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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!

  2. ,My word for 2021 is PURPOSE. FOR ME THAT MEANS SETTING GOALS, BEING OF SERVICE, ACHIEVING MEANING TO MY LIFE.
    pur·​pose | \ ˈpər-pəs \
    Definition of purpose: 1a: something set up as an object or end to be attained : INTENTION
    b: RESOLUTION, DETERMINATION

    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.

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