I have to say 2014 was a rough year. After being in a bad car accident at the end of 2013, I spent my time doing what needed to be done to get better and the journey is still ongoing. That said, I learned a few things along the way – not the least of which is that I have more stuff than I can take care of. I do happen to have a bit of a shopping addiction and it’s duly noted that contributes to the clutter. I also learned that I’m not alone in my quest for things to be simpler. Speaking with friends I discovered that we all want to let go of what isn’t working and embrace the good in life. Most of us found that our homes weren’t conducive to doing just that. Between my family, friends and home cleaning service help, I was able to keep my head above water – especially in those first few months. As the year went on and I worked to return to my job and to take a more active role in my recovery, though, a lot has slipped. I am still not able to do it all, even though I really want to. All of this has inspired my plan for the next year on Savvy Suburban Mama.
I will still feature the products and services that I think Savvy Suburban Moms want to know about. I’ll share reviews and giveaways that fit the needs of families just like mine. I also plan to encourage you all to find ways to let go of the extras and get organized so that you can enjoy all those great things that suburban living has to offer. From January to May, I will focus on decluttering. It’s time to do a clean sweep of our homes and let go of anything and everything that doesn’t fit our visions. I’ll help you do this all through your homes, garages, attics, sheds, crawlspaces and cars. This will culminate in May with the Ultimate Garage Sale where I (and you) will let it all go and use that money towards something fun for our families. I’ll also be letting go of kid’s items at a local swapmeet this spring, and I’ll fill you in on that, too.
Once we have only the things we love and need in our homes, it will be time to organize them so that they are easy to access and a cinch to keep ordered. After the decluttering is done, I’ll be sharing lots of organizational tips for you, including plenty of re-use ideas to save you money. I’m not going to promise you a magazine layout for your home. I can’t because we actually LIVE in our homes. But I will promise you a significant change that will help you to feel better about your home and yourself. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised about how much your lives will change as a result.
All you have to do before we start is spend a little time dreaming. Find a notebook and put your thoughts to paper. There is nothing like a pen in hand to help your creativity flow. Visualize what you’d like your home to look like, how you would feel if things were decluttered and organized, and how it would feel to have friends over in your completed space. I’d also like you to write a wish list of all the things you could do with an extra $50, $100, or even $500 or more. Selling some of the items you part with will help you to reward yourself for your efforts. These lists will help you stay focused while we work our magic.
I hope to have you all along for the ride as we work to make our homes, and everything that goes on inside them, the very best they can be in 2015.
(Tomorrow – Clearing the Christmas Clutter!)