I want a pretty, meaningful home that serves our family really well, a home that I look forward to coming home to, a home that doesn’t feel like a looming to do list as soon as I walk in the door.
I’m guessing that’s the kind of home you want too.
Here’s the thing. It’s more powerful to change how you think about your home than to change some random habit. Bonus, it’s less work too!
When our thoughts and approach to our home are lined up with our priorities, then the actions come a lot easier.
1. Check Your Mindset
✨”There is more joy to be found in owning less than can ever be found in organizing more.” ✨ I’ve latched onto this quote from Joshua Becker for a few years now.
When I first read these words I desperately hoped they were true, because for years I assumed my problem was that I wasn’t a natural organizer and I needed to learn how to organize better.
Organizing to perfection is one way to have a tidy home, but there’s another perfectly valid way that works great for imperfectionists like us–SIMPLY HAVE LESS STUFF. Praise hands! ??
Does that mean I have to get rid of stuff to the point of sadness, emptiness and total lack? No way, why do we automatically take it to that extreme?! It means we’re allowed to keep only the stuff that we adore, the stuff that we truly use and need, and we are free to get rid of the rest.
It means we get to, and need to, be mindful of having ENOUGH.
For the past two years, I’ve tried to live by the motto ’tis better to own less, than organize more. Maybe you are ready to believe that too?
2. Adopt One New Habit
Once I have the right focus–I’m able to put into practice all those fabulous tips that the organizing gurus are sharing!! NOPE. Don’t try to incorporate every good idea at once. Instead focus on one tip that can become a habit.
One of my favorite organizing queens is Marie Kondo, and the one tip of hers that has altered the way I’m able to see what I really have so that I can draw that line at ENOUGH is to ?? sort by category, not by location.??
Stop the world.
I’ve been decluttering and organizing wrong my entire life and didn’t realize it!
In the olden days I’d pick a room or a drawer or a area and make all sorts of decluttering decisions based on what was in that area. But then, two days later (if was lucky enough to stick with my organizing goals that long) I’d come to another part of the house that held the same kind of stuff, and I made more decisions based on what was in that area.
Don’t do what I did.
Instead of organizing/decluttering all my office supplies at once, I had to organize office stuff three different times, once in the living room when I got to the drawer of Pens N’Stuff, once in the kitchen when I got to the other drawer of Pens N’Stuff and once again when I got to my actual office full of Pens N’Stuff.
Marie taught me to organize all my Pens N’Stuff at one time. Category, not location. GLORY!
This year, instead of starting off with gusto only to leave behind half finished projects, consider picking a new mindset and one new habit to try out in your home.
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