Give me 12 months and I will give you a de-cluttered home
Welcome to 12 Months to a De-cluttered Home. I’m so glad you are here!
If you are like me, you dream about the beautifully organized homes that you pin on Pinterest. Hoping and praying that by some small miracle just pinning these inspirations will magically de-clutter and organize your home.
How’s that working for you?
That’s what I thought.
It’s so easy to get trapped in the cycle of pinning helpful articles and organization eye candy on Pinterest and not really make any progress in your own home. I know, I’ve been there. And the truth is, I am still there. It doesn’t matter how much I love the neat and organized spaces I pin, committing the time, money, and energy to make it a reality is a huge challenge.
Whether your challenge is that you have two kids under 3 (like me), work too many hours a week, or just don’t know where to begin, I can help you.
What I want you to achieve
In this program, I will help you achieve small organization successes throughout the year. These will be much less painful than trying to tackle an entire home in a short burst. Because truthfully, I can barely focus on making a sandwich without a distraction, and by distraction I mean a child asking for something 50 times in a minute.
I’m not going to stress you out with trying to implement The Konmari method because that is OVERWHELMING! And not really for everyone.
No pressure of 30 days to a perfectly organized home that your family will not be allowed to live in for fear of messing it up. This is The Domestic Realist’s plan so you know you are in good hands and real life with a family is the biggest priority.
We are all busy for so many reasons but wish our homes were in better shape than they are. If you feel like at some point others are going to find out that you are a fraud, and you secretly have these hidden areas of chaos in your house, you are not alone.
In a backward attempt to get my own life in order I am going to help others break down the tasks and goals they have for their own home.
Knowing that you, my dear reader, are following along with your own projects will only give me that much more motivation for this to be the YEAR OF DE-CLUTTERING AND ORGANIZATION.
I imagine that being read in a loud and boisterous way. Or Morgan Freeman’s voice.
Join me as we work one month at a time to a realistically de-cluttered home. And who knows, you may be the Pinterest inspiration for others to be domestically realistic.
Food for thought
The reason why people fail or give up at weight loss or exercise is they are looking for the magic pill. Their hope is that in 30 days or less they are
skinny cured. This is why when it comes to a de-cluttered and organized home we are drawn to these claims on Pinterest. We WANT a more functional and less cluttered home and having that in 30 days would be A-MA-ZING.
So we start the program and get to work. We have a couple of successful days and then life happens. We get distracted. Which makes us discouraged. So we give up. The End.
Our house is still a disaster and we feel worse about it because we couldn’t even do 30 days. But let’s really think about this. Committing 30 days to working on a major project each day is not reasonable for most people. Most of the projects that need to be done in our homes cannot be realistically completed in one day. We have families that demand to be fed as much as 3 times a day! The horror! We have jobs, hobbies, errands to run, social events to attend, and sleeping is another task on our daily to-do lists.
So when looking at the most successful stories and people there is a common theme, slow and steady. They recognize small successes and allow themselves to cheat or take breaks, but they keep at it for days, then weeks, then months and years!
And lo and behold, they are successful!
How de-cluttering is really done
The goal is to work on ONE project a month and complete it 100%. Working on 5 projects at a time generally leads to burnout and failure. I want you to succeed 100% or even 50%. Because even 50% will improve the look and feel of your home! and give you the success you need to stay motivated.
Think about this:
If you work on a project for 15 minutes a day, Monday through Friday, you will have put over 5 hours into achieving your goal over the course of the month. If we all put 5 hours into any project in our homes what a world of difference that would make, right?
How the plan works:
You have 12 months of the year and will complete one organization project a month.
You can start any month of the year you want! Just start!
I have provided ideas of various household organization trouble spots. You decide which ones you would like to complete and in which order. And if you have any other ideas I’d love you to share them in the comment section!
Bonus: I’ve even included a few on the list that is typically in male-centered domains in the house so you can take a month off! You’re welcome! I suggest planning those for busy months like August when the kids start school or December when the holidays are in full swing!
Step 1: Print out the 12-month planner and fill in each month with which organization project you would like to complete.
Step 2: For each project, print out the blank checklist.
Step 3: List all the tasks needed to complete the project. So whether you have 10 minutes or an entire day (You didn’t fall out of your seat laughing did you?), you can work one step at a time and tackle one project in a month.
Step 4: List any items you may need to purchase to finish the project (ex: shelves to organize your media collection)
Step 5: Get to work! It’s that simple.
Step 6: To help keep you accountable, follow The Domestic Realist’s on Facebook and signup to receive the One Year to an Organized Home Newsletter.
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12 Months to a De-cluttered Home
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A couple of times a month I will post to the Facebook group asking how everyone’s progress is going that month and ask if they need any help with motivation or how to finish their project. The newsletter will be a quick reminder to plan for the month ahead and print your checklist!
The newsletter also provides you with access to the resource vault where you can download the printables for this project and any of the other printables available! More organization printables will be available throughout the year! Along with other items to help you make domestic life easier!
Let’s get to work! You got this!
However you decide to follow along with One Year to an Organized Home, it will help keep you accountable. I will be there to help keep you accountable and motivated as well! (Again, because I need the accountability as much as anyone! But let’s be honest, you may have a month that is a complete failure! And that’s okay. It’s life. We’ve all been there and will help you get right back on the horse. Figuratively speaking of course!
So what do you have to lose?
Even if you only finish a few of the month’s worth of projects your home will still be much more organized than it was before this program.
Let’s do it. Like now. Print a checklist and have some organization success!
P.S. Remember that each check off a list is something to celebrate! So share your success with the group on Facebook! And if you know anyone that would love to be a part of the project share away! The more the merrier and the more organized and happy mamas out there!
- Setting a timer for how long you want to work will help keep you focused. Knowing you only have to work for 10 minutes can give you the focus you need or help you refocus if time runs out too quickly!
- Get the kids and spouse to help with as many tasks as you can OR lock the door and have the spouse watch the kids so you can drink wine and work alone.
- Think about what happens each month. For example, de-cluttering and organizing paper items is good right before taxes are due, so I plan to do this in February or March.
- Even if you have a month that is unsuccessful, just move forward. You will still achieve a de-cluttered home, just one month later than you planned. IT’S OKAY! I promise!
- STOP LOOKING AT CLEAN HOMES ON PINTEREST!!! Not only is this a time suck but it will only set you up for failure. Stay focused on the task to meet your goal. Not someone else’s.