Happy New Year, internets. I have a lot of things that I’m planning to do this year (with my family, personally, professionally, for our home, and for my art). We’ll get to everything here on the blog eventually. 😂
But, for the past few years, when the new year approaches, I find it grounding to get all of my thoughts and ideas for the new year out and onto paper. This year it took a few days of me just jotting things down here and there until I felt I had a true and well-rounded list. One of those ideas I added for 2020 was the novel concept of simply putting things away.
“Every time we leave things out we avoid making decisions. ”
– Dana Byers
This year, and a little bit of the end of last year, I have been and want to continue to focus on putting things in their final “resting place” when I’m done with them. Meaning: not just putting the band aid box in the bathroom on the counter; actually putting it all the way in the drawer where it goes. I know it seems like such a basic concept but for some reason, clutter accumulates at our house and I know that some of it is avoidable.
When I first had this idea I knew I couldn’t have been the first to have it so, of course, I googled “why don’t people put stuff away”. The first thing that popped up was an article by Dana Byers called “The Discipline of Putting Things Away”. The article is a good read and one thing that really stood out to me was when she said “Each time we leave things out we avoid making decisions. ” I feel like that is 1000% true and rings with me and what I think/feel when I avoid putting crap away.
This year I’m vowing to truly make decisions and be decisive. I want to work towards my goals and give my time purpose and one of those goals of mine is to PUT THINGS AWAY. A clean house means I’m less stressed. Less stressed is the life for me. I’m not that person that can lay on the couch and watch TV if my house is messy. It could almost be said that I’m this way to a fault? 🤔 I’m a clean freak (Rob would totally say that about me). BUT – with this new change/goal I’m hoping that by avoiding the clutter of not putting things away I will be able to spend less time cleaning! Wouldn’t that be the dream?! Even if it’s not the case, I’ll be less stressed!
So here’s to 2020 and putting things away! 🥂