December 26, 2012

Craft Your Home: Remove Household Disorder

As the holidays wind down, new years resolutions wind up. 2013 will be the year to get shit done.

I just finished reading The  Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and am inspired to get a little more on track. I'm using her month by month approach to systematically tackle big projects with small steps. Each month, one goal at a time. 

This is what I have in mind for January: Remove Household Disorder. 
1. Eliminate Clutter:
Examining, top to bottom, each room and rid anything that no longer has a place in my life or a spot on a shelf. Clutter depletes a sense of balance and order. It increases anxiety, frustration and feelings of depression. It's time to get rid of the jeans that are a little too short or a little too tight. Time to get rid of that great sweater that's never been worn and so on. To maintain this goal, anytime a new purchase is made, something, in turn, must be thrown out or given away.

Being at home should feel energizing, not draining. At work, my desk is organized and tidy. I know exactly where everything is. Items I use most often are easily accessible.  This allows me to be efficient, productive and on par with tasks. At home, however, it's a different story. One kitchen cupboard is crammed with plastic containers.  It's a Tupperware avalanche at each opening.  First step in alleviating household disorder: Purge.

2. Create a Joyful Living Space:
 Nate Berkus said, " A home should be a reflection of your lifestyle and tell the story of the people who reside there over the years" 

If that's true people would think Sanford and Sons currently inhabit my apartment. January will be a time to establish a living space that's a reflection of who we are and one that evokes happiness.

Organizing and decorating with a more thoughtful approach will be necessary in maintaining this goal. Step two in alleviating household disorder: choosing warm colors, pictures that inspire, comfortable furniture and carving out an area for crafting, blogging and writing that novel I've always wanted to start.

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