January 4, 2017

Getting Organized in the New Year

Getting Organized in the New Year. See how Tracy from Shutterbean does it!

It’s raining most of the week and Cooper is still on his winter break, so we’re stuck indoors. It’s cool because we’re getting so much stuff done around the house!!!

Last week I watched the Minimalism Documentary on Netflix and have been listening to their podcast this week while I work. It’s been super inspiring to start the New Year with some good intentions. Getting rid of this clutter is already helping my mental health  All of the clutter that I have tolerated for the past year is going away and I can feel stress lifting!  At times during this process, I’ve wondered how I let some areas in my house get so bad. Now that I am making time to figure out what should remain, I am more apt to making better habits for myself and family.

This is what I have on the docket this week:

Getting Organized for the New Year starts with a TO DO LIST! See more on Shutterbean.com

I’ve already been documenting my progress on my Instagram stories this week.

If you need some inspiration, follow me @shutterbean

I’ve loved seeing responses from readers who are also working on/motivated to work on decluttering their lives too. So many of you have been deleting photos off your phone with me and that is AWESOME. I’m pretty sure that I am going to be doing this again in a few months, so don’t worry. We’re in this together!

So many of you have been deleting photos off your phone with me and that is AWESOME. I’m already doing 6k (I knooooow) and I have so much more to go!  I’m pretty sure that I am going to be doing this again in a few months. So, don’t worry we’re in this together.

If you need a little more inspiration, here are some of my organizing posts from the past.

Around the Home- Closet Organization- Before & After Photos on Shutterbean.com

Closet Organization

Since I published this post, I moved a few things around. This week I got rid of some of the clothes I thought I might like during other capsule wardrobes this year.

Speaking of capsule wardrobes:

Winter Capsule Wardrobe 2016 on Shutterbean.com!

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Doing the capsule wardrobe challenge really helped me hone in on my personal style last year. I find that restriction breeds creativity! I LOVED the challenge of coming up with many different outfits with a limited amount of articles.

Linen Closet Organization! See more on Shutterbean.com

Linen Closet

Who doesn’t like a nice stack of folded towels???!

Organized Makeup Drawer// shutterbean

Organized Makeup Drawer

Don’t forget to purge old makeup! I did this yesterday and it felt great.

ORGANIZED PANTRY // shutterbean

The Organized Pantry

My pantry hasn’t changed toooooo much since this post.

I’ve moved a few things around, but other than that I keep things pretty organized for the most part.  This week I am going through and tossing out expired foods.

Feel like you can never keep your purse organized? This post is for YOU! Check out a new way of thinking about organizing your purses so you don't have to waste time organizing your stuff. More on shutterbean.com!

Creating a Purse Organizing System

New year/new purse. This is the time of year where I go through my bags and clear out the random things that don’t belong in there.


Laundry Closet Makeover

See why I don’t mind doing laundry anymore because I created a zone I actually want to be in!


Kitchen Spring Cleaning with Seventh Generation on Shutterbean.com!

Kitchen Cleaning

If you have time to give your kitchen an overhaul, here’s some inspiration. It’s maintenance time.

See what the whole week looked like with Shutterbean Meal Prep - Week 1 on Shutterbean.com!

Meal Prep for the Week

If you’re curious how to set yourself up for success each week, try doing some meal prepping on a Sunday. It’s a must if you’re looking to get control of your diet/health during the year. Arm yourself with good choices!

Habit Forming for 2016  on Shutterbean.com

Habit Forming

Right now is the time to start evaluating:

  • good habits you already have
  • good habits to develop
  • bad habits that interfere with your life

I’m already starting a list in my new journal this week.

Hope you’re also Getting Organized in the New Year! Let’s make this new start a GOOD start.

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  • Rachael

    I really need to do this in my house, your insta-stories have been inspiring me. But where to start? 🙂

    Rachael xx.

    • Tracy

      Just start!
      But also start with something that will make a big impact with a minimal amount of time. That way you’ll be more likely to KEEP GOING and then the trickle down effect takes place 🙂

  • Jamie


  • Libby

    Your IG stories have been expertly inspirational. Minimalism has been on my own so much, lately. I even watched the documentary last week, too!
    Interestingly enough, I never thought much about downsizing until I started my capsule wardrobe last year. And it has bleed over into every single other aspect of my life. Now that I love every piece of clothing in my closet, it makes me want to love every single other things in my home. It’ll take time but I think that’s how habits stick, anyhow. 🙂

  • Maria

    Thank you so much. This is so helpful!


  • Rebeca

    Tracy, I think of you as some sort of organization wizard… For real! I learn so much from your posts. We’re doing some organizing too, and it’s being liberating. We filled up 5 boxes of clothes between the two of us – 5! Next it’s the kitchen, which is the most challenging room. We don’t have a pantry and the cabinets are really deep, so sometimes we don’t really know what we have. I’m thinking of getting a white board and dividing it into several categories like grains, spices and such to keep better track of what’s in there. Maybe stick it on one of the doors…

  • hillary

    I love me some #highstraintenance. Any chance you would share how you organize toys?

    P.S. You helped me out with my holiday hosting dilemma way back in October (7 guests, three meals/day, three days) and I am happy to report that it went swimmingly. I don’t remember much except loading and unloading the dishwasher, cooking and seeing my three year old eat way too much chocolate.

  • Dimara

    What type of label maker did you use for the laundry organization? Or just in general.

  • Erinlucy

    I wish we didn’t live on opposite sides of the globe so we could have an organising day together. I think our organising brains work in the same way and I’d love to have your input as I tackle the last few rooms in my house in my purge. I only have the study, the laundry and master bedroom to go!

    • Tracy

      Wouldn’t that be the best? My mom and her friend used to clean one of their houses each week together.

      Maybe we just need wives.

  • Lori

    I love all your organizing posts, but I especially loved that kitchen spring cleaning one!

  • Em

    I’m in the midst of sorting through =everything= as I’m planning on doing the campervan thing for a few years at least and this is very helpful! (Also doing 33 items for clothing as well.)


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