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Looking Forward to a New Year

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A new year has all the promise of a fresh start, and there are quite a few areas I’m going to make a fresh start in:

De-cluttering my home: Of our family of six, we have five “collectors” — all of us but my five-year-old gather things faster than we get rid of them. So, our house is full of stuff we might use someday, and it’s time to pass it on to someone who actually needs it.

Managing money: I have a household budget I keep track of, and most months I end up with more month and less money. I enjoy listening to financial teachers, though, such as Dave Ramsey, and over the past year and a half I’ve learned a lot. This is the year to put it into practice.

Taking a Day Off: It’s easy to fill the weekend with all the things that didn’t get accomplished during the week, but everyone needs a day off to rest, regroup, and get ready for the week ahead. Sunday is a good day for our family to relax, and I want it to be a day we can enjoy together. So after church and a light lunch, we’re instituting a family game afternoon — and having fun.

Eating better: I’ve read many health/nutrition and diet books over the years — now it’s time to implement them! This is our year to eat right and get fit as a family; maybe even Luke will learn to love vegetables!

Keeping in Touch: While I can keep in touch with many friends and family members through the Internet, some friends don’t get online very often. This year, I’m going to set aside a certain time to write to them. This year, they’ll know they’ve been in my thoughts.

These are a lot of good changes — ones that are do-able and will bring good results if I stick with them. The best part is, my children can work on them right along with me, and we’ll all learn as we go. What are your goals for the new year?

Organized Christmas.com

pinkballThis fall has flown by. Thanksgiving was here before I knew it, and now Christmas is on its way. Many people we know already have their trees up and decorations out, but we haven’t even brought out the boxes from the attic. Once we do, it usually takes us a couple of days to get everything set up — a couple of days of chaos, that is.

And then there are the gifts. I have much of my holiday shopping already completed (whew!), but we plan to take treats to our neighbors this year. And what about Christmas cards? It’s been nice keeping up with friends on Facebook, but there are others who haven’t joined that I need to get in contact with.

How to do it all, and without much stress? I’m finding help at OrganizedChristmas.com. If I had started back in August, I could have worked the Holiday Grand Plan — an 18-week schedule for organizing and cleaning your home in time for the holidays. There’s also a 6-week Christmas Countdown beginning the first of October so your holiday preparations are done by December 1. Though I missed those dates, it’s okay — there are still a lot of resources on the site for a late-comer like me.

Under the section entitled “Simplify Holidays”, you’ll find links to articles and free printables for just about any aspect of the season that’s overwhelming you. You’ll find tips and resources for creating a holiday budget, setting up a Christmas calendar, writing Christmas letters, and cutting down on clutter. These pages also include ideas for frugal gift giving, holiday cooking, decorating, and simplifying traditions. There’s even a section about teaching children how to give.

So if you (like me) are feeling a bit behind these days, don’t. Visit Organized Christmas, find some good ideas, and enjoy the season!