52 Weeks: #52 Congratulations and Planning for the New Year
We made it! Hard to believe we’ve accomplished 52 Weeks of Organizing isn’t it? Thank you to everyone for participating whether it was for one week or all 52! At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure how it was all going to play out especially because I decided ahead of time that I didn’t want it to be too restrictive for participants by assigning specific rooms or tasks to a specific week. I wanted to make this series open to everyone no matter where you were on your organizational journey and so I tried to center each week around a basic organizing principle or “food for thought” idea. I do hope you found it helpful and encouraging even if you weren’t always able to link up each week. What’s important is that you made progress. Progress is good.
Many of you asked if you’ll still be able to access the 52 Weeks posts next year and the answer is yes, definitely. I’ll keep the 52 Weeks tab up at the top of my site and if you click on that you’ll see a complete list of all the posts I’ve done for this series as well as a link to the 52 Weeks of Organizing Checklist. I won’t be continuing with the series in the new year but that’s only because I like to keep things fresh if possible. I think it might be time for another 30 day organizing challenge or two. I’ll keep you posted with details as I figure them all out :)
You’ve probably seen around blogland right now there is a lot of talk about resolutions and goal setting. I’m not much of a long term goal setter myself (for instance, I just can’t imagine planning out every single blog post for 2012 now, yikes!) but I definitely understand the merits of doing a little proactive thinking. I’m not saying having long term goals is a bad thing (and I definitely admire those do it) however I do find it can be overwhelming for me at times. So while I think having a 52 Weeks of Organizing plan is a great idea its purpose was/is not to stress you out further but rather have you think about the list of organizing tasks you wanted to accomplish throughout the year without assigning a specific task to a specific week. Each week you then select one task from your list based on the time you have available to devote to it that particular week.
So your challenge for this next week as we enter into the new year is to grab a clipboard (because clipboards are always fun!) and simply walk around your home listing the areas that are currently stressing you out with clutter and disorganization…don’t forget to break those tasks down into manageable steps. Start your year off with a tangible list of tasks and decide today what your first priority will be. Will this be YOUR year to kick chaos and clutter to the curb once and for all?
As always I’ll be here rooting you on. I am so proud of each and every one of you. You can do this! If you need any help please don’t be afraid to let me know where you are stuck and how I can help.
1. If you followed the 52 Weeks series this year, how do you feel about where you are today on your organizational journey?
2. Out of the 52 posts I did which post would you say resonated with you the most?
3. Have you been able to develop new habits that have made a difference in how you deal with clutter and chaos?
4. What organizing task on your list is your number one priority for this next week?
5. If you could offer one piece of advice for those who are overwhelmed and up to their eyeballs in clutter and disorganization right now, what would it be?
Thanks again everyone and congratulations!!
Please feel free to share your organizing journey and encourage one another in the comments. You are also invited to link up to the linky below with any posts related to your 52 weeks of organizing participation or to any post of an organizing nature that you feel will inspire and encourage others in their quest to get organized. Please remember to link back to here though so we can reach out to as many people as possible in need of some inspiration.
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