Happy Let’s Look for 2022!
We are so excited to kick off another year of “looking” at different things with you. If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). It’s often a random little assortment of topics. As an example, here is what we “looked at” last year..
In January, we looked at our coffee bar areas.
In February, we looked at our love languages.
In March, we looked at a perfect night in.
In April, we looked at our fridge and pantry.
In May, we looked at our outdoor organization.
In June, we looked at our summer bucket list.
In July, we looked at our bathroom organization.
In August, we looked at our phone, apps & such.
In September, we looked at meal planning.
In October, we looked at holiday decor storage.
In November, we looked at our Thanksgiving menu.
In December, we looked at our Christmas traditions.
We’re kicking off 2022 looking at something very “January”…HOW WE ORGANIZE FOR THE NEW YEAR!
I mean, this is me.
I keep lists in the note section of my phone and came home from our trip with a very long one to kick off 2022. So, here are the few easy ways that I’ve already organized my life to kick off this year. None of them are super unique or life-changing, they’re just what I’ve done thus far to help me get on track for the new year.
1: I PUT AWAY ALL OF THE SEASONAL CLOTHES:
I started doing this last year and it helped so much! I have two baskets in the girls’ closets for seasonal clothes (fall and Christmas). As soon as Christmas break begins, as we do the laundry and put away clean clothes, we do not hang or fold the seasonal items any longer but instead, put them in the bin (all nice and clean!). By the time Christmas day actually rolls around, most of it is already put away. This way, next year, I can easily grab the bin, sort through it, put out items that still fit both of them or move some of Ashby’s items to Mades and then donate or give away Mades’ items to someone else. Bam. So easy. This helps tremendously when we’re putting away new Christmas gifts too because the Christmas clothes are not taking up valuable closet space for the new items. They’re already put away.
This year, I didn’t just do it for the girls…
…I did it for me too! I put all of my seasonal pajamas, tees and sweatshirts in a bin for next year! Now, they’re out of my closet since I don’t need them again until next fall/Christmas!
2: WE WASH, DRY AND PUT AWAY ALL OF THE SKI GEAR RIGHT AWAY.
And by we, I mean Andrew 😉 . As soon as we came home from our trip, we not only washed and dried everyone’s ski stuff (the under layers, socks, gators, etc), we put them in packing cubes for each person to use the next time they ski. So, next year, Andrew can grab one packing cube and in it will be all of Ashby’s layers, two pairs of ski socks, her gator and anything else that she needs for skiing. It’s all clean, it’s all organized and it’s ready to be placed in a suitcase. I would like to take credit for this…but this is 100% Andrew!
3: WE CLEANED OUT KENSINGTON’S ROOM, CLOSET AND BATHROOM.
By the end of the year, our resident teen had her room upside down. I get it…her days are long (she leaves at 6:30 AM and many nights, isn’t home until close to 8:00 PM). Add in homework (she makes great grades!), church and just ‘chill’ time, she has very little time for cleaning, organizing and purging. Andrew and I went in there with her armed with garbage bags and two bins for donation items and well…we.cleaned.it.up. I mean to tell you, we crawled under the bed, completely emptied her dresser, went through the cabinets and totally tidied it all up. It was a crazy big mess that we got under control. Now, let’s see how long it lasts…
4: I GOT MY COZI ALL UP TO DATE!
Andrew and I have been trying really hard to keep our lives organized in our family’s shared Cozi calendar. We both have to work at this as I prefer a paper calendar and he prefers to only worry about his own calendar…but together, we’re working on our Cozi. Before we went back to school, I double checked all of the sports schedules, doctor appointments, and made sure everything was up to date. Each morning, we receive the Cozi email which lays out our day so we know what to expect. It’s hard teaching these old dogs new tricks, but we’re trying!
Andrew and I have a lot of shared lists (like this grocery shopping list above) so that we can easily add/delete items and both see it. I also keep a million other “lists” on my phone to keep my life in order. Well, I was listening to Emily Ley’s podcast and she said to add emojis to every list title that way it’s easy to scan your list of lists and find what you’re looking for. I wasn’t sure at first, but she was right! It does make it super simple to find my list if I have emojis! Try it! Also, if you don’t use shared lists in the notes section of your iPhone, try that too! This makes it so simple to keep up with info between you and someone (or multiple people!).
That’s what I’m doing to organize my new year. WHAT ABOUT YOU?! I would love to hear what you’re doing too!!! Please comment and share!
Coming ups this year on Let’s Look…
Next month, a little look at what I eat in a week 🙂 !
I’m off to speak this morning at a women’s group! If you blogged with us today, make sure you link up below! I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow! xx