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Monday Musings

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Jan 2, 2017

Happy New Year my friends!

I hope that your holidays were fun-, family- and food-filled! I hope you were able to connect and spend time with loved ones, both near and far and I hope your souls were nourished.

While I did step away for the past two weeks, I've been busy getting the blog ready for the new year and I'm excited for what is planned. 

First up, will be the Declutter series that my No Place Like Home friends and I are starting this Friday, January 6. I don't know about you, but when I have a large task, it always helps me to be held accountable and to have a reward at the end.  To that end, we will be giving away a $150 gift card from The Container Store! To enter the contest, stop by the blog each week for the next 4 weeks, starting Friday, and share your declutter challenges and successes. We are looking forward to decluttering our spaces with you!1-start-the-year-off-right-graphic

  • In preparation for THE DECLUTTER, check out the suggestions from Houzz.
  • And Zen Habits has even more suggestions for getting organized.
  • Angie has some great suggestions for organizing your kitchen. (Do you see a trend here?)
  • While I'm not saying this is a resolution of mine (only because I'm not a resolution-maker), I will say that I need to me more mindful of this.
  • I love a good update! Check out how Sherry updated a light fixture with…what?…galvanized buckets from WalMart?
  • My friend Robin joined several other bloggers to decorate a Habitat for Humanity home over the holidays and it turned out fantastic. Check it out here.
  • While I love just about everything about KariAnne's dining room, those floors!!! (OK…and that fabric bolt holder!) 

Well my friends, those are my musings for this Monday. 

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  1. RoseMarie

    January 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    We’re on the same page regarding organizing for the new year. Our small home has 3 closets, no basement, attic or garage. I’m a treasurer of fine thing large and small and now in my 7th decade have collected Many treasures that I find it impossible to part with no matter how much information or books I “check out” for tips on de-cluttering. I guess I don’t consider my treasures clutter (issue number two) and the lack of storage space is very frustrating (issue number one). I went from 3,000 sq foot home with garage and attic to a home with 1,800 sq. feet (issue number 3) and in the ensuing years since the move have added quite a number of treasures. So as I chip away at it bit by bit, doing the best I can I realize there are some “things” that are as much a part of me as is my skin :). I’ll be watching your blog for tidbits.

    • lynn

      January 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Rosie, those treasured trinkets are the hardest to part with, no doubt. And I do think it’s a process, a journey, as opposed to a final destination. One thing I really try to adhere to is that each time I bring something new into the house, I try to send out at least one but hopefully two things. Keep plugging away!

  2. Melissa

    January 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Very timely subject. I am all for decluttering, but my issue is business clutter. I have a vintage booth, do around 20 shows a year as well as selling on ebay and etsy. I have a continual stream of objects coming into my home and need a way to organize so I can find things when I need them for a booth theme or specific show.

    • lynn

      January 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Hello Melissa, and what a fun job. But I can so see how your ‘inventory’ could become overwhelming. Not sure exactly what your inventory would be, but is there a way that you could have those big Tupperware totes labelled for each ‘type’ of inventory and place them in the totes when they come in your home? Or depending on the sizes, shelves in a closet, each dedicated to a certain ‘type’ of inventory, say ‘china’, ‘fabric’, etc…? I’ll keep brainstorming and let you know if I come up with anything good..

  3. carolyn

    January 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I’ll be following closely this year. I’ve had intense chronic pain over the last 5 years since I had shingles(be sure to get your shingles shot!) and have not been able to do much cleaning/organizing, so my husband has been doing it. He does great, but I really need to get things organized and decorated again…in small increments of time when my pain isn’t too bad. I’m looking for some good ideas!

    • lynn

      January 4, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Hi Carolyn,

      And I’m so sorry about your chronic pain!I do hope you are on the mend. I was aware that shingles caused pain when they were active, but didn’t know that the issues could last for years! Going to ask my doctor about that vaccine at my next appointment.
      Sounds like you have a wonderful husband! While my hubby is great in so many ways, ‘cleaning and organizing’ are not his strong suits! And I can only imagine that you are chomping at the bit to dive and and get stuff done. Funny how we take little things like for granted until we are unable to do them.

      I will keep you in my thoughts for your continued recovery and that you’ll be up and organizing in the very near future.

      Many Hugs,



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