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The post-holiday declutter has begun in the Organizing Lives' households! With so many additional items on the to-do list in both November and December, plus an unusual inflow of new stuff into our homes, it is normal for clutter to build up a bit this time of year.

As you go through your own post-holiday decluttering, remember to focus on your progress and let go of perfection.

Perfection says to get your home perfectly in order right away, which adds to the stress of clutter. Progress, on the other hand, says to tackle the project in steps, over a period of days or even weeks, focusing all the while on the fact that your home is beginning to look better, and feel better, too!

Take action! If your home needs a post-holiday declutter session and you're feeling overwhelmed, begin by making a simple list of the areas you'd like to declutter. Then, tackle your list one item at a time, keeping your eyes focused on the progress you're making, instead of what is still lingering on your to-do list. You'll feel better, and stay more motivated during the process.

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Ahhh....a new year! And with it, the possibilities are endless and exciting! It's a chance to reflect on the past year, take stock of what's working, and assess what changes you'd like to make in the year ahead. If your goal is to become more organized this year, you are not alone. Real Simple Magazine tells us that 78% of people say 'get organized' as one of their top priorities for 2012. Do you crave the peace, calm and beauty that greater organization would offer you? There's something undeniably satisfying about cleaning up and clearing out. When you endeavor to really take stock and let go, you do more than simply rid your space of clutter; you begin to see what you have with fresh eyes. And something else happens too. New spaces begin to open up, inviting you to move your life forward, one step, one decision at a time.

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Kim & Sandra


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