This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may be compensated from clicks and purchases. Happy New Year, Everyone! I decided to take the rest of December off from the blog to enjoy time with my family and focus on all things baby! This year, my husband and I rang in the new year celebrating at home. It is hard to believe that next year our family will have grown to a family of three (five if we’re counting pets;)). Last night was one of my favorite celebrations…eating Chinese food, watching a movie, and drinking Welch’s grape juice. It was so different from how I was used to spending NYE, but yet, just as fun!
Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books, podcasts, and products for organizing. I know that the new year is a time most people like to reset, so I wanted to share with you what I have found useful!
A Simplified Life Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley: First off, this book couldn’t have been released at a more perfect time. I received my copy right after Thanksgiving and finished it in December. It is a great read to prepare for a clean, simple, organized start to the new year. And when I refer to simple, I don’t mean minimalism and neither does Emily. Emily lays out out ten areas that can easily get cluttered and offers tips and thoughtful questions to help you organize your life! Finally, I loved what an easy read this book was. While the content was rich, I felt like everything could easily and practically be implemented into my routine.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo: While this book has been a around for a little while now, it is still worth mentioning! To be fair, I did not follow Marie Kondo’s advice precisely. First of all, I did follow her instructions with my clothing and accessories. Next, I also followed her advice on the books. As for everything else, I followed her advice loosely, but still managed to majorly reduce clutter. Finally, I was able to better store my items in a way that made sense.
The Weekend Makeover Get a Brand New Life by Monday Morning by Jill Martin and Dana Ravich: The last book I am going to recommend is this one. While only a few chapters pertain to organization, it is a great book to help jump start any other resolution that you may have made. Jill and Dana do a great job planning out how to makeover different areas of life in a weekend. A bit of an overhaul, but I found some of their advice to be really helpful! I personally liked chapter 7, the closet makeover. I tried this one out and loved it! Each season, I come back to their tips when my closet is looking a bit out of control.
Clearing the Clutter Inside and Out with Julie Coraccio: Julie offers great insight into decluttering different areas of the home. I love how her episodes are short and focus on a very specific subject. She discusses anything from tax papers, to car emergency kits, to different areas of the home. Julie also talks about energy clutter, if you are in to that as well. I listen to all of her episodes, but enjoy the ones about physical clutter the best.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: This podcast isn’t exactly about organizing, as much as it is about being happier. However, some of the tips to achieve happiness does focus on organization or decluttering. Also, Gretchen’s personality framework is talked about in almost every episode, which can really help you figure out how you best maintain habits. This ties right in to keeping an organized space!
Day Designer-The Strategic Planner and Daily Agenda for a living a well-designed life: I am so excited to jump into this agenda! Each day, there is a motivational quote, and an area for listing out four different reminders and a top three. Also, there is a row for to do’s and a time slot for the day. Finally, at the bottom of the page, there is a spot for notes and a daily gratitude. Also, there are so many cute cover options to choose from!
Power Sheets-The Intentional Goal Planner: I’ve talked about Power Sheets quite often, so I’m just going to briefly go over them here. This is my second year to use the one year goal planner. I love how each month you fill out a tending list of your goals…this is much needed to help me stay on track. Also, each season, you reevaluate your goals, which I love. The Cultivate What Matters team, really understands that goals and individuals are always growing and changing. Currently, power sheets are sold out of their one year planners, but still have the six month copies in stock. I have linked those above!
I hope you all have an amazing start to the New Year!