Happy New Year! It was great to unplug the past two weeks to enjoy the holiday with friends and family. As much as I love being connected, it was relaxing not to be a slave to social media or a post schedule. It was a time for me to re-charge and get ready for a brand new year of blogging excitement!
But getting started again is hard!
I sat down at the computer in my home office no less than a dozen this past weekend with the intention of getting my editorial calendar in order and even getting a jump-start on some blog posts for this week. Somehow though, staring at an empty year calendar and even worse, a blank Word document, was daunting. The post ideas and words just wouldn’t (or couldn’t?) come to me. Had I taken too long of a writing/blogging/social media break?
I cleaned out and re-organized our home filing system. I eliminated as much paper as possible and signed up online to get as many eBills as possible. I shredded old bills, threw out irrelevant files and even gathered up all of our 2013 miscellaneous receipts and medical expenses for when we file this year’s tax return.
I cleaned out and re-organized the kidlets linen closet. I threw out all the expired or soon-to-be expired medications, lotions & hand sanitizer (I didn’t even realize they had expiration dates on them), consolidated the kidlets medications by type into various bins, made a dedicated oral care bin and sorted thru all the towels, getting rid of some and re-folding the rest to fit neatly on the shelf.
I cleaned out and re-organized my son’s clothes closet. I organized them by short vs. long sleeve and then by superhero, video game character, sports jersey, stripes and “dress” shirt (which for a six-year old means a plain polo shirt!).
I cleaned out and re-organized the kidlets home library. I sorted thru the various little libraries throughout our home filled with the kidlets books. I pulled out ones they don’t read anymore or are too old for and placed them with out donation pile. I organized the remaining books by size and with all the binds facing out to make it easier to pick out a book they want to read.
Books, books and more books – but now organized!
And when I couldn’t clean out or re-organize any more, I did three large loads of laundry, folded and hung up everything and then put it all away.
It was when I was folding the last load of laundry last night that the idea for this post came to me – that my blogging procrastination did have a benefit — it got me got off to an organized and clutter-free start for 2014.
Now it’s your turn to share. What do you hope to do in 2014?
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