Monday, December 29, 2014

New Years Resolutions

Now, we all know New Years resolutions can be very hard to stick with. People tend to get overly ambitions and consequently overwhelmed. More often than not, we've given up by the time February rolls around. So this year, why not commit to the over all idea of getting your house cleaned, but make it easier on yourself by completing one task a month. Choose 12 different problem areas in  your home and give each one it's own month, or follow the guide below  and by 2016 your house will be in perfect shape!

Monthly Housework Resolutions 2015:

Organize papers. Shred or recycle paper. Set up 12 folders for monthly planning and filing. Use a filing system to plan ahead with birthday cards, coupons, recipes, holiday ideas and more. As each month ends, you can use the folder for notes of things to remember next year or for receipts to save.
Organize clothes. Pare down what we own and only keep in our closets what we actually wear. Sort clothes in closet by color or type. Invest in new hangers to make the best use of closet space.
Organize computer files. Create desktop folders, organize documents and back up important files to an external hard drive.
Organize accounting system and budgets. It’s time to organize bill paying paperwork and systems, and assess the budget and plans for the new tax year.
Organize the kitchen. Which dishes have we used in the past year? Toss out old spices, clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Assess the condition of the kitchen towels and aprons. Keep items you use and love, and give away the rest! Unless you have a lot of storage space in your kitchen, items you only use seasonally should be organized by season and put in storage. Wipe down all shelves and surfaces.
Organize and clean garage and storage. It’s time to find the excess that’s been hiding out in the garage or storage space! Give away or sell what you don’t need. Reorganize and sweep out storage spaces.
Organize kid’s toys, clothes and keepsakes. Set aside one box to store favorite memories, one box for toys to give away and one box for clothes that no longer fit. If your kids are grown and out of the house, reclaim space for yourself by decluttering their old items and sending them their mementos to store at their own homes.
Sort and organize linens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Toss or give away excess or worn out linens, and pare down or replace only the essentials for each bedroom and bathroom. Clean out under sinks and toss out old medications, cleaning supplies or cosmetics. Tidy up nightstands and dressers.
Organize photos. Delete blurry photos. Back up photos on your computer to an external or online storage system. Print out photos for gifts, albums or Christmas cards this year.
Organize for the holidays. What do you want your holidays to look like this year? Make plans for hosting parties, entertaining or family get-togethers. Gather new addresses for holiday cards. Save favorite ideas, recipes and plans in a holiday folder or notebook. Organize and pare down holiday decor to what you love.
Organize hobbies and crafts. This month as you are crafting or spending more time indoors, assess and organize craft supplies. Pare down to what you need and use. Make a few handmade gifts to use up some favorite crafts! Organize or toss out wrinkled or old gift wrap and tags.
It’s time for house cleaning and preparing for holidays. Spend a few days at the beginning of December deep-cleaning your house and setting up guest rooms or bathrooms for visitors. Clean the oven. Set up a wrapping station for gifts. Restock your baking supplies and set up a baking station so you can enjoy holiday goodies and make treats to give away.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Fabulous Decorations Fast!

So the relatives are coming and maybe your house isn't quite looking as festive as you hoped. The holidays are hectic and maybe  you neglected to deck your halls. Real Simple has a bunch of five minute holiday decorating ideas that will help you in a pinch. The in-laws will be dazzled by your decor and no one will ever guess it only took you five minutes to toss together!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Garlands Galore

Holiday garlands are a great way to add pizzazz to your porch or glitz to your tree but maybe your traditional Evergreen adornments just are not cutting in anymore. There is hope! Martha Stewart has  13 beautiful, DIY garland ideas that are sure to dazzle your guests this holiday season!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Fun Holiday Decorations!

There is nothing more exciting than decorating for the holiday season but maybe you feel like your ornaments just aren't as spectacular and your lights just aren't as twinkling as in years past. Southern Living has created a list of 101 fresh, festive decorating tips to take your decorating to the next level! Start decking those halls!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Perfect Tree Lighting!

It's that time of the year again! Time to deck the halls and string up those lights! But, how exactly do you light the perfect Christmas tree? Follow these three easy steps and you can make any tree shine like the one at Rockefeller Center!

  1. Divide the tree vertically into three sections and string lights by section.
  2. Plug the lights in before you begin, to weed out defective strands. Leave them plugged in as you place them so you can spot dark spaces in the tree.
  3. Beginning at the bottom, weave each string in and out of the branches, to the top of the tree and back.
By going from top to bottom instead of around, you're creating a net of lights that will glow brightly the whole holiday season!

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