This year my one little word is Simplicity. So far I feel like I'm on track and making great progress. In January, I focused on clothes and closets. After multiple trips to the Goodwill, I feel like I made my goal. Of course I've cleaned out my closet before, but this time I made a concentrated effort to really get rid of stuff, including sentimental items. I had a lot of stuff that I thought I might need for a costume or project some day, that I got rid of. All in all it's a really good feeling to get rid of so much stuff, get everything up off the floor, and have more space. I even found things I had been missing for a long time.
For February I am concentrating on paperwork. It's a good time to tackle it as taxes and our benefit renewal are coming up. I am making a concentrated effort to lower the amount of junk mail we get, and have more things stored digitally. I already have almost all of our bills on-line, but there are still a few I need to do manually. I bought a new wallet and cleaned out my old one getting rid of old cards and receipts. I have a lot of paperwork from my dad that I need to go through, and just generally deal with some of the piles that have been steadily growing.
I was initially going to make scrapbooking paper and supplies a month of it's own, but I already went through and cleaned everything out. I got rid of at least 50% of what I own. I realize I save a lot of stuff in case I might use it someday, but that usually never happens. It feels good to have everything pared down, in one place and accessible. My scrapbooking style has changed a lot since I first started, and there is just a lot of stuff I know I won't ever use.
I did decide to save the kid's school papers for a month of it's own because it's going to be one of the biggest projects. But otherwise, by the end of the month I should have all the paperwork organized and cleaned out.