Daylight Saving time ends this Sunday. I’m more of a cold weather fan myself, but even I don’t enjoy the decrease in daylight. This is the time of year when comfort food becomes staple and naps become part of our regular routine. The decrease of natural Vitamin D provided by sunlight can certainly slow down our motivation.
But let’s try not to lose sight of the things that really matter in our lives. You may be working toward better health, becoming more financially savvy, or strengthening a relationship. Or you may be working toward a more organized household. You’re in luck! That last item just happens to be my specialty, and I can tell you how to get started.
Set goals now…before your motivation is zapped by winter weather. After the holidays is the perfect time to get started on your household organizing. We tend to spend more time indoors. And our calendar that was so packed during the spring and summer months becomes an awesome space for doodling. Sure, snow days are great for curling up with a good book, pulling out a huge puzzle to setup on your kitchen table, or watching a marathon of your favorite guilty pleasure on TV. But they’re also great for knocking out projects you’ve been putting off. These may include cleaning out the junk drawer or going through and organizing your huge box of pictures.
I recommend spending a little bit of time right now considering all that you’d like to accomplish before this spring. Make yourself a project to-do list for this winter. Go ahead and break your projects down into attainable goals for yourself so that it’s not too daunting. Plus, doing so will still allow you to have some lazy time on your sofa. At the end of the snow day, you will feel both accomplished AND rested!
Let regifting motivate you. If you need help getting started, begin by putting away all of the new treasures you received over the holidays. As you look at each item, really consider: Do I love this? Will I use it? If the answer to both questions is “no,” you could return or exchange it. You could also think of someone who could make use of it, and REGIFT. Look at that – Not only have you saved some of your precious space, you have already started your holiday shopping for next year! Two birds – just sayin…
Out with the old, in with the new. But what if you DO love it, or you WILL use it? Obviously, you will need to find a spot for it. As you think of where it belongs in your home, consider whether there may be something else you can get rid of to free up a little space. If the new item is part of a collection of things, for example, shoes, try to use the “one in, one out” policy. I have a shoe cubby in my closet. Admittedly, it’s relatively large and holds quite a few pairs of shoes, but every time I buy a new pair of shoes, an older pair has to go. I don’t allow myself to keep more pairs of shoes than my cubby can hold.
Making similar rules for yourself in various spaces of your home, particularly where things could easily get out of hand, will help maintain order in your space. It will also avoid you getting to a place where you eventually feel too overwhelmed to get started. (“I have, literally, 200 pairs of shoes in this closet, and I can’t even hang my clothes up in here anymore!”)
After you have considered and put away all of your lovely new things (You DO have a bag full of donations at this point, right? If not, you should!), it’s time to tackle one of the original projects you put on your to-do list. And right now is the perfect time for that because you now have momentum. Just imagine how accomplished you will feel when one of those is done! So…pull out that box of pictures that needs to be organized, turn on those “Real Housewives of (insert your favorite geographic location here),” and allow them to continue proving their outrageousness while you knock out those projects you’ve put off for far too long.
What are your organizing goals for this winter?