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  1. Ha! My first reaction to the title of this post was Hire a maid! But then after reading a bit I thought maybe you could just move in here and organize my house but on second thought maybe I should move in with you since your home is so lovely I could just sit and relax!
    Seriously, I do a great number of the 25 ideas but I no longer bother with spreadsheets and tracking spending. I did so much of that all my married life that I have a standard budget technique now so that I know all my bills are covered and I can spend the rest. It’s a bit different when you are retired. I’ve kept a Christmas journal over ten years now and I can tell you just how many pounds of prime rib I needed to feed the entire family. It’s been a great resource and the only problem is that I completely filled the first book so need to refer back to the old one.
    I don’t have my word of the year yet, my source is buried behind the Christmas tree which will come down this week. I use a stack of grace cards and choose one at random each year. It is astounding how apt each of them has been, I do hope this one is encouraging. Last year’s was surrender which the entire world did. Happy new year, Lory. I do hope 2021 is easy!

    1. I just love that idea of the grace cards! How fun it would be to see what comes up… 🙂 Although as a control freak, I like to select my areas of focus… 😉 Maybe next year’s word should be letting go… HA!

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    Definition of purpose: 1a: something set up as an object or end to be attained : INTENTION

    I moved last year and am finally becoming settled and organized..so happy about that!! I spent money like water fixing the place up. That’s over; I have no walls left to decorate, haha. I’ll just move stuff around now!! I love French country and have collected for years so I’m all set.

    I set up a budget…I call it a MAP, Money Allocation Plan and am tracking every bit of spending on a spreadsheet so I can see where the money is going. I know it will be a big job, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it will direct my spending.

    Good health is key and I feel better than I have in a while so physical health is also in my plans. I am in the process of adopting a coton de Tulear dog and will be volunteering at the rescue shelter as well so am excited about all that.

    Lots of good ideas and I am already doing some of them or will use some of them this year. Thanks

  3. Donna Nance says:

    Excellent post! Pinned it and will refer to it again so I can refine some of my routines.

  4. I love your organizing tips Lory. You always show me some new way to reimagine my routines! 🙂 Thanks so much and Happy Organized New Year!

  5. I love your organization ideas. Can you tell me where you got the white desk shown in the picture above idea #16? Thank you so much!!

    1. Thank you! And great eye. That’s brand new in a space I haven’t even revealed yet… 😉 But yes, it’s from Restoration Hardware Baby. No, I don’t have a baby, but I needed a small desk… lol!

  6. Janet Lampman says:

    Great list! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Carol Benchouia says:

    I keep notes on my phone for almost everything! Christmas gifts I buy each year, how much I spent – especially for the grandsons. The minute they open their gifts they look at the others and COUNT how many the other one got! I also have a page for Christmas decor that I want to be on the lookout for in September of the following year, if I haven’t found it on clearance. I also keep note pages on books I want to read, movies/binges I want to see. I keep this during the Emmy’s and Oscars because I surely haven’t seen them in a theatre…even before Covid! I have a list for Costco shopping, bucket list travel destinations…everything!

    1. Oh yeah, we can hang out together! LOL… 🙂 All great ideas!! I have the book and movie lists too, and when I first stopped working full time, I actually created a spreadsheet by aisle for groceries! Now I document a lot of things with photos (favorite products) and keep them in a folder on my phone. Comes in handy when you can’t remember the exact color you use for concealer or whatever.

  8. Paula Petrul says:

    Great read to start my year. Sounds as if we have the same husband. Now how to organize them…

  9. I am retiring in a few months and have added a few of your items to my 25 Things to do when I retire list. Thanks for such beautiful ideas and decorating. I sense your warmth and kindness in all your posts. Happy 2022~

  10. I love this post with all of the great tips. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Every January I go through my closet and remove what I don’t want. I turn the hanger hooks away from me. As I wear an item I turn the hanger to face me. Next January I see which clothing items I haven’t worn and I remove them. Then I repeat what I did the previous January.