Here we are again with the New Year quickly approaching, it’s hard to imagine the year already being over. It feels like this year literally flew by. Before we know it, we will be setting goals again for the New Year.
I’m a firm believer in goals rather than resolutions. Goals have a larger impact and get you to reach for more. They get you to step outside your comfort zone and that’s where greatness happens.
Growing up we talked about setting goals. Goals to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Timely. I had the acronym down but didn’t use it that often, it usually was for a class assignment.
Looking back at what I know now about the importance of setting goals, I would’ve set goals every year for school. I had a hard time with school, it was a struggle for me. It was a challenge to get A’s and B’s. I even had teammates I had that thought I was a straight-A student because of how much I studied.
The New Year gives you a clean slate and allows you to wipe everything clean. The biggest lesson I’ve learned about setting goals is that you have to want it.
If you set a goal and don’t want to change, it’s completely defeating the purpose. You have to have a burning desire to become someone else or it’s not going to work.
The other thing I’ve learned about setting goals is the power of having help. There’s a quote that says:
No one succeeds alone yet most of try to do it alone.
I really realized this trying to lose weight. Most of my life, I’ve been healthy and didn’t have an issue with my weight. Losing weight after having kids became a struggle.
Losing weight after our first born has been the easiest (we have three kids with our third being born at the beginning of the year). I went three full months without losing one pound. I was working out on a regular basis and eating healthy. Nothing was working and I wasn’t happy with myself. I felt huge.
Now I understand I just had a baby but it’s been hard and extremely discouraging.
We haven’t had a gym membership for over five years. I’ve been doing P90X3 and Pure Barre workouts at home, I’ve loved them. But something had to change.
I’ve always loved classes at the gym because they’ve always pushed me, it’s something I’ve missed since we gave up our membership. Getting a personal trainer wasn’t in the budget so the next best thing was getting a gym membership again.
Once I started going to classes again, I knew this is what was going to help me lose weight. The classes allowed me to really challenge myself and get uncomfortable.
The power of a group is what changed the dynamic:
- The group class schedule was set. They aren’t going to change the schedule for me. All I had to do was show up.
- Listening to the instructor pushed me out of the zone. It can be easy to cheat in class, following the instructors is what took it to another level.
The group setting was personal accountability for myself.
It can be overwhelming when you first decide to start organizing.
You have so much stuff and it feels impossible to make a dent on any of it. Getting organized is like training for a marathon, you have to start out slow and build up your endurance. Starting small gives you the chance to get a few wins under your belt and build your confidence.
If you are looking to do something right now, this post will help you.
Last year was the first year of the home challenge. It was created to help you get organized and to hold yourself accountable.
Completing this home challenge will not only get you organized, but it will also create new habits for you. It takes on average 66 days to create a new habit. Our challenge will be just over 120+ days. This will allow you to get in the habit of organizing but you have to commit to it to make it work.
If you commit to the home challenge, you will learn how to declutter which is often the biggest struggle of getting organized. It’s hard to get rid of our things, they are our identity. Some items have been passed down from generation to generation and other times you have this fear you might need it again.
I get it, decluttering is hard, I prefer just organizing the space, that’s what I do best.
However, I’ve learned if you don’t declutter first, you are doing yourself a disservice. You have things that are just taking up space and serving zero purpose to you and your home.
Reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was really helpful, it teaches you how to declutter. Not everything in the book is a home run, you can read my full analysis of what works and what doesn’t.
Getting rid of stuff is like getting rid of debt, it’s not easy but the rewards outweigh the challenge.
Starting January 7th, the second year of the home challenge will begin. It will be a 13 week series on how you can organize every space in your home.
Thirteen weeks sounds like a long time especially when it comes to organizing your home. However, when you break it down by each month it doesn’t make it feel as long and is more motivating to complete.
Here are the weekly topics:
- Household Binder
- Kids Closets
- Linen Closet
- Kids Memorabilia
Each week I will share how to organize that space. It will start with decluttering the space and building it back up to a system you love.
How do you know if this challenge is right for you?
You need help getting rid of clutter.
You want to reduce your stress.
You’re tired of your home being a constant mess.
You want to have more energy.
You want more time to do things you love.
You’re tired of searching for lost items.
You want someone to tell you what to do.
You’re not sure what organizing products to use.
When you have an organized home, your life will change. You’ll be happier, healthier and more productive. You’ll be able to spend more time doing things you really enjoy.
Your time has come, so set your calendar and let’s do this home challenge together.