As the New Year comes and passes, many of us come to terms with our own selves and make our New Year's Resolutions usually around things like "save money", "lose weight", "quit that bad habit", etc. How about putting that effort into making new resolutions for your own home, such as redesigning your guestroom, painting the living room, or buying new linens for your bedroom?
Since many people's New Year's Resolutions are to "lose weight", let's work from there and talk about "losing weight" in your own home. In other words, declutter! Not only does clutter look bad, it also has a negative impact in your mood. Year after year we gain lots of "extra pounds" saving things at home we don't really need or use. Whether it's your closet or your desk, excess things in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. Basically..."mess causes stress"!
So if you decide to make decluttering your New Year's Resolution for 2017, here are some tips:
- Do one room at a time. Start with the room that most bothers you or that has more stuff (for example, the living areas where you entertain your guests). If you decide on one room per week or per month to declutter and maintain, it will be easier to stay focused on your goal.
- Make it a family activity. Clutter usually isn't caused by one person only, so bring the whole family on board! The gained sense of responsibility from each family member will make it easier to maintain in the future.
- The six month rule. My husband's personal favorite, especially when it comes to my clothes! Short and simple: if you haven't used it in 6 months, get rid of it!
- Rethink your relationship with each item. New York Times' best-seller "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Condo leaves us with the thought: "Does touching the item "spark joy"? If not, get rid of it!" (follow up on this here).
Considering that our homes are a reflection of who we are on the inside and their purpose is to bring us joy, warmth and comfort, think of losing all of that "excess fat" in your house as your 2017 resolution!