Happy New Year!
I don't know about you but January is always a month where I clean, purge, throw away, get rid of CLUTTER! I put away all Christmas things and then I start cleaning. It sort of comes over me like labor pains. I can't seem to stop it and I actually want to CLEAN!
photo: Country Living
I read in a magazine years ago...if you devote 30 minutes a day to an unfavorite task (use a timer by all means) that at the end of the week you will have devoted 3 1/2 hours to it. Perhaps completing the task...filing, closet cleaning, drawer cleaning, etc. I can't handle working on filing for 3 hours in one day but I can manage 15-30 minute intervals. Pictures like the one below motivate me to declutter!
One of my favorite sites that gets me inspired when I read through it is this one.
There are tons of free printables to help you get started and have a more organized year!
Make a Home Planner for all important home and family information.
Lots of pictures, and motivating ideas for clearing out the clutter and having a prettier home....
Better Homes and Gardens has beautiful pictures of rooms decorated yet organized....love the wire basket below with vintage tablecloths folded inside it.
Then there is TipJunkie @ http://printable.tipjunkie.com/organization/
Great printables, calendars all for free...
Also an incredible calendar with little projects to declutter every day...little bits of time add up to large projects~DONE! http://go.tipjunkie.com/pr/7525/www.mysimplerlife.com/2012.htm
All 12 months included. I'm so doing this!
Great family site with incredible ideas for families, home organizing, etc.
One great idea we always used was a family calendar in a binder. I kept all three kids' sports and music, school calendars in it. Also kept directions to soccer games, phone numbers of coaches, teachers, team parents, the medical center we used for x-rays, etc. It was priceless for going back to when we couldn't remember a name or school that a football game was played at.
Some free vintage looking labels from http://justsomethingimade.com/
BASIC SAVING, PRINTING AND USING INFO...
If you will go to her site...Cathe-look at all her amazing FREE LABELS...hover your mouse over the labels and click on them to save them...
make a file folder in your picture file on your computer where you save picture files....
that way when you want to print out a picture file or free printable...it shows you the picture instead of the code...
which is what happens when you save a picture to a word document file!
I usually print these labels out on cardstock and decoupage them onto a canister or jar, or you can print them off onto a page label that fits into your printer, then cut, peel and attach. I've decorated shelves, baskets, etc. with these labels.
I printed out vintage labels and decoupaged them onto papier mache round boxes that I had painted...I love the look of enamelware (red and white) and wanted a farmhouse look.
You can find the papier mache boxes at Michael's, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby. They come in all sizes, and are great for storing all kinds of things!
I have more organizing ideas that I will be sharing in the coming days!
"Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven....a time to keep and a time to throw away..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6