The holidays are officially over, and now, we are all in one of my favorite months: January! It is not because I enjoy sledding, skiing, snowboarding or ice skating. In fact, I dislike going out in the wintertime, particularly if the salt trucks have had to be out on the road before me. I love January because I know that because I have to stay inside, I have the chance to be super productive. Whatever was disappointing or lacking (trips, house projects, events) about the previous year can be re-evaluated and researched in January and planned for in the coming year. For me, the word of the month is de-cluttering. I found out last year that as I have less to maintain, the more ready my mind is to take in new ideas, new hobbies or new, endless possibilities. It can provide a fresh, blank slate, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I cleaned out a closet or two last fall and it gave me a wonderful feeling of control. The things I have are actually the things I am using. It has reduced my need to buy more, just because I cannot find it.
It also helps to not have to so much to wade through when I need to find an important piece of information, for upcoming taxes or us college parents, the FAFSA. The older I get, the more I realize that it would be such a relief for me to know that my family knows exactly where to find the files they might need: account numbers, contact information, insurance, financial statements, car titles, mortgage papers, wills and power of attorneys, just to name a few. Here is the complete list: https://www.everplans.com/articles/checklist-documents-to-organize-and-share. In the meantime, it is pure joy for ME to find that file right away! #productivity #organization