Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. - Isaiah 43:18-19
Happy 2019! Every day that you wake up and see a new day is a fresh start to embrace the little blessings that can so easily be overlooked and brave the challenges that may come your way. Perspective is key. With the new year comes a plethora of new goals, ambitions, and to-dos that we hope will help us grow and achieve the things that make each one of our lives abundant with joy. Pray big, sweet girl. Always remember God has so much more in store for you than you can even imagine.
I love choosing one word for each upcoming new year and letting that one word embody every aspect of what that year may encompass. This year, I chose BALANCE. In my day job, dream job, family, friendships, and prioritizing the things that breathe life into me. Chances are, your word for the new year is different or maybe you write a list of resolutions. The common denominator to achieving any new year goal is to truly start fresh in practical ways. Sometimes starting fresh simply means decluttering your living space and clearing your mind, essentially making more room for conquering those God-sized goals.
Here are 5 easy tips to declutter your home and daily life for the new year:
1. Tackle each room individually. Create separate piles of keep, donate, and sell. It’s amazing what decluttering your own home can do for your internal wellbeing.
2. Outside of your home. Declutter your life of the things that no longer serve you. If that’s not possible the moment, curate a plan to begin making that happen.
3. Deep clean weekly. I personally find this extremely therapeutic. So much so that there is the deepest sigh of satisfaction every single time I finish wiping down that last countertop or sweeping up that last piece of dog hair.
4. Make time for the things that bring you the most genuine joy. I know the feeling of legitimately not having time for the things that are life-giving for you. If you’re anything like me, you need to be reminded that you are not here to please others, but to serve others. And you can’t do that without having served your needs first. I’ve been there and to be honest, there will probably be more seasons of burnout. But that’s all it is, a temporary season. The more time you dedicate to moments of true joy, the more productive you will become in your daily walk of serving others and crushing your own goals.
5. Maintain a declutter routine. It’s inevitable that you will continue to gather unnecessary items throughout the year. Designate one day per month or whatever fits your schedule to go through and rid your space of the unnecessary extras.
God is always working in your life. At the turn of a new year or not. He has a special purpose for your life and each day you are given the opportunity to wholeheartedly embrace that beautiful calling. Grasp that truth and run with it in all circumstances that arise on that path before you.
1. What are some ways you can implement decluttering your life? Perhaps it will start by dedicating one day a week or maybe you are an avid list-maker like me and you plan out your decluttering projects on paper.
2. Reflect on the ways in which you hope the decluttering process will benefit your day to day life. How will the entirety of the project help you in achieving your new year goals?
3. Once you have freed up some space in your home and mind, you will have a little less stress and more free time to dedicate to other things. What will you do with your increased free time?
Heavenly Father, thank You for this new year, for this new day. I pray that I use my numbered days to live an abundant life with You as my foundation. In the moments of feeling defeated, burned out, or as if I have failed, remind me that I am loved with an unfailing love and that Your mercies are new every morning. Help me in my journey of reaching my heart’s desires. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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