2018 New Years Home Organization Resolutions
2018 New Years Home Organization Resolutions
Time to make those 2018 New Years Home Organization Resolutions!!!! It’s that time again It’s here. 2018 is here! It’s worth saying again: Time to make those 2018 New Years Home Organization Resolutions. Rather than focus on the usual resolutions, I want to talk about boosting home productivity! How do we boost home productivity to a new level in 2018? I have three words for you-“map them out!”
Well, I find that mapping our intentions and then targets is much simpler and more effective than saying “let’s write down our goals and resolutions” for the new year. Just the word “goals” and “resolutions” are vague by design and meaning. And we know they are so easy to forget…..
Yet,our intentions state our specific passions and desires about something we care about and want to change. When we “intend” to do something, it is more intense that being “resolved” to do it. That’s why intentions are more powerful than resolutions!
So, now that we know we need to define our intentions for 2018, where do we begin? To me the best most effective and simplest way to do this is to follow my simple system:
First, we define our intentions, then map them or draw a picture of what we want to do to make the intention a reality, then develop specific routines for these maps, and carve out regular time to follow our routines.
There are some things to consider when we start:
1. People’s mindsets usually operate by season. We plan most of our lives around the seasons.
2. Spring means clean the home, plan our summer vacations, outings, graduations and weddings.
3. Summer means being outside and having fun with the family. In the US, we celebrate a lot of holidays in the summer-Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. We have lots of events to plan for. And then, it’s back to school!!!
4. In the fall, we turn our attention towards getting ready for the winter and the holidays.
Since I have a big garden and yard, I spend a lot of September and October cleaning the beds and preparing things for winter. We have cold winters so I have a lot of clean up and storage to attend to. Also, we need to take the time to prepare our pantries, kitchen and home for holiday feasts and parties.
In the winter, we celebrate the holidays and try our best to keep our home productive and organized. This is one of the most challenging times of the year to keep so much moving and have things fall into place and still relax and enjoy the season.
The key to successful home productivity starts with the right mindset that knows that if we keep things clutter free, we are ahead of the game.
Decluttering is the lions share of the labor when we organize our homes. I work the most with clients on this technique. Daily decluttering routines make your life so much more productive throughout the day, week and month. Here is what I do to keep things clutter free:
I have an old laptop in my basement and I use it to make cards and scrapbooks and I play my favorite exercise videos with it. I have not thought about cleaning the drives or maintaining that older computer in a year. This morning, just for kicks, I opened the back up drives and found 10 years of digital tax returns. Yikes. And, I thought that I put those in a safe place. Right! I also found some expensive software that I bought and still use that I needed backed up.
So, I need an intention for my older laptop. Since it is important to me, I need to:
Keep the drives clean
Not store important digital documents on it
Optimize the drive The drive was replaced two years ago, but I’m not supposed to forget about it. I want it to last. I love that old laptop.
Run diagnostics on it each month to keep it healthy and running great
Keep the software up to date for security purposes
Now, you see from this example, we need simple, specific intentions for what matters most….our home….our family….and our computers…. 🙂
And you now see, it is easy to map out your home organization intentions for the year. Grab a piece of paper, or your journal as you know how I love journals, and assign one intention per page. Write the intention at the top of the page and underneath it, literally draw boxes and answer:
Next time, we’ll talk about mapping our intentions by quarter…since we all follow a seasonal organizational flow. We can also chat about breaking these down by month and by the week. It is essential to remember that to succeed, we will only focus on one “thing” or “intention at a time. More about that in our next talk.
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