Welcome to 2023!
The ball dropped and the champagne toasts finished weeks ago.
(Can you believe how time flies?)
Now it’s time to focus the year before us . . . before it’s spring!
And yes, many of us make New Year’s Resolutions each year. Studies have shown that nearly 25% of us give up on our resolutions within the first week. And to be honest, 1/3 of us don’t make it to the end of the month.
You can make a resolution stick this time! This is your year.
No matter what, these 4 little habits will help you beat those resolution odds and achieve your goal to have a less-cluttered life.
The hardest part of any change is just showing up and being willing to do the work. Every big goal is achieved with small daily habits. Whether you tackle these new habits back-to-back or spread them out over a month, YAY YOU for showing up for yourself.
Here are 4 organizing habits we know will lead to higher productivity in 2023.
These habits will help you find joy in your spaces!
Do you ever wake up thinking “I didn’t get enough sleep” or “I don’t have enough time”? Before the day has even started, we’re already behind, already losing, and already lacking . . . something.
I recently read the book Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven, a retired Navy SEAL.
The premise is that making your bed each morning sets the tone for your day, encouraging you to pursue your goals.
Starting your day with a win can instantly improve your mood and boost productivity. To quote Admiral McRaven, making the bed is a “Little thing that can change your life . . . and maybe the world.”
The book is great. I recommend adding it to your reading list (if you have one).
A few morning minutes of ‘room self-care’ will have a positive impact on the rest of your day.
My goal for organizing clients isn’t just a short-term transformation. Tidy spaces can easily fall back into chaos. We have all made our own clothing mounds!
For lasting change, you need a system where everything has a place, and habits to return items back to their place.
Before you go to bed tonight, do a quick sort of any piles of clothes in your bedroom:
How does it feel to not have those piles on the floor or bed? Even piles of clean laundry are a visual reminder of unfinished tasks. Clutter stresses us out!
A tidier sleep space helps you rest easier.
Take just a few minutes to do this each night. Your room will be EASY to tidy over time. You might catch yourself thinking “I’m an organized person!” from time to time.
No matter how your day went, you can give yourself a little bit of self-care by clearing out your clothes at night to set the tone for a great night’s sleep and a calmer morning.
Decluttering is often the first step to organizing.
If you’re not using it or don’t love it – set it free!
Less stuff means less to pick up or step over to find what you like/need.
We ALL have to do this regularly. Unwanted gifts, unused purchases, things we no longer need – it adds up over time. Just because someone gave it to you doesn’t mean you have to keep it at all, and definitely not for forever.
No one is keeping tabs on what’s stashed away in your closets but you.
Let’s take regular take inventory of clutter and let it go:
I encourage you to start small.
Need some ideas?
Here are some easy spots to find clutter:
Remember, donating is not throwing away.
You’re just passing it along to someone else who could love it more than you right now. Let your items find their new happy homes!
Kitchens and pantries are the most frequent areas our organizing clients ask us to organize.
We always start with decluttering by pulling out expired or stale items.
Start the new year by taking 15 minutes to eliminate expired items.
We’ve all purchased a specialty ingredient for a recipe or tried something new that didn’t stick. Clear out your pantry a make space so you can find the food you actually eat.
Plus, nothing makes me feel like making healthy food choices than a bright, clean, tidy fridge! It might help you achieve some other new year’s goals!
Start with one of these categories for a quick win:
Remember, if you don’t love an ingredient, it is ok to set it free and make room for your new and exciting flavors!
How is your journey going? What things were you able to accomplish in following these habits? What did you like or what was hard about this series? We’re ALWAYS up for talking about organizing.
You are not alone in wanting to conquer your clutter! Let’s do it together.
Here are 3 ways to get plugged in:
At Joyful Spaces, we provide low-stress organizing sessions in Colorado Springs to help you conquer your clutter, and transform your space to make it creatively efficient, so you can get back to what you actually love!
We know that you want to be an organized person who has it all together.
In order to do that, you need to less stress from mess.
The problem is — you're surrounded by clutter, which makes you feel overwhelmed. We believe that getting your space organized shouldn't be so hard.
You shouldn't have to do it alone either!