It’s a brand New Year! Which means we leave behind what ever happened (or didn’t) in the past year and start fresh. The holiday decorations are packed away and it’s time to (figuratively) start over, set new goals, new ambitions and explore new paths in life.
What better way to start this new path than to de-clutter and organize our favorite place -Home. It feels so good to get organized, shed the old and embrace the new. If you are anything like me, an annual purge feels ‘cleansing’. I feel less burdened by “things” and I’m no longer worrying about “stuff”. When the calendar changes over to the new year, the first thing I start to do is to purge stuff. It’s an entire whole house de-cluttering and organization kind-of day on January 1st. This year, to help me capture everything I wanted to remember to do, I created this January Purge Checklist free printable.
January Purge Checklist
When I do my annual purge, I start at the top of the house and work my way downstairs. Typically, I start in the master bedroom and bathroom, work my way down the hallway, through each room and finishing in the 2nd floor main bathroom; before going downstairs. During this annual purge I also begin to organize. My opinion is that you can’t really purge without organizing along the way.
The room that takes the longest -my daughters. Shouldn’t be a surprise there. My gosh, she is a pack rat! I try not to visit her room. Unless I really have to because the OCD in me just cringes each time I see just how much stuff she can pack into her room. But, when it’s time, I take a deep breathe and step through the threshold. If you can visualize Edward Scissor Hands clipping the bushes outside….that’s me in her room at purge time!
With her though, I will typically stay on top of purging her clothes and shoes because she just assume walk around in clothes that are two sizes too small (and uncomfortable) than to tell me they are small. So, I definitely stay on top of that throughout the year! And as a rule, I also try to do this for myself and my husbands clothes. Mostly because I don’t like clutter and it’s just easier for me. If I haven’t worn something in the last year, it goes. If there are bowls that have lost their lids, they go too (you’d be surprised just how many go missing!). Where do the lids go, is my question!Filter out and donate your kids toys before the holiday because Santa will bring them more. Click To Tweet
Another technique I use is to filter through my daughters toys around early November-ish. I enroll her to help me decide which toys she is going to keep and which she will donate (because Santa will be bringing her more toys). We taught her early on about donating things in good condition, so that others who may not have them will benefit.
Next on the to-do list: cleaning. Don’t forget to sign up to the BTD Newsletter and you will automatically get notice when this cleaning printable is available.
Do you do a yearly purge and cleaning? If so, let me know how yours goes, I love hearing new tips!