I feel like I should have written this post days ago and published it on the last few hours of the year 2017, but near the eve of the New Year.
But I didn’t.
Because believe it or not I was incredibly busy, too much so that I did not have any time for blogging.
How so? Well, for the longest time in probably over 14 years I have managed to snag a one week staycation from work during the Christmas holidays. Our company does not do holiday shut-down days, where everyone is out and there is absolutely no work. But since we were acquired by a larger company, this changed things. Everyone was asked to take the days off between Christmas and New Year.
Now my family could have planned a fun out-of-town trip. But with my siblings and parents already spending the November month and Thanksgiving with us, we thought the best thing to do is just to stay put. Enjoy our home, enjoy our cats, and catch up on sleep!
OR do some housework! Well, at least that was my bright idea….but no one else in our family had the same sentiment.
Oh well. I did not fret. I still wanted to do as much housework as I possibly can. It would set up my 2018 motto which was to de-clutter and to simplify.
So I started out with clearing our Christmas decorations a little early. Usually I would do this right after New Year’s. But I had my paraphernalia up since early October (yes…I know…I am one of those that do not wait for Thanksgiving. I figure if I will put in so much effort I might as well enjoy it for at least 3 months) and I was already itching to put my home back to it’s very basic state.
Because the Christmas decor is usually stored inside our ‘under-the-stairs’ hallway coat closet, I decided to start sorting this area as well. I probably removed 1/3 of its contents. I decided to start a donation pile and the first ones to go are all the holiday decor I rarely used. Next were the broken luggage and unused bags. And third were coats and cover-ups that did not see the light of day in ages.
And from there the decluttering ball kept rolling. I cleared out our family library, removed old magazines and books we would not read again. Then came the Living Room area, Masters’ bedroom, my closet, and finally the Stylish+Geek Office.
If you follow my Instagram stories you would probably wonder why in the heck is this lady doing so much housework on her vacation? Well, I did not feel so bad after I saw the story of Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines, who was busy clearing out her huge attic. Ha! I am a total fan and so stoked to be in the same mode!
One of the epiphany in this cathartic activity is when I cleared out half the clothes in my closet.
I was completely flabbergasted to see that I had actually come down about 4 to 5 sizes. The outfits I stored from at least ten years back, pieces that I did not have the heart to give away and kept wishful thinking they would fit me again….well they FIT ME AGAIN! Unbelievable! To go on that Keto diet on Sept. 1 and just continuing that as a healthy lifestyle change truly worked wonders. And if you are wondering how much pounds I lost. I do not really know. It was never about the weight. It was to be rid of the pre-diabetic state. What I do know if that I have a perfect excuse to buy some new clothes.
But I will not go crazy on the shopping spree either. I like the fact that I have lesser clothes hanging in my closet, but a better visual inventory of the pieces I have. Same thing with my accessories. I have lesser bags than the previous years. I have sold some and given a few. Some of branded labels I have passed onto family. What I have now is a varied assortment. And since I have become obsessed with the well-crafted Italian-made Senreve bags, I decided that from now on it is definitely great quality over quantity.
The last cleaning project was the Stylish+Geek office.
Goodness this took nearly a whole day! I have to admit that in every nook and cranny of my home I try to keep things to a minimal and absolutely very organized and functional. Except my home office. Here is my haven of a hodge-podge of every single creative interest I hold dear. From blogging, photography, digital design, arts and crafts, DIY project, knitting, sewing, crocheting, scrap-booking, and many other things, the Stylish+Geek office was the one place I can have a multitude of things and not feel bad about the clutter.
Except that towards the end of each year, the Stylish+Geek office is bursting at the seams. Just too too TOO many things. They are not organized. They are just all over the place.
And for me to start my 2018 right I have to tackle the massive project of de-cluttering (to the best of my ability) this home office.
Did I succeed? YES! Towards the final hours of the last night of my staycation I managed to finish de-cluttering, organizing, and just getting geared up for the new year!
Now I still have A LOT of de-cluttering to do. There’s still my vanity area, the kitchen, the husband’s office (OMG!) and the teen’s room (double OMG!!!).
And after my home there’s de-cluttering of my mind to get me on the wellness path (meditation I welcome you back!), and the de-cluttering of my heart (to make sure my emotions and energy and well spent on people, places, and things that really matter), and so much more de-cluttering!
How about you? What self-improvement are you doing this new year?