January always brings new ideals for the new year. Ours is a Whole Home Organization Challenge! A big bite at once, I know!
My husband used to have a subscription to Family Handyman magazine. I gave it to him as a gift. He was going to learn such great things and become inspired for working around the house, right? He hated it. He would say the only thing EVER on the front cover is organization. We’ve been married 17 years and I am here to tell you that home organization is a never ending process. My husband is actually a well organized person. It just comes natural to him. That doesn’t seem to help with the whole house though. After 17 years of marriage, we own a lot of stuff. Don’t you? We do not own a storage building, don’t have a garage, attic or basement. If we keep too much stuff, it creates clutter. Since clutter is a bad thing, being organized is always something we have to work on.
We have declared 2014 the year of Organization and Better Health at our house. We hit the ground running on the organization. We are participating in the 16 Week Home Organization Challenge (all links open in a separate window) sponsored by Renee over at Renew Your Space At Your Own Pace. Renee is a professional organizer with tons of encouragement and structured guidelines to glide you smoothly through the process. We are only 20 days into the new year, you have plenty of time to come on over and join us with this home organization challenge. We started in the kitchen which is why I shared the picture of all the coffee mugs we had in our cabinet. They just accumulated over time, that is how it happens.
The biggest reason we choose to participate in the 16 Week Home Organization Challenge was the support and encouragement. This type endeavor can quickly become overwhelming which is great cause for abandonment. Renee has a Facebook support group affiliated with the challenge where participants share their progress and encourage one another. She isn’t like a drill Sargent though. She doesn’t nag and is not pushy. Renee is very pleasant to work with and joy to know. In fact, if your home is already well organized but you have friends who could benefit from this opportunity, please share this with them so they can participate!! It is completely free!!
Now that we are well on our way to being organized, I did mention better health as one of our goals for this year also, didn’t I. We are working on that as well. We are preparing food that is better for us. That has been fun, trying new recipes. Check back here later this week for some great Super Bowl Ideas and Recipes which will include some tasty, healthy alternatives.