We have big organizing plans for 2021... but they might be a little different than you'd expect! 😉
At the beginning of each year, I set some organizing goals for our home. Sometimes I complete all of them. Most of the time I don't. But putting my goals out there for the whole world to see helps to hold me accountable and set some direction for the upcoming year. And I truly feel like it helps me check more items off my list!
You can see previous years' organizing goals (and updates with what we did/did not accomplish) via the links below:
Now you may notice that in previous years, I had a definitive number of items that I wanted to check off my organizing list. But this year is a little bit different.
This year, rather than saying, "I want to organize this space and this space and this space," Donnie and I decided to declare a "theme" for our 2021 organizing.
That doesn't mean that every single project we do or everything we post will have to fall under this theme. But it does mean that throughout the year, no matter which space we're working on, we are going to have this overarching theme in mind and try to incorporate it wherever we can.
Any guesses as to what the theme might be?
(No, it's not "aqua." Though that would be a lovely theme. 😂)
Our theme for 2021 is...
[Is the anticipation killing you yet...? 😉 ]
Yes, smart home! If you've hung around this blog for long, you know I'm all about streamlining and making things easier and more efficient whenever possible. Ever since we moved into our house, Donnie and I have wanted to implement a smart home ecosystem that all works together to do things like...
- improve security in our home
- control things like lights and switches and our thermostat even when we're not in our house
- make our home safer with smarter smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- control certain devices in our house by voice
- incorporate cameras so we can see what's going on even if we're not here
- and so much more!
Like a lot of technology, the smart home stuff can be really confusing. There are a bunch of different options out there, so it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start.
Our hope is that we'll be able to put in the research and legwork to figure out the most efficient way to incorporate smart home systems in our house and then share our findings as we figure it out.
We'll still be organizing plenty of spaces and prettying up rooms along the way, but if you notice that we're working some fun technology into several of the projects we do this year, you'll know that it is intentional!
We're starting out as total newbies to the whole smart home thing, so I'm sure we will make mistakes and learn a ton along the way. But hopefully our mistakes will help others to not make the same ones.
And by the end of 2021, we're excited that we'll have a lot of time and sanity-saving systems in place at our house!
To give a more concrete picture of the smart home plans we have for the coming year, here are some of the things we hope to accomplish:
- Install a smart thermostat
- Install a smart doorbell
- Update our security system with smart home elements
- Add smart cameras
- Install smart smoke detectors
- Add smart locks to our exterior doors
- Create a system for smart lights/switches
Do you have any smart home features in your home that you've loved? What should we add to our list? Or if you have smart home features that you've tried and hated, we want to hear that too! Please share your wisdom in the comments below!
Join us for a decluttering challenge!
Since we could all use a little extra motivation to start in on our organizing projects this January, we've decided to host a FREE Kickstart Your Organized Year decluttering challenge next week, January 4-8, 2021!
We will focus on decluttering key spaces in our home AND making organization a habit so we can keep our home tidy all throughout the year, not just in January!
We'd love to have you join us for this free challenge! You can get more info and save your spot here.
Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful week!