Even though January is winding down, there’s still something so nice about a brand new year. It’s a fresh start, a chance to reflect, and an opportunity to embrace new things.
A new year isn’t the only time to embrace new things though. Any seasonal change, whether it's a new year or the beginning of spring or fall, is a great opportunity to reassess what’s serving you and what’s not. What do you want to hold on to? What can you let go of and feel lighter without?
Key questions to ask yourself
As you're organizing your space and wondering if you really need all that stuff surrounding you, ask yourself three important questions:
1. Do you need it?
2. Do you use it?
3. Do you love it?
If you answer yes to two out of three of those questions for any particular item, keep it! Give it a home that's accessible (like craft supplies in a caddy) or in a place of honor (like an heirloom vase on a mantle). It’s not doing you any good if it’s crammed in the corner of your closet collecting dust.
If it doesn’t make the cut, it’s time to let it go. You can donate it, sell it, or give it to someone you know. But give yourself a deadline to get rid of it so you don’t procrastinate and talk yourself into keeping it.
The hanger trick to manage your closet
If you have a closet full of clothes you never wear but you find it hard to part with them, the good ol' hanger trick can be really helpful. At the beginning of the year (or beginning of a new season) turn all of the hangers in your closet backward so that they hook over the rod from the backside.
When you wear an item, put it back in your closet with the hanger facing the right way. Give yourself a whole cycle of seasons to wear what you like and after a year, donate anything on a hanger that’s still facing the wrong way.
(For myself this year, I've already let go of a bunch of clothes I don't wear anymore, but there are a handful I'm still on the fence about. I put them up front as their own category, challenging myself to wear them instead of the rest of my clothes. If I consistently pass them over in favor of other items this year, out they'll go.)
You can get creative and apply this trick to other areas of your house too. In the kitchen, you could label everything with a small sticky dot and remove the dot when you use it. Or make a spreadsheet of your art projects and note when you work on them and what remains undone within a period of time you decide on.
Whether it's a new year or a new season, it’s a great time to think about your stuff and let go of some things that you don’t really need. You'll feel much lighter not having to maintain or mentally keep track of extra stuff.
What have you tried at the beginning of a new year or season, and how did it go? I'd love to hear your successes and struggles.
If you need help with that process, or even help just getting started, reach out for a free phone consultation. I'll help you clarify your vision and get the ball rolling so you’re motivated and excited about the possibilities.