Oh January. You are an awesome, but weird month. For me January is the calm after the storm of the holidays. It’s the time of year I’m not quite sure what to do with myself or anything… do I take a break, do I do some major prepping, do I hit the ground running hard, do I take it easy, do I take down all the Christmas and winter decor down, do I decorate for spring, do I just clean & not worry about everything else, do I throw away most of my possessions. It’s all so confusing & makes me kind of want to just crawl back in bed & avoid the below zero temps & hibernate all winter. BUT through all the confusion I’ve decided to de-clutter the whole house & take down our Christmas & winter decor to completely get the house back to a blank slate before the warmer weather comes & the big projects start around here. I just started, but I wanted to share this season that I’m in with you guys just in case it would help you with things like seasonal depression, anxiety, & just those who are confused what to do after the holidays & how to get started with a fresh start this new year…
I have started decluttering our entire house slowly but surely in the past week & it’s totally recharging me for 2018. I’ve been going into every room & boxing up every item that I don’t want or need… from clothes, to home decor, to bathroom products, to the kitchen. I have no scientific method behind this… I’ve basically been going into each room with trash bags & boxes & sorting through things I want to throw away, donate, & sell. If I don’t love it or have a place or reason to keep it. It’s gone. It’s been a lot. I think after moving into this house a little over a year ago & living in it in fixer upper status for so long.. the stuff just piles up. We only have about 25% of our house “worked on” at the moment so there is so much decor, furniture, & just stuff that isn’t being used that needs to go. I tend to hoard things, but I’ve had to tell myself when we get other areas of our house done I will be able to find cool treasures for those spots & for now I just need to let a lot of it go until we get those spaces done. When I declutter each room from the drawers, cabinets, closets, and under everything I then go through one more time and see if I can get rid of anything else. After that second sweep I have been trying to organize what is left so that when I come back to clean & decorate it’s an easier task.
I have found recently that “stuff” is the cause for a lot of my anxiety problems. You know when every room is cluttered so your mind feels cluttered & you can get stuff done before there is so much clutter? Yah. That. I have found in this season I am in of de-cluttering that with each bag & box I take out of the house not only does the house feel cleaner, I feel lighter. I feel like a burden is being lifted & for that I am so thankful. I know after this big purge I’m in the house may feel a little empty & each room is feeling a little bland, but after the purge I plan on going back through and sprucing up all the spaces & breathing life back into them. I’m totally fine with the rooms being a little more empty right now & excited to start off this new year a little lighter & with a fresh start.
Each room is slowly becoming more de-cluttered, each closet is becoming cleaner, each day the house is feeling a little more like home & a little less like stress. If I don’t love it.. it has to go, If I don’t need it.. it’s leaving, & if it’s causing me stress or anxiety… goodbye! I wanted to share this process & season I am in with you guys today in hopes that maybe it will inspire someone out there that feels the need or want to purge & also maybe prompt those who haven’t thought of doing this to help deal with some anxiety & stress you have been feeling to do it in hopes that it will help you like it has helped me. This time of year can cause some seasonal depression for many like myself, but I find by facing it head on and being productive in ways to combat it that it truly helps fight it in ways that I have never been able to fight it this time of year before. Does this make sense? I hope so… & I hope you guys are liking following along on here, Instagram, & Facebook as we de-clutter, de-stress, & get ready for a big year of renovations here on the farm! First we clean all the things! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, it honestly means the world to me so I mean it when I say… THANK YOU! XX
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