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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Five Good End-of-the-Year Cleanup Projects

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Well, it’s a cliche, but the end of the year brings a rush of organizing and swearing you’re going to abide by a few new systems. You probably won’t, but you should ride the wave of new year’s motivation and use it to get stuff done. Here are five ideas for putting that resolute energy to good use.

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1) Finally get those ornaments and other holiday decorations properly organized. This can mean designated ornament boxes (try the Container Store or use egg cartons), new labels, a better spot to store them and purging those popsicle stick God’s eyes your kid made thirty years ago that have completely unraveled. Along with this resolution is tossing the potentially hazardous Christmas lights. This is a great source for recycling them and benefiting a charity at the same time.

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2) While you’re in deep evergreen needle vacuuming mode, go to town with the attachments. Really get into those corners, clear the cobwebs from the moldings on the walls, flip up the sofa cushions and suck up that old piece of popcorn and pet hair.

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3) Clean up your finances. Hurry up and make those last minute write-off-able donations for 2014, and contribute to your Roth IRA and other savings if possible. If you have debt, make a plan for how you are going to take care of it in 2015. Research consolidation loans, take a long hard look at your budget and figure out what you need to cut to get the debt monkey off your back. Watch a few episodes of Extreme Couponing and get inspired. Every little bit will help.

While you’re at it, gather up your tax documents. While you’re doing that, figure out how to get rid of all this paper clutter and switch to digital bills and e-statements wherever you can.

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4) Speaking of a digital cleanup, here is one that is much more fun — sorting through your digital photos. Figure out what is a waste of space and ditch it. Upload photos you’d like your family to see to photo sharing services. Label your events so you can find things in the future, and be sure to use keywords. For example “soccer” or “Maine” or “costume” will help you find things in the future with ease. Send images to the cloud so you can save storage space on your devices.

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5) Clean a closet. This is a big one but I promise, it is SO satisfying. Take everything out and thoroughly clean from the cobwebs on the ceiling and light fixture to the corners of the floor. Do not let anything back in that 1) doesn’t fit 2) doesn’t look good 3) you cannot remember the last time your wore. There are people who need these items more than you do. Donate these things to them and give your newly cleaned closet some breathing room.

 

 

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Friday, September 9th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: TGIF

Becky

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As school gets back into gear and there’s a crispness in the air, I’ve been inspired to purge the excess stuff from my home and keep things organized. I printed out this image and stuck it in my organization folder. It must be a great feeling at the end of the week when one can look at Friday and then look back at the earlier days of the week, realizing all of the crossed off accomplishments on the boards! Thanks to Flickr member anneclaire24 for posting this in our Fresh New Spaces Group.

Have you been working hard around your home and want to show it off? Please post it to our group!

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Inspiration for the Weekend

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Ugh, I still haven’t begun to get my tax info together yet! I think this is the weekend it’s going to have to happen, so I thought I’d motivate with a little home office/organization photo:

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Thanks so much to flickr member almostbunnies for posting it to our Fresh New Spaces Group! It’s a lesson in what a difference great containers can make, as well as how you compose them. I love the way she’s grounded the bottom with the woven baskets, mixed in some favorite objects, and I am very jealous of that vintage Ivory Soap box.

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Mondrian Shelves

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For this week’s Flickr fave of the week, I am loving these floating shelves from Jeremy Levine Design. I’m also digging the way they used the stacking shelves on the left side. Thanks for adding it to our Fresh New Spaces Group!

By the way, this was an addition and remodel to a residence. The house was built around three trees and includes: grey water recycling, storm water capture, recycled coal fly ash concrete, solar energy, recycled lumber, passive cooling, thermal rock wall, and mobile shade panels.

Office of floating shelves

Photographer: Tom Fowlkes

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

New Years Resolutions

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Office shelves

image by flickr member Atypical Type A

So, what are you New Year’s Resolutions around the house this year? I’m sure I’ll start off all motivated and purge a bunch of stuff, make a few Salvation Army runs, clean some baseboards, get started on organizing my tax info, then run out of steam and put it off until next year. Is that how it usually goes for you? If not, how do you stay motivated? Do you have a reward system? Is your newly feng shui’ed space and extra room in the closet reward enough? Do you have bigger goals around the house?

Here are some ideas I have for staying motivated when I run out of inspiration:

1) Take another class online with Abby Garvey.

2) Re-read Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Dolan (it JUST came out in Paperback this week!) For more info, click here. Oh, and you may want to give yourself a month. Erin’s a bit of a Superwoman. If you do it all in a week, go to a spa on Day 8!

3) Read blogs by big D.I.Y. peeps and get inspired by them. Flip back through Anna’s accomplishments over at Door Sixteen, or check in over at The Brick House – start way back at the beginning and take a leisurely browse. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all of the design blog choice out there that I don’t read any of them. It’s a real treat to sit down and really catch up on one or two for an hour.

4) Find some favorite flickr groups to flip through. Some of our favorites are our own (Fresh New Spaces), sfgirlbybay, Interior Styling, and Pretty Organized. One way to find great groups on Flickr is to find a member whose work you admire, go to his or her profile page, and see what groups they belong to. This picture from Lillian Day is motivating me to change my guest room from ballerina pink to medium gray!

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5) Finally, always remember not to be too hard on yourself. Just trying to get things together is a good start, and is probably better than you were doing yesterday. Give yourself some inspirational time rewards, like a hot bath, time to flip through a book, look at blogs, write your own blog.

PLEASE add your own advice in the comments section and let us know what you’re up to around the house!

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