Welcome back to life! I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed the long Christmas break, the last couple of days I was starting to get a little stir crazy. Turns out too much lounging around isn’t necessarily a good thing! I was sad to see our Christmas decor go, and now our home looks so bare. My son takes after me and was sad too. Last year, I welcomed all the clean and clear spaces. This year, I’m anxious to bring the feeling of life back. Bye, bye Christmas tree! Until next year . . .
On to January, the month where cleaning and organizing takes center stage as we try to declutter and simplify our homes as well as our hectic and busy lives. We tend to keep things pretty clean and organized around here, but, like any household, we have our “trouble spots” or areas that need a good clean out and reorganization every once in a while. Places like our pantry usually require a yearly refresh. And the paperwork is a never-ending process.
Instead of doing a broad “get organized” challenge this month, I brainstormed a list of the Top 10 areas of our house that really need attention and came up with the following list: Refrigerator, Pantry, Cleaning Supplies, Gadgets/Cords, Paperwork, Clothes, Kid Clothes, Mudroom Cabinets, Linen Closet/Medicine Cabinet, and Toys.
I know that many of these areas will take a good bit of time to complete, so I’m not setting unrealistic goals like complete a job everyday, but I will spend some time each day working toward getting them done. My big goal would be to complete them all this January.
To map it out, I went ahead and created a loose calendar schedule for when I plan to do each task. Blogging the whole process will take longer due to the before and after photos, so I’m accounting for that too. First up will be tomorrow where I tackle the fridge. After that, the pantry and so on.
I made a blank list for you too in case you’d like to organize along with me. I’d be curious to hear what spots top your list!
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Update: You can see the organizing challenges I’ve completed so far here: