Day 366: Wrapping up 2020 From a Clear and Calm Space

This is one of my calm spaces that I’ve created this year for me to sit, relax, think, write and reflect on life…

My calming space

So, here I am at the end of 2020 having written consistently for 366 days about decluttering and clearing space. I still can’t believe that the idea I had on 1st January 2020 to clear one thing, would grow into what it did. My 2020 challenge wording changed a few times throughout the year but I settled on the final wording around mid-year which I turned into the affirmation below:

“I have a clear and organised space in my home, my garden and my mind”

My 2020 Challenge, Sandra Madeira

What I achieved on my journey was far more than I imagined. In fact, I didn’t really have a plan at all, I was just going to clear, clear and clear some more until it was all sorted out. I didn’t really know what that meant at the time, but I’ve learnt so much along the way, particularly about myself. I’ve also learnt to ask for help, have rest when I feel overwhelmed and that I can’t do everything.

I’ve listened to various authors’ books on topics such as happiness, cleaning, decluttering, clearing and so on. They have been an inspiration to me and kept me going when I really felt overwhelmed. So too have you, my readers, and followers. I have loved reading your encouraging comments and tips. Thank you 😊.

So, did I achieve my challenge?

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this year. Just to have most rooms finished is enough for me to acknowledge that I’ve completed my challenge. Realistically I was never going to get everything done. The house is looking and feeling clearer and tidier and when I asked my girls this evening how I’d done with my challenge, they said ‘really well’ which means a lot to me.

My plan for 2021 is to continue with the program of work that I’ve started and to get the last two rooms decorated. I’ll also be adding in a cleaning routine and trying to stick to it in order to keep on top of things. I’ll definitely be taking things at a slower pace, working on my inner self and adding in lots more self care and reflection time.

Some challenges thrown in throughout this year

  • Covid-19 and two lockdowns shook things up a bit; however, we were all fortunate to be able to work and do schooling from home and stay safe. This brought with it some challenges in terms of finding places around the home for desks that we could work at. Adding to that we were all in the house every day and had to juggle having builders in working around us (or not depending on the restrictions).
  • Renovation work wasn’t on the agenda at the beginning of the year but one decision to move my daughter into the study, opened up a whole program of work for me to manage which resulted in a new en-suite bathroom, skimmed/plastered ceilings, spotlights throughout the house, and many rooms decorated. This made me feel quite overwhelmed at times, but ended up speeding up the decluttering process because as each room got finished, we only put back in the the room what we wanted in there.
  • Qualifying as a coach was something that I achieved last month. It’s something that I have been working on for the whole year through work alongside my day job as a Finance Systems Manager. It was a challenge to fit in, but I’m so pleased that I did it.

A few posts I’d like to highlight

There have been many highlights in the year and I can’t list all 366 of them; however, I’ve chosen a selection of my favourite 2020 posts below:

Writing is my passion and it’s been a joy blogging every day. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts and they have inspired you in some way.

I will still be updating this blog next year as I have new challenges and projects for 2021; however, I won’t be posting daily.

Happy New Year

So that just leaves me enough time to to say Happy New Year.


Open the champagne and let the celebrations begin 🎉 🍾 🥂.

Until next year…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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17 Responses to Day 366: Wrapping up 2020 From a Clear and Calm Space

  1. Congratulations honey, what an achievement! Looking forward to reading your posts in 2021. Happy New Year xx

  2. Congratulations on all that you have achieved. I will be interested on your continuing projects. Happy New Year!

  3. This is a great achievement and you are my new hero! I will check back in here when I get distraught and follow your tips. Thank you for letting me know on my blog!

  4. Anne deFuria says:

    Congratulations! What a great project! Happy New Year!

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