A Year of Details Project
Back to school season always feels like the beginning of the year to me, even now as an adult. I like to get things started and organized so I think it’s the perfect time to kick off a big challenge.
I am so excited to tell you about a 12-moth project I have created called A Year of Details. It is a 12-month challenge to fall in love with your home by improving the small things that really make a difference.
Are there little things around your home that stress you out that you have been meaning to do something about, but just haven’t managed to get done? Like finally getting rid of the old, worn-out towels that are cluttering the linen closet? Organizing the corner of your kitchen where all the papers pile up? Or is it sorting though the jumble of mismatched mugs inside your cupboard that greet you every morning?
All of these examples are from my very own list of things I have every intention of doing, but somehow months and months go by without actually doing them.
I started to make a list of these things while I was doing a number of decluttering challenges over the past year. Decluttering has been fantastic for me and I have rid my home of a ton of stuff. Most of the challenges were 30-day sprints which got me motivated and accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. But in the midst of these decluttering frenzies, I would often identify areas in my home where I wanted to do more, organize more or spend more time thinking about how to make this space work better for my family.
The list developed into an idea to do a “challenge”over the course of an entire year where I could spend enough time on each space to really think about what I could improve and then take action. And when I say “I”, it really means “we” because these types of challenges and projects are only fun when you do it together. I’m so much more likely to stick with a project if I am doing it with others and you, dear readers, can keep me accountable!
It’s called A Year of Details because it’s often the small things in your home that mean the difference between feeling calm and relaxed or stressed out.
I have come up with 12 areas to focus on, one for each month, starting in September 2019.
Here is a brief schedule:
September – Command Center
October – Bedding
November – Entertaining
December – Holiday Decor
January – Cozy Rituals: Favorite Drinks
February – Entryway
March – Kitchenware
April – Cleaning/Laundry
May – Towels
June – Outdoor Spaces
July – Bathroom: Morning and Evening Routines
August – Photos and Art
I will send out the full schedule with all the details plus a worksheet in my newsletter. If you are not already on the list, you can sign up for my newsletter here and I will email them to you (you will be directed to my main website nicole-varga.com.)
The worksheet I have created asks you to set some intentions about what you would like to improve in your home over the course of the project. And it asks you to think of words to describe the atmosphere in your ideal home. If you’re a nerd like me, you may want to have a notebook to keep track of ideas and plans.
I want to be very clear that this project is not about buying new things every month and filling our homes up with more stuff. The main focus is on reducing to the essential – what you need and love – which is why the first thing to do each month is to declutter the chosen area. Then we dive into what’s not working and how can we make it better. What can we do to make this part of our home, this part of our daily routine, enjoyable? Do we already have what it takes to improve? Lastly, we think about if we need to replace or add something.
On the first of each month I will have a new blog post to introduce the area and give you lots of inspiration and ideas. Then I’ll have a second post mid-month to check up on you and see how we are all progressing.
You can also find me on Instagram with ideas and postings. I will be using the hashtag #yearofdetailsproject . Please share your ideas and progress and use this hashtag so we can all support each other as we fall in love with our homes!
Get ready to get you life organized with the command center on the first of September!
I love the idea, I am in! Hope I can make it😜
I am itching to start! Finally ready for the command center to bring order to the morning chaos!! 👍🏻👍🏻
Me too! There’s been an overload of papers coming in since the start of school and I can’t wait to get it organized!
Great project – I am totally motivated – looking forward to the small changes.
I’m so glad you’re motivated, Natalie! Looking forward to hearing about your changes 🙂