Happy 2016 everyone! To kick off the new year, I’m so excited to introduce The Organize and Refine Your Home Challenge!
My goal with this year-long challenge is to serve as your guide as we organize, simplify, declutter, and streamline our households together. Whether your home needs some minor tweaking or a major reset, I invite you to join me on the journey to home refinement!
Each month, we’ll focus on a particular space in your home or on a specific organizing project. Similar to previous organizing and declutter challenges, each monthly project will be broken down into a series of weekly assignments.
I’ll be providing several resources to help you along and keep you motivated, including:
- printable monthly checklists to help you keep track of your progress
- social media posts that contain inspirational ideas and helpful tips
- accountability check-in opportunities via Instagram and my Facebook community
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ORGANIZE & REFINE YOUR HOME CHALLENGE
Subscribe to the blog and receive the weekly challenge assignments in your email inbox. You’ll receive an email each Monday with links to new blog posts, including the Challenge assignment posts.
Post photos of your completed projects on Instagram to share your success stories and obstacles (using the hashtag #2016ORGANIZEANDREFINECHALLENGE) along with other Challenge participants. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I share my successes and struggles as well!
Like Refined Rooms on Facebook and select “receive notifications”. I’ll always update the Facebook page immediately after a new Challenge post gets published.
Join the Refined Rooms Facebook community to receive support, resources and accountability from others who are participating in the Challenge.
PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. To optimize your success with any organizing challenge, your success hinges on 3 key preparation tasks:
1. Know Your “Why”
It’s vital to write down (yes, write it down) your reasons for joining the Challenge. Think about what your goals are for the end of this year. How will your refined home look and function? How will you feel when you walk through the door? What will you do with the extra time you’ll have when you no longer have to hunt for your keys? Write down your vision for your organized home. You’ll need to refer to it when your motivation begins to wane in the coming months.
2. Build in Accountability
Whether you find a buddy to complete the challenge with, or simply commit to reporting your progress via Instagram on a weekly basis, you need to figure out what your system for accountability will be. The success of Weight Watchers is built on having to step on that scale each week. What will be your “scale” for the Challenge?
3. Schedule Time to Complete Challenge Assignments
Simply put, if you don’t set aside time to devote to the assignments, they will not get done. I sound like a broken record by now, but I urge you to schedule weekly appointments in your calendar for the Challenge. The length and number of appointments will vary, depending on the monthly project. Once you know the area we’ll be tackling during a given month, do your best to determine how much time you’ll need to set aside for that area/project.
Oh yeah…keep your appointments.
Each week, I’ll add to this post to let you know what’s been covered up to this point:
January – Laying the Foundation
February – Home Office
March – Closets
April – Kitchen
May – Garage
June – Print Photos
July – Computer
August – Routines
September – Going Paperless
- Going Paperless 101: The Basics
- Your Paperless Workflow: Organizing Digital Documents
- 6 Ways to Go Paperless in the Home Office
- 3 Ways to Go Paperless in the Kitchen
October – OFF
November – Holidays
- Simplify Your Holidays
- Plan Your Holiday
- Organize Your Holiday: Gift-Giving
- Organize Your Holiday: Food
December – Finances
You can always access the entire series of weekly organizing assignments by clicking here.
Leave a comment below to let me know that you are up for the Challenge!
Are you the type that loves a good organizing challenge? Be sure to check out my other challenge series: