Begin The New Year By Looking Back

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Eating an Elephant

January Newsletter

Christmas is over and the new year has begun! January is a great month to look back over the past year to see what items in your home didn’t get used. Whether it’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, tools, perfume/cologne, books, bathroom or kitchen items or other random items around the house, there are probably several things that need to find their way to the “donate”, “recycle” or “trash” pile. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but purging even a few items will help get your new year off to a good, and organized, start.

You threw WHAT into the dryer?!?!

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If you have a front loading washing machine this idea is perfect for you. Did you ever throw a load in to the washing machine only to come back and find a perfectly sweet and well-meaning person threw everything in to the dryer – including those specially made, NEVER-to-be-dried jeans and now they’ll never fit the way they used to? This didn’t happen to me personally, but it did happen to a friend of mine and let me tell you, she was bummed. To avoid mishaps like this in the future, the next time you throw your clothes in the washing machine and have to leave the house, take a dry erase marker and write on top of the washing machine what CANNOT go into the dryer. So brilliant! So easy! And so nice to not have to worry about well-intentioned people accidentally ruining your clothes.

Thanks mother’s niche for the great idea!

An anti-tip

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Today’s tip is kind of like an anti-tip. I’m going to tell you to NOT do something. I’ll give you a moment to digest that… Ok, ready for it? If something in your house is already clean, don’t bother re-cleaning it. I know for some of you that doesn’t mean much, but for those of us who land somewhere on the OCD spectrum there’s a good chance you have certain days when you do things. For me, laundry day is Saturday. Almost without fail (to the amusement of the people I live with). I just enjoy a fresh start each week!

But all this is beside the point. The point is, if you have a specific laundry day, or a cleaning day, or a certain day you run the dishwasher or wash your car or clean the floor or change your sheets, or whatever! If it doesn’t need to be done, don’t do it. Just because that’s the way it’s always been done doesn’t mean it HAS to be that way each week. Save yourself some time when you’re able and do something else productive. Or take a mini break in the middle of your day and recharge.

Now if you’ll excuse me, Monday is my grocery shopping day.

Where did that sock go?!

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Here’s a tip for that wonderful smelling, warm, delicious and absolutely lovely clean laundry – fold the laundry as it comes out of the dryer. Doing this will not only reduce the risk of wrinkles, but it also greatly reduces the risk of clothes ending up tossed on the floor or a chair or the top of the dresser or at the end of the bed which will eventually end up on the floor or… you get the idea. I think laundry that’s just piled on top of each other somehow creates more laundry. Like, it multiplies on its own. I’m not sure how, but when there’s a pile of laundry on the couch, I swear it just gets bigger and bigger every time I walk by. And then there’s that one sock that is just gone…. I have no explanation for that one.

So, whether you have a designated folding area in the laundry room or you have to use the couch, kitchen table, or kitchen counter, do yourself a favor and fold your clothes.


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