Hey there! Remember last month I talked about giving yourself a present? Rather than continuing to give yourself lots of bad habits, it’s time to gift yourself some good ones. Because you deserve. I deserve. Frankie deserves. That guy two cars ahead of you in the Starbucks drive-thru deserves it.
Last month I gave myself and my family the excellent habit of having a fresh salad prepped and ready to go in the fridge all the time. And that habit is solidly going, still. We’ve eaten a garden of salad in January, and I’ve been thrilled to keep this good habit going to make it a part of our #healthmatters lifestyle.
So, February starts tomorrow. What good habit gift am I giving us this month? It’s the gift of organization. (Are you looking around your house at piles of everything? Then this gift is for you, too.)
A few weeks ago a commercial for a new report came on the TV and it was talking about how you can organize your clothing more efficiently by folding. I laughed and told my husband that I thought that was pretty stupid, and I didn’t have time to fold every little sock and shirt we owned. A few days later, someone shared a completely different story about the same folding topic.
I thought maybe the organizational gods were trying to communicate with me, so I listened.
What did I find? There is this whole system out there called KonMari and was created by Marie Kondo. I’m sure many of you have already heard about this, but I was a complete newbie.
The first question you might be asking is, why would organizing clothing be good for my health? It seems silly, but it makes sense. First, you’re getting rid of everything that you don’t wear - that doesn’t bring you joy. Is your closet full of “I’ll wear that when I lose weight” clothing? Or “I just need to sew a button on that and it’ll be fine” clothing? Mine was. And let me tell you, there is absolutely no joy in seeing clothing that you used to be able to fit into.
So you unload the junk. And you breathe a little easier. And then you nicely organize those things you have. Does it take time? YES. Oh, yes. When I started, I thought to myself - I’m not going to keep this up. But I had to start in order to get that good habit gift going for February. So I folded. And folded. And folded. And what I found was, when everything was organized, everything had a place. Nothing was shoved in a corner. Nothing was lost or mismatched.
I feel more at ease doing laundry now. Rather than waiting for the weekend to wash everyone’s everything, I wash a load every couple of days. And I fold. And honestly, you kind of have this Zen moment with folding. It becomes a peaceful, quiet thing to do when your brain has become fried with thoughts from all the work at home stuff you’re doing.
And once you start on organizing your laundry, you’ll have that itch to organize everything else. This month I have two closets and a junk drawer that I’d like to have bring me joy rather than terror each time I open them.
Because my mental #healthmatters.
What good habit are you gifting yourself for February?
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.