One of the things that I really want to make a priority in 2016 is to get ORGANIZED. Right now, I feel like my space is so cluttered that I have no idea where to even turn. I’ve started looking into some cleaning challenges and goal-setting groups, so I really hope that these programs kick my ass into cleaning my space. I’m just getting started at this point, but I’ve already made a few strides in getting rid of all my crap.
- Four bins. Everyone says three bins; I say four bins. I have the traditional DONATE, TRASH, and KEEP, but I also added SELL. I have a lot of things that somebody else could get a use out of that I would rather just post on a Facebook page and get rid of for a couple bucks than just toss it in the trash. I’m giving myself the deadline of it sitting for two weeks, then it’s either going into DONATE or TRASH. I know that it’s an extra step in the decluttering process, but I’d like to put a couple bucks in my pocket whenever possible while I get organized!
- Joy. I’ve learned this from a few other bloggers recently who have hopped on the train for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If something doesn’t genuinely bring me joy, then it doesn’t belong in my space. There are a few things that I’ve parted with that I’ve been holding onto ‘just in case’ or for sentimental reasons, and it was so hard to let them go. But in the grand scheme of things, I’d like to see floor more than I’d like to view those old VHS tapes of my favorite kids’ shows.
- Small chunks. Just like in my post about getting healthy in the new year, it’s important to get organized in little chunks. I have an issue with both food and cleaning where my eyes are bigger than my stomach. I try to take on too many things at once, then I’m left with a giant pile of clothes at the foot of my bed that I just ignore for a week because I’m so overwhelmed. A lot of the resources I’ve been using this year have said that it’s important to do things in small and manageable chunks, like fifteen minutes of cleaning at a time. I’ve also heard that you shouldn’t pull out more than an hour’s worth of cleaning at a time, since it’s likely that you can get that done.
- Putting it away! I’ve been trying really hard to put things AWAY whenever I’m done with them, instead of putting them on whatever surface is closest. Even though it’s a lot easier to leave my book on the staircase to collect dust for months, I’ve been trying to carry things up to my room when I’m done with them. There are still some ‘dumping spots’ in my room where things just accumulate, but at least I can shut my door!
- Breathe. I’m one of those people who can get very overeager about goals and try to do everything all at once, but it always backfires. Especially with my chronic illnesses, it can be difficult to do heavy lifting and deep cleaning for long chunks of time. That’s why I always need to take a step back and just breathe when I get overwhelmed or frustrated. At least I’m getting things accomplished and slowly getting organized!
I’m hoping that this year shapes up to be a good year for getting rid of stuff, as well as organizing my space. How are you going to clean up your life for 2016?