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Getting a Fresh Start: 5 Practical Decluttering and Organizing Tips to Kickstart your New Year

As we step into the New Year, there is a natural inclination to create a fresh and organized living space. The process of decluttering and organizing is not just a quest for cleanliness and order; it is a therapeutic path that helps create a serene environment for my little family and me. Here are some practical decluttering and organizing tips that have made a difference in my approach as the new year begins:

  1. Focus on Your Foundation: When kicking off the decluttering process, I find it helpful to focus on the most lived-in rooms of our home, particularly those on the first floor. Tackling these areas first provides a solid foundation for a peaceful and well-organized environment. Our living room was a natural starting point that eventually extended to other areas of our home.
  2. Embrace the Serotonin Boost: I have always found joy in completing small tasks and the satisfaction of crossing things off my to-do list. I always have sticky notes at the ready to make little lists. This practice provides me with a significant serotonin boost, helping to alleviate stress and providing a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small the task may seem!
  3. Letting Go with Purpose: I come from a family of “collectors,” and breaking away from this trait is a constant journey!  I am now intentional about letting go of items that no longer serve a purpose, while being more deliberate about the things I choose to keep. This shift in mindset is helping me create a more clutter-free living space that I actually enjoy!
  4. Post-Holiday Cleanse: With Little B receiving many new items, the focus was on organizing and finding strategic ways to store and maintain the new additions to our home. After the excitement of the holidays, it was essential to “let go” of some younger toys as well as finding practical storage solutions for the pile of new things she received.
  5. Consistency is Key: Maintaining a tranquil and orderly living space requires daily upkeep. By implementing simple habits of tidiness after the initial decluttering, I have found it easier to maintain a harmonious environment throughout the year. 10-15 minutes of “puttering” after Little B goes to bed keeps things put away and helps me wind down for an evening of relaxation.

Decluttering and organizing in the new year is an opportunity to create a calming and functional space for my family. It’s not about chasing a particular lifestyle, but rather about fostering a sense of control and well-being in our home. As we navigate the Winter months in Michigan, focusing on indoor projects is a practical approach that promotes a calm and balanced living environment.

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