or even going one day shorter to 90 days just to start the challenge today, but ultimately it didn’t make as much sense as waiting. But, I know that so many of you are full of energy and momentum, you are just itching to get started getting organized. I get it! I feel it too!
I came up with a list to help give you some ideas on how to use your energy in a productive and positive way! Here’s what I think you should organize this week of New Years.
- It’s time to go through the holiday stuff and ditch what you don’t love anymore. Why store it until next year if you don’t love it? (Here’s some tips to putting away Christmas.)
- Get your planner ready. While there is nothing that says you can only start using a planner and get your time organized at the start of a New Year, it feels so good to start the year off with a plan. (Use whatever planner fits you, but personally I think my planners are awesome!)
- Get a head start decluttering problem areas. I know I’m always saying to just do the declutter challenge one day at a time, and to stay with the group, BUT, I also know that I put the very hardest place the very first week. Over the years, more people quit during Master Bedroom Closets than any other week. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you, but I’m more of a “let’s just get the truth out there so you can prepare yourself.” The first week of the Decluttering Challenge is going to be hard, so I think it is okay to get ahead of it and start early. (Get your printable so you know what to do!)
- Another way to prepare for the Declutter Challenge is to read, read, read. If you are not already busting with motivation to declutter, start reading. (See links above for what to read.)
- While I think Christmas break should be full of lots of fun for the kids, I don’t think it should be all fun. I think giving kids some jobs and responsibilities is good. I plan on my kids all deep cleaning their rooms this week. (I shared a FREE Room Cleaning Printable yesterday.)
- Come up with your “word” for 2019. (Read on for more info.)
My Word for 2019
Another thing I’m doing this New Years is thinking about my One Word Resolution? Have you heard of this before or do you have one? It is becoming really popular. I think it is great. Basically, you think of a word that summarizes your focus for change in the New Year.
My word (which I know is 2 words – ha!): Get Dressed.
Guess what, you can have an organized house and be in your pajamas 90% of the time! Ask me how I know … You may think I’m trying to make a joke out of this, but I’m a person who is a homebody by nature. Part of loving being home is simple: I enjoy pajamas and I don’t enjoy getting dressed every day. Yep, I said it. I sometimes shower and put pajamas BACK ON (clean ones, but still). The thing is, being in my pajamas stops me from doing things that are good for me – joining a friend on the spur of the moment, walking out to say hello to a neighbor, joining my kids for their bike rides, and more. Yes, if I really need to go somewhere, I get dressed, but I think my days would be better if I just get dressed automatically every day. This is huge for me. Another thing I can’t actually believe I am typing for the world to read, but whatever! If I can tell you this, I guess I’m just ready to confess it all. The flood gates are open. 😂
Honestly, I think those things are enough to keep you busy this week and hopefully have some time leftover to soak up some memories with friends and family. Let me know if you have a word for 2019!
Happy New Years!!!