I’ve always loved two things: beginnings and change. The beginning of a new year brings about new challenges and goals. Start the year off on the right foot and get organized for the new year.
I don’t know about you, but it feels as if we just served up Thanksgiving dinner, did a quick pirouette around the kitchen, and now it’s 2019! Wouldn’t it be nice to start it off on the right foot?
If you ended the year on a disorganized note, it’s time to make some changes. Whether you imagine what you want for each space or purge your home of clutter, there are ways to get organized for the new year.
I LOVE to organize. It’s therapy and so soothing – not to mention rewarding. When everything’s in its place, I feel more prepared to take on any curveball that heads our way. Being in a blended family, curveballs are inevitable and frequent. Staying organized helps us keep our cool.
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Ways to Get Organized
As cheesy as it sounds, picture how you want your life to play out for 2019. Make lists and create goals for yourself. Then, plan the steps you will take to reach those goals.
A book that has helped me tremendously is the 12 Week Year.
It breaks down our goal-setting follies and gives no-nonsense approach to getting shit done. Instead of making annual and even monthly goals, it breaks down goals into 12 week increments. You can only have so many bad days in 12 weeks, so you either fail or succeed with your goals.
Goal setting and visualizing puts you in the spirit of starting a new year on a fresh note.
Cleanse Your Space
Before you light up the sage, I’m really referring to cleansing mentally.
This past year has been a HUGE learning experience for me. One lesson that sticks out the most is understanding that I will never be able to please everyone. I’ve cleansed my mind of those urges to please just to keep the peace. That’s not healthy, and I refuse to bring that negativity into 2019.
As much as I love seeing the happiness in others, it’s not worth my sanity to be sad/inconvenienced/put out to make that happen. While there’s exception to everything, putting your mental health first (without infringing on others) is paramount to anyone being satisfied with your decisions.
Every once in a while, I like to cleanse my Facebook and Instagram feeds. Unfollowing those who are negative or aren’t really adding any positive value to your life, need to go!
Recently, I talked about how to stay organized during the holidays. Even though the holidays have come and gone, those tips are still great to keep handy when planning your next purge.
Whatever space you’re working on, have a pile for Keep, Trash, and Donate. As you go through each small area, separate the items. The key is to get rid of the items to be donated as soon as possible before you start to second-guess yourself. Trust your gut here!
Organize Your Calendar
It’s easy to get caught up in the planner craze. There are so many cute ones out there! I’ve really fallen in love with a paper planner for my own personal appointments and to-do lists. Then, to keep track of important events and appointments with the husband and Nikolai, we use a Google Calendar.
I always reconcile my planner with my Google Calendar, then make adjustments as necessary.
Start a Routine
Routines are at the heart of organization. It’s like automation for the mind, body and soul. Setting a schedule for waking up, bedtimes, meal times and even housework will help you navigate any curve balls that come your way.
A great trick I use is the 5 Second Rule. It takes 5 seconds for your brain to kick in and talk you out of your thoughts. When an idea or urge to do something productive hits, act on it!
How do you stay organized going into a new year?