Saturday, January 3

Happy (Clean) New Year!

It's been quite a month...and obviously not one that had me focusing on this blog. So sorry about that (again!).  Luckily, thanks to this Pinterest pic of our master bath which has been re-pinned close to 2,000 times and is linked to this site, traffic to the blog has remained steady...a fact that amazes me. Thanks to those of you who have found our little DOTS blog. Hope you enjoy it and I promise to dive right back into now that the New Year is here.

Speaking of New Year's, after a full month of holidays and houseguests, our home is suddenly very quiet and quite a mess! But as a friend recently posted, I am doing my best not to be sad it's over, but instead happy that it happened at all! Our "new" house was put to the test over Christmas with up to 10 people in it over the course of two weeks. I am proud to say that it held up well and gave everyone a place to be without being on top of each other which was a goal of ours when we renovated - so job well done us!!!

Now that the distraction of the holidays and our birthdays and our anniversary and big work milestones have passed, I am in need of something else to focus on.  I am one of those people that HATES the long, drab, dreary days of January and February. I don't mind snow, but the endless grey days depress me. And as much as I would love to hop on a Caribbean cruise, I am forced to stay here and send my children to school (stupid rules).

After a little bit of soul searching today in the car (I am not very deep so it didn't take long), I realized that one thing that helps me feel happy is when I feel organized and clutter free. Not sure why this peps me up but for some reason it does. I recently came across an article on a New Year Cleaning Challenge. It's a 14 week challenge that helps you work through your entire house to get it ready for spring.

I like the chick with the pink cleaning gloves. I bet she's never worn a pair in her life. Anywhoo...this sounds a weeee bit intense for me BUT it does inspire me to give the house a good old fashion top to bottom decluttering (in my spare time!)  The obvious place to start is with the Christmas decorations which are currently being dethroned. We went to the Container Store and got some fancy new ornament holders with the hope of reducing the number of random plastic bins that have taken over our attic.  I also plan to go through all of our Christmas decorations and donate the things that never see the light of day. Sad as it is (and I can hear my mom giving these inanimate objects a squeaky voice that says "Don't get rid of meeee....") it just doesn't make sense to keep them. So off they'll go to Goodwill.

After the house is back to normal, I am going to tackle the front hall closet. I know...I have said this before but this time I mean it. It is just such a disorganized, dirty mess and it's the first thing you see when you come into our house. And why can't mine look like one of these right? What do they have that I don't? (Sanity. A closet designer. No children?)

Alright but back to the ugly task of un-decorating our house for now. One thing at a time! Happy New Year to all of you and may it be sunny and clean.