Saturday, January 5, 2019

New Year, Time to Find Joy

New Year, New Goals...kind of.  I'm all about some positivity and being realistic. If you asked me a month ago if I was planning any New Year Resolutions, I would've laughed and told you I hadn't even planned the next night's dinner.  Some things, I love to plan. Other things, not so much.  I'm inspired all the time by random things, and as of this week, we were inspired to purge, clean, and reorganize more than just our homeschool room. 

Let me start off with one piece of truth.  The homeschool room isn't even done yet. Lesson planning...not done yet. Papers graded...not completely done yet.  If you are in the same boat, you are welcome to join my club. I'm about 99.9% sure I have adult ADD. Not only that, I'm a MOM and a WIFE. Those two jobs take over everything else.  

So there I was, on Tuesday, minding my own business trying to grade papers, when I heard the tv on in my bedroom (usually never happens).  So "squirrel moment" I go up to see what's going on and my husband is watching a show called Tidying Up. He's telling me a bit about it and I realize I heard a speaker about this last year at Barnes & Noble.  It piqued my interest because I knew it was about a form of decluttering called Konmari.

Fast Forward to a day later and my 8 year old and I are two episodes deep into Tidying Up, before we shut it off and immediately go up to her room. baby girl who absolutely hates doing her clothes, WANTED to go up to her room and purge and fold away!!! 

Here's the debrief. We've filled over 10 bags, two bins, and the entire back of my car with things to donate, second filling of the car was to the dumpster, and we aren't even through step 4 yet. My husband highjacked me to help with the garage (bonus-My son gets shop credit for this), so lesson planning, paper grading plans...still haven't happened. I have to be honest though. Konmari isn't just about decluttering, it's a specific way to think about the items we own, and gives us the ability to search for the need in any item. 

As we step into the second week of January, what I also call my birthday week, I have a few new goals to share. 
1. Ask myself if something I think I want to buy will truly bring me joy. 
2. Don't buy things that won't have a lasting effect. 
3. Continue to use Konmari when cleaning. 
4. Spend more time being Creative. 

"Do More of What Makes You Happy" -Author Unknown

Somewhere, under that buried desk of ours, we have little sparks of joy that haven't been ignited in a long time. Our lives are cluttered with material things, commitments, appointments, schedules, and daily chores. As a Mom, this holiday break has probably been the most refreshing time we've had in months. A few of our commitments came to halt and we could actually have some time to work on the material things that clutter up our life. Moving forward, it's important to find a way to prevent our life from getting so cluttered. 

This picture was taken over our break and a few miles up from where we live. Snow doesn't happen often and we took the opportunity to enjoy it. Even though I didn't always grow up in snow, I've always felt it had a sense of refreshment about it. Coming back down from that mountain was the content feeling that all would be well. 

Many New Year Blessings from Our Family to Yours! 

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