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Organizing Our House For The New Year

Taking a lesson from the list-making Mrs. NCN, here’s what I want to get done, this week, before the kids head back to school –

Organize Large Storage Spaces

We have four large storage spaces – our shed, our attic, our garage, and our laundry room.  The shed serves as a mini-workshop and storage space.  We like to keep our garage nice and neat, with a small area dedicated for storing kids’ bikes and outdoor toys.  The attic has room for storing items like our Christmas tree.  The laundry room has a large, tw0-door storage cabinet, for keeping items like detergent, paper towels, napkins, etc.  We’ll organize these spaces first, in an effort to free-up storage space and remove clutter.

Organize Living Spaces: Room-by-room

Let’s see – we have our den, our kitchen, four bedrooms (with closets), two bathrooms (plus a half-bath), and a linen closet.  Our goal is to go room-by-room, cleaning and organizing.  This should be a relatively painless process.  My wife is an extremely organized person (and I try to be), so our house is always neat and tidy.  We just need to free-up some space for the things the kiddos received for Christmas, and get rid of anything we haven’t used in a while.

Clean Outside

I need to – pressure wash the house, check the gutters, clean out the flower beds, and inspect the lawn mower’s fluids and battery.

Clean Inside

I need to – replace air conditioner and water filters, spot-clean the carpets, touch-up the paint in a few areas, and hang two pictures.

Backup Our Devices

We have cellphones, computers, laptops, and touchscreens – and they all have a variety of media stored on them.  I need to go through each one, backing up data, installing updates, and removing unused apps.


We’ll work in the evenings, taking our time to sort through the things we need an the things we want to sell or give away.  Our goal is to set a foundation for an organized New Year.

What about you?  Are you getting ready for the New Year?  If so, please share your thoughts in the comments – and you can always connect via Facebook and Twitter.  Blessings.

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3 thoughts on “Organizing Our House For The New Year

  1. Always something for me to work on! I’m going to take a daily task to use up, remove, throw away, donate at least 3 items this year. I have a little daily tracker I purchased from a blogger that I’m going to post somewhere very obvious and hopefully can keep it going. I’m also going to make a list of areas in my house where I know there are quick wins so that I can reference on busy days so I can still get my 3 items. We’ll see how it goes!

  2. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is my favourite time to declutter, second only to the month of July. I think it is the need to find places for the ‘gifts’ and try to remove an equal amount of stuff from the house. The laundry area is a good place to start. The space isn’t too massive to be overwhelming. It’s an area you see regularly so you will be able to visually appreciate the decluttering and organizing. That should give you a bit of a mental rush to tackle the next area.

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