January can be a catchall month for major changes, big resolutions, and big changes. But does anyone else feel overwhelmed and incapacitated? I don't usually do any big resolutions for the year - as I've gotten older I've been striving to make little changes and goals throughout the year that feel attainable and sustainable.
You've probably seen a lot of daily organizing calendars for January where you work on something every day. Hello, failure! We all have busy lives - work, family, friends, relaxation - and we need small doses of success to incorporate into our already bustling lives. We have created a checklist of 28 things you can work on whenever the mood strikes you! Some tasks are bigger than others, but all are attainable when it strikes your fancy.
Some of these tasks are bigger than others (closet, junk drawers), but you can break those bigger tasks down into even smaller ones to feel accomplished and finish a project.
Join us on our blog for breakdowns of each category for specific tips and tricks to get started on your organization journey!
- Start with a small task to get you in the organizing/purging mood.
- If you own a lot of one category, consider splitting it up into even smaller categories. For example, if you own a lot of clothes - split up your organizing/purging sessions into leggings, jeans, long sleeve shirts, dresses, t-shirts, sweatshirts.
- Splitting up categories into smaller, more manageable ones helps you avoid the dreaded Mid-Project Regret (AKA half way through a project you regret starting it and start losing steam, and don't want to finish...therefore it just sits there undone for longer than we'd like to admit).
- Don't feel like you need to tackle this all in a month or even two. You want to organize/purge your life to create systems that are sustainable long term. Bonus points if you can create systems that your family will also use!
- As you start to tackle categories/areas, gather a bin for any items that don't belong in that area. You might even need several bins. As you find something that doesn't belong, put it in the bin to deal with in the correct area/room for later. This will help you stay focused and not side-tracked with a new project.