start fresh in the new year with these organizing projects

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Have you all been watching the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix? I was planning this post before it came out, but since I started watching it, it seems even more appropriate. My favorite thing about the new year is starting fresh and setting up organization systems to carry me through the year. Here’s a few projects you can take on this month to start off on the right foot.

clean out your closet
I read that thrift store donations have spiked since Marie Kondo’s show came out because people are cleaning out their closets and saying goodbye to the things that no longer spark joy. That’s the principle I recommend following when going through your closet. Marie Kondo suggests gathering every piece of clothing you own in one spot, going through, sorting what does and doesn’t spark joy, saying thank you and goodbye to things you’ll get rid of, and then donating everything you can to your local thrift store. Then, go back with the things you’re keeping and use her incredible folding method to keep your closet and drawers neat.

purge your beauty products
If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of half used beauty products stored under your sink from the past who knows how many years. It’s sometimes hard for me to part with them because I love skincare, but I start by trashing anything that’s past it’s expiration date (yes, skincare and makeup have expiration dates) because it doesn’t require any “should i keep this or not?” It’s expired, goodbye. After you’ve sorted through, try your best to finish off anything you’ve kept before buying new products. I’ve put all of my non-expired cleansers in a little Glossier bag so I know where they are and can go through them before buying new ones.

sort through papers + magazines
I absolutely hate papers! They give me such a feeling of clutter and I try my best to not have them in my sight. 😂 Any paper I need to keep for future reference, I place in one single accordion hanging file. If I don’t need the physical copy, I’ll scan it onto my laptop then shred it. As for magazines, I try to only keep ones that I really, really love and I display them neatly in a stack. You can even scan pages you love like recipes or articles, then donate the magazines to the library.

empty your email inbox
I know a cluttered inbox is a source of stress for a lot of people and I totally get it because it’s just like my aversion to paper clutter. Go through your inbox and save important emails in designated folders to the side, then mass delete everything else. You don’t need all the coupon codes and newsletters, I promise.

unsubscribe
To help keep your inbox and mind clean, go through and unsubscribe to email lists. Also do this with your podcast app and any YouTube channels you follow. Unsubscribe to anything you’re not super excited about. If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.