Monthly Goals: June

Happy June, beautiful people! I do hope you’re first week of June really kicked off the Summer season with a bang! And with a new month, that means a new round of monthly goals to get in the right head space. 

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned . . . ). But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

June Resolution | Original Caroline

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So it looks something like this:

The reason I didn’t set a goal for April was because I was super busy with my best friend’s wedding. By the time I got around to setting a goal, the month was half way over. So instead of setting a new goal, I used that month to refine and reflect on my goals set in the months before. And honestly, I’m really glad it worked out that way! It was nice to have a grace period where I could really focus on all three goals.

Anyway, May brought a serious amount of fun and I really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and even making new friends. But with a busy social life, I didn’t spend a lot of time at home. And as a result, I’m feeling super disorganized!!! Seriously. The clutter that I’ve accumulated is absolutely astonishing!

Household disorder seems to be a constant drain on my energy. The minute I walk through the door, I feel as if I need to start putting clothes in the wash and gather up loose items. But it definitely wasn’t always like this! I used to pride myself on how organized my room was. There was hardly anything left out on the floor, I would do a closet cleanse

My evaluation of my bedroom and bathroom in particular was mind-boggling. The fact is, I tend to feel overwhelmed by large tasks and I’m often tempted to try to make life easier by cutting corners. The little amount of cleaning I actually did last season was more of just stuffing things out of sight, out of mind. And there’s really nothing worse than trying to get a good night’s sleep in a crowded, cluttered bedroom.

Monthly Goals Plan of Attack:

  1. Define my goal and set an intention for my bedroom/bathroom. It might sound like I’m about to go to a yoga class, but seriously. How can I make progress without knowing exactly what it is that I want? How do I want to feel when I go to bed or get ready in the morning? And, according to The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying-Up author, Marie Kondo, you should “begin [the tidying-up process] by identifying your goal.”
  2. Take everything out. And, aside from the big furniture items, I mean everything. When it comes to sentimental items (cards, the loads of special occasion dresses, that necklace from Christmas,the notebook I used to write my first song) I’m somewhat of a hoarder. So I know there’s little knick knacks and randoms hiding all around my room. But in order to get rid of the junk that’s hiding, I need to find it and take it out. So, yes. Everything!
  3. Deep clean. Once I’ve removed what I can, I’m giving both my bedroom and bathroom a severe deep clean. Sure I’ve vacuumed and dusted and mopped here and there, but I want to do it all at once. Make a clean start.
  4. Map it out. So now that everything has been taken out and both areas have been cleaned, I’m going to go back to the first step and map out how I can achieve my #bedroomgoals. I know a little bit about feng shui, but I’d like to research some tips and implement them into my new arrangement/design. And with Summer only a couple weeks away, I’d like to figure out some ways to stow away off-season items to free up some more space.
  5. Keep, donate or toss. In the past, after 30 minutes of sifting through my belongings, I get bored and give up. The problem was I usually laid everything out on my bed, so come bed time I didn’t know what else to do with everything except for put it all back! But this time around, I’m not going to rush through the process. There’s an empty room across the hall that’ll house everything for the next month while I go through each and every item. The things I decide to keep will get hung up in the other room, anything worth donating will go in boxes and the rest will go in the trash. I’m really trying to go for only the necessities, so wish me luck!
  6. Organize and keep it clean. After I’ve decided what to keep, I’ll go back to my ‘map’ and figure out where I want everything to go. And once I get everything in order, I need to schedule at least a weekly cleaning and maybe evening a quick nightly sweep to keep the clutter at bay.

+What are your goals for the first month of Summer? And feel free to share any tips you have on clearing out clutter in the comments below! Hope you have a productive and fun June.