It’s that time again. A new year and 365 fresh days ahead. It’s always exciting for me as it is time to choose a word for the year.
Seven years ago my life was not good. In fact it was rather awful. In amongst the fog I knew that something had to change and I had the idea that I could change my life one word at a time.
I chose my first word of the year, and I am happy to say that my life has changed so very much – for the better. Last year my word of the year was content, and it was super effective. I managed to overcome the urge to compete (mostly with myself). I learnt to live in the moment. Gratitude was a strong theme of my year as I embraced the now, and relished the beautiful feeling of true contentment.
My word for 2019 is Spaces
I have a little process for choosing my word. The first thing I do is look at what needs changing. The first word that came to mind was tidy. I am really untidy. It annoys me, and yet somehow I can’t seem to overcome it. Based on the success of previous words I thought that this would be an ideal word to embrace.
As I went through the process of journaling and meditating on my word, it didn’t seem quite enough. I tried it out in conversation, and it just wasn’t quite right. All of a sudden the word spaces popped into my mind and I knew I had my word for 2019.
This year I will create beautiful spaces.
- Space to grow
- Space to exercise and do yoga
- Space to create
- Space to relax
- Space in my waistband
- Space to simply be
- and I am sure Space for a whole lot more
There is a huge school of thought that you need to create a vacuum in order for good things to fill it. Declutter and invite new and good things into your home. I am certain that as I tidy and declutter and create beautiful spaces in my life, I am in for a wonderful new year.
If you would like to read about some of my other words and how they have affected my life pop Word of the Year into the search engine and all the relevant posts will come up.
I am writing a book about my experiences and the programme I follow. It is making some progress but still needs completing. Perhaps I need to create a space to finish my book.
This little concept has truly changed my life in such a positive way. As a way of giving back I run a group on Facebook where I do live videos and other inspiration for people following the Word of the Year programme. You are very welcome to join by following this link.
May I wish you a wonderful 2019. I hope that the word you have chosen brings you lots of happiness.
When I think of everything that needs a good tidy I sometimes find it overwhelming. It is however, something that needs to be done, otherwise the clutter can become overwhelming itself. Time to tidy up!
I have created this list both to inspire me and to keep me motivated. (I plan to do a lot of ticking off in the next few months). My word of the year is ‘detail’ and this is the type of detail I am starting with.
Bedside locker (and drawers)
My bedside locker is generally packed full of all sorts of things that I think I might need – tissues, mobile phone, chargers, water, books that I am reading/want to read/ have already read, hair ties, hair brushes – you get the idea. I even have some cute coasters for tea in bed. The only problem is that I can’t always find place for the tea. This is the first area to be hit!
Housewarming cards which get replaced by Christmas cards etc. When this get’s tidied I will save a spot for one Valentine’s card – but that is it. I actually quite like to change the decorations on my mantle piece as it really is an area that draws focus. My plan is one candle and a few key items. The clutter of incense, oil burners, matches and random bits and pieces will be banished.
I think I seriously need a coat rack, perhaps with a shelf. Perhaps a few more tidy tools. A place for everything from mail, gloves and hats, and keys. A good idea for me would be a waste bin – right at the door for junk mail, envelopes and the zillions of slips that seem to multiply in my handbag.
I tend to use my windowsills for storage, especially books. I am short of storage space in my home, but I do think that perhaps limiting what is allowed on the windowsills might be a good thing.
The bathroom cupboard and make-up in general
I love make-up and am can’t resist it. I seem to have make-up clutter everywhere from make-up bags to the bathroom cupboard. It does tend to multiply and I think a cull and a clean-up is on order. This might have to be a monthly task.
Hands up who has empty shampoo and shower gel bottles. Please tell me it isn’t only me?
This is a quick clean out, but should make a big difference. I will limit myself to one shampoo, one shower gel, one conditioner and my two scrubs. Enough I think!
We all have one – quite often in the kitchen. The one that gets filled with miscellaneous keys of unknown origin, pens that no longer write, scraps of paper that were important at one time, business cards – you get the idea. A simple blitz with a bin.
The bulging folder of accounts that need filing
With so much happening online it is important to keep record of some things in the old-fashioned way. A good friend advised me to set aside an hour or two a week for important financial things – very good advice. I have added filing to this time slot. A little behind right now, but yet another thing that can be ticked off.
The linen cupboard
It is so satisfying seeing the linen cupboard all neat with bedding sets paired up and cosy towels in a pile waiting to be used. Alas it only takes one morning when you need a towel from the bottom of the pile and it all comes tumbling down.
The craft room/home office
Now, I know that not everyone had a craft room, but if you do it is a big job. My craft room is also my study and it is chaotic. It is at the bottom of this list as it is such a big job, but it must be done.
I hope these tips might inspire you. Any other areas of the home you would like to add to the list?
Thanks for reading and I appreciate any suggestions! Read more about my word ‘detail’ – here.
I love this quote, and quite often use it as an excuse for my clutter problem.
Everyone who knows me personally is having a good giggle at this stage. I really am very untidy. I really do try, but somehow piles of papers and ‘stuff’ just happen.
As I am facing packing up and moving again, I really have to start decluttering. This has had me thinking of why I am untidy, and why clutter happens.
I am a creative person with a very active mind. I start something and then get excited about something else and move onto that. I am also, of course trying to pack so much into my day so it is quite common for me to have a painting project on the kitchen table, while cooking dinner, doing the laundry and tweeting. When the dinner is done – I move to the sitting room to eat and watch a bit of tv. I might have a writing or photography project I am working on while sofa sitting. Ah just remembered I have a card order to complete. Up the stairs I go to my craft room. Yes, you have guessed it – I have left a pile of untidy projects in my wake.
Well, as I get ready to move house, I am making a determined effort to deal with the my clutter in an organised manner. Perhaps I am not too old to change?
Thanks for reading, and please feel free to share any tips for an untidy person in the comments below. (And everyone who has seen my untidy desks you can stop giggling now)