Happy New Year!!  I can not believe that it is 2013!!  It seems like we were celebrating the beginning of 2012 just yesterday.  I guess it really is true that time flies as you get older.  Good!!  I guess it will be time to retire before I know it.

Do you make New Year Resolutions?  Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.  Last year I only had one resolution.  It was “to get organized.”  I failed miserably.  Looking back I think my problem was I was too general.  Get Organized, what exactly does that mean any how?

Its on the list again this year, but I’m taking a different approach.  Instead of a general “I’m going to get organized”, I’ve laid out a battle plan.  A plan of attack if you will.  With each battle one, I get a reward!!  Rewards are fun, right?  When I talk about getting organized, I mean my house.  Doug gets irritated with me when I say our house is junky.  But it is.  My closets, cupboards, and extra rooms are brimming with gear, paraphernalia, belongings, possessions, things, etc.  You know plain old everyday junk!  I call it junk, because if it wasn’t junk I would be using it or lovingly storing it away.

So I’ve made a chart for each room of my house.  Each room I’ve broken down into easily manageable chores.  For instance: Master Bath (1) clean linen closet (2) clean under vanity (3) clean windows, walls, & baseboards.  When I’ve completed those things I reward myself with new bath linens and rugs.

I think having a detailed blueprint for organization is the best course of action for me.  I don’t have to finish one room at once, I can tackle a particular chore and feel a sense of accomplishment when I mark it off.  But once a room is finished and organized I receive a reward.  I’ve also made a list of rewards for each room.  I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m looking forward to it.

My other resolution is to let Doug know each day how much he means to me.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day chore of living that we forget to stop and let someone know we appreciate them.  Relationships are an important part of all of our lives.  So I’m also going to try to communicate and socialize more with those who matter.

I wish a good health, joy, and happiness in 2013.  happy-new-year-2013-249589

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