January may be my favorite month. Really… (totally nothing to do with my birthday, I swear)
I love the sense of new, the possibility.
365 brand new adventures ahead.
But before setting out on any adventures, you have to get things in order.
Take my advice. Edit & organize these 4 areas of your life to launch the new year.
Less stuff to care for gives you more time for adventures – so get to it!
4 Things to Edit & Organize every January
- Holiday/Christmas decorations
Do not put it away again if you you didn’t display it, use or love it this year.
Last year I did I deep edit of our Christmas decor. And guess what, we didn’t miss a thing this year.
Nobody said, “hey mom where is that fake garland you took out every year & put right back in the bin?”
After Christmas is a perfect time to edit your stash, as then we tend to be less sentimental. (Get that dead tree out of my living room – oops, that just popped out!)
During the holidays we accumulate lots of food ~ containers, leftovers & bowls covered with tin foil.
(UGH tin foil, I did a huge shop yesterday, only to tear off the last 6 inches of tin foil after putting it all away, except a new roll of tin foil – do you ALWAYS forget one thing too?)
Before I do the post holiday grocery shop, I clear out & clean the whole fridge.
Toss leftovers past their prime and the doggie bags.
Weed out jars & condiments checking for expiration dates. Tossing the expired & unused, like the coconut syrup bought here after returning from Hawaii. Never tasted as good on the mainland. Toss! Three dijon mustards open? Condense & toss!
Clear out & wipe down your whole fridge & freezer.
Take out drawers & wash in the sink.
I don’t put the drawers or door shelves in the dish washer. Once I did that & all the pieces melted. Probably safe on the upper rack these days. But fearing another meltdown, I hand wash.
Nothing like a sparkling clean fridge! Now go to the market for a restock & don’t forget the tin foil!
However you house your paperwork a good sorting should be done in January.
From insurance documents, bills & receipts to school reports and magazine tear sheets, every category needs to be edited & organized.
I went thru my magazine tear sheet file and tossed almost 2 inches of inspiration. Keep most of mine on Pinterest now.
A drawer with hanging file folders houses my paperwork. Each one of us has a file, even Emmett. Files for healthcare, auto/home insurance, school, my blog, volunteer work and more.
Having a file for each aspect of our lives that generates paperwork makes keeping, finding & editing easy. No big random piles to sort thru.
No matter how you keep your paperwork, this time of year it can be reduced.
Sort through looking for dates, duplicates, the now unimportant. Separate, condense & toss.
Also, go paperless on all you can.
Start of the year – best time to edit your wardrobe.
I do not stick firmly to the “if you haven’t worn it in a year give it away” mantra, ’cause I do pull out some oldies but goodies more than occasionally.
I apply the famous William Morris home quote to my wardrobe.
Do not have anything in your closet you don’t “know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”.
I edit the dated, ill fitting, the never really loved, but bought at TJ Max ’cause it was 70% off and stuff that I just don’t feel, well, beautiful wearing.
The useful, like my painting & gardening togs, stay but get weeded out…same thing with my cozy hang around clothes. Cozy doesn’t have to mean crummy.
Editing & organizing these 4 areas will leave you feeling terrific!
The photos are to inspire a clean & fresh feeling. Thought you would enjoy them more than seeing my less than ornaments, tin foil balls, insurance bills & pilly sweaters.
Do you get the urge to purge in January?
** Kelly **
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