As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, this year I'm going to use Gretchen Rubin's book, The Happiness Project, to come up with monthly focuses. The goal is to increase my happiness and satisfaction.
The January focus was organization. I used Apartment Therapy's "January Cure" to guide my focus for the month. January also ended up being an incredibly busy month. I traveled 3 times for work and did a lot of wedding planning. Free time was not plentiful and being away from home so much made it tough to focus on organizational projects. But I did what I could and I did more than I would have if I hadn't set this intention for the month.
Most of my organizational work was done in the kitchen. There was a lot of opportunity for improvement in that area. Part of the reason why there was so much opportunity for organization is due to how FREAKING FAST I unpacked when I moved in last May. Unpacking fast was a necessity since I moved in on a Friday and had hip surgery on Monday. I knew I needed to organize our drawers and cupboards but it was something that just got pushed off - until this month.
I'm not going to bore you with all the before and after results, but here are a couple of projects I completed in January!
Smallest project: Kitchen drawer before...
Kitchen drawer after!
Medium Project: food pantry cupboard
Food pantry after!
Bigger project: kitchen pantry/closet (which had become the "I don't know what to do with this item so I will just put it here" closet).
Kitchen pantry/closet after!
It felt so good to organize our kitchen a bit. There are still more cupboards and drawers to go through, but I made great progress this month.
Best tip I learned: One thing the people at Apartment Therapy suggested is to set the timer on your phone for 30 minutes and do what you can do in those 30 minutes. Sometimes I put off a project (like organizing cupboards/drawers) because it seems so overwhelming. But I love the 30 minute timer approach. I would often be surprised by how much I got done in those 30 minutes! My goal is to try to do this 1-2 times a week going forward to stay on top of other projects around the house that tend to get put off.
Was there anything you focused on in particular in January?