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Table of Contents

-Introduction
-Did you know?
-Monthly Mission – Living Room
-What’s New on Plan-and-Organize-Life.com – Recent site additions
-Getting the Momentum Started

Introduction

Happy New Year everyone! As beautiful and enjoyable as they may be, after a month of Christmas decorations in the house, and holiday activities and festivities, I look forward to reclaiming my house and my routine in January. It’s that time of year when most of us enjoy getting a fresh start, feeling ready to move forward with our plans and dreams. I don’t make new years resolutions, but rather more of a “to do” list of things I’d like to catch up on and get done. First thing on the list is to reclaim my home from the holiday “clutter”.


Did you know…

Getting Organized Magazine is launching its printed issues starting January 2012. Get a f*ree sneak peek issue by going to their website at Getting Organized Magazine. If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the print version, or the digital version to have their organizing help sent directly to you. Plus, they’re currently offering an extra ebook at no charge with your subscription purchase. Take a peek!



The Monthly Mission – Living Room

The monthly mission for January is about reclaiming the living room, especially from holiday decorations, and finding homes for new gifts. As well, you’ll take a little time to think about what you want your living room to be for you. To follow along with the monthly mission for January, click here.



Recent Site Additions

Here are some of the more recently added pages to the website you may have missed.

Before and After Photos - If you enjoy seeing before and after photos of organizing projects, you can find them all right here.

Living Room Storage Make-over - See how we recently re-organized our living room (play room) with a new Ikea wall unit that's great for storing lots of stuff.

Adding A Closet Shelf - See how adding a quick and simple shelf to a closet can add functional space.

Spice Rack - See before and after photos of my spice storage including my new spice rack.

Garage Makeover - before and after photos of my personal garage makeover. See how we tackled the problems and ended up with a functional garage.

Streamline Your Morning Routine - Ideas to help you get out the door in the morning and be on time for work or school.

Bathroom Drawer Make Over - How to organize a bathroom drawer, an example with before and after photos.

Stop Clutter - Quick simple tips on how to stop the clutter from coming into your home in the first place.


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Starting the Momentum

After a month of Christmas decorations in the house, I’m actually glad to put them away and reclaim my house and the extra space. Putting away all the decorations feels and looks great, which inspires me to tackle more clutter around the house.

We can get that same accomplished feeling of putting the holiday decorations away by decluttering other rooms and areas of our homes and again, gaining more space and peace. So let’s take down those holiday decorations and ride on that momentum to continue decluttering other parts of our homes gaining more space and peaceful surroundings.

Taking down that Christmas tree and all the decorations should be a relatively simple decluttering project because you know where everything gets put away, right? The tree goes to the road, or back into its storage box, and all the decorations go into their storage boxes and they all go back into the attic or basement. They all have a home to live in when not being used. Knowing where things go makes cleaning up less stressful. (If you need some help with after Christmas organizing, click here.)

Now that the decorations have been cleared away, the other cluttered areas of your home may be more obvious. But don’t let that discourage you. Take that feeling of satisfaction you got from clearing out the holiday gear and hold on to it. And then focus on another area of your home to declutter, knowing that it will also give you that same satisfaction. Clear that desk and gain work space, clear that closet, room, cabinet, or whatever you choose and feel the satisfaction of reclaiming your home.

The challenge in decluttering the rest of our homes vs. the holiday decorations is that more than likely, the regular house clutter probably doesn’t have a home or storage area where it belongs. Decluttering and giving things homes entails a little more thought and emotion. We need to toss things we don’t want or need and then find homes for the things we choose to keep. And if there still isn’t enough room for those things, then we must ask ourselves more questions in order to declutter and toss more stuff. It can be an emotionally challenging job. But, once you’ve designated a home for all your belongings and know where things go, keeping things cleaned and organized should be a much simpler task.

Let’s tackle our clutter together this year starting with those holiday decorations. Then, let’s try to hold on to that satisfaction and ride it out as long as we can through the year by decluttering other areas of our homes on a regular basis. Let’s find places for our belongings and let go of what we no longer have room for in our lives. I will be right there along with you doing the same for my home.

Until next time, happy organizing!

Sincerely,

Tracy Greene
Plan-and-Organize-Life.com



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