It’s a new year and many of us seek out new organizational techniques and set goals to declutter our lives.
About a year ago, I read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. I thought with the new year it would be a great time to share some of the things I have adapted over the past year. It has been a year since I read the book, but I continue to implement many of the tips I learned from the book. It can be overwhelming to adapt to some of these lifestyle changes, but if you know me – I need to be organized and I DO NOT like clutter. My kids sometimes get upset and tell me that “I get rid of everything.” I really HATE clutter. It makes my heart race and we all know that’s not a good thing.
The book is a wonderful step-by-step guide on how to declutter, organize, and simplify your home. Not all of Marie’s tips will resinate with you, but I am sure you will find a few great take-aways.
Here are a few things that stuck with me over the past year:
1. Storage is not the answer to clutter. Every January you see stores filled with storage bins and people “pinning” all sorts of storage ideas. Think about decluttering and donating - not filling more bins to place in the attic.
2. Keep an empty shopping bag in the bottom of your closet and place things in it that no longer fit or that you truly just don’t love. Keep what you really wear and what fits. If you lose those 10 pounds than you deserve a few new things in your wardrobe anyway!
3. Don’t let the kids school papers pile up. When the kids come home – empty the backpacks and place papers on the kitchen counter. We can’t cook until those papers are recycled, signed and put back in their place so this location works well for us.
4. Pass along extra holiday decorations to a friend or donate to Goodwill. Really any décor you don’t love or need – keep what you really enjoy.
5. Stand your folded clothes upright in the drawer – this is one of my favorite new tricks.
6. And finally - I snagged this tagline from someone and it’s great “A tidy home is a happy home and a happier you.” I always tell my mom that “A cluttered home is a cluttered mind.”
Happy New Year!