Happy New Year everybody! Now is the time for new beginnings, resolutions and starting the year off right. It’s also a great time to give your home a good de-cluttering. You see New Year is a good deal like being a bride. You have things that are old, new, borrowed and (in the fridge) blue. Since it’s the most likely to be the most disgusting, we can start with the blue.
Time to clean out the fridge, cupboards and under the couch. If you have a junk drawer it’s time to clean that out as well. These are most likely the places that you will find old food growing its own eco system. Clean until you see the bottom of what you are cleaning and then give the bottom a good scrub.
Time to give stuff that isn’t ours back. It may have been that turkey pan that you borrowed from your mom. It could be a DVD that you borrowed from a friend on Halloween. It’s a good time to send all the things that aren’t really your property back to their rightful owners.
Time to get rid of old clutter. Old baby clothes need to go to the a thrift store or to someone who has a child in that age group. Old toys can be donated to a child care center or to a church nursery. Old clothes (or clothes that we have no chance of fitting into this year) can also be sent on their way.
The last thing that needs to be done is finding homes inside your home for all the new items you have obtained during the holidays. This could mean hanging your cookware on the wall or putting your children’s stuffed animals in a hammock above the foot of their bed. Congratulations! Your home should now be organized for a new year.
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Ageless with Kathy Smith: Total Body Turnaroundon DVD is made up of three 20-minute workouts (Circuit, Balance, and Energy) so you can mix and match as you’d like. Kathy’s circuit-training segment trims and firms, the second improves balance and flexibility, and the third awakens new energy with a bit of yoga.
What I Like About This DVD
If you’re like me, and you fell into a bad habit of not exercising over the holiday pass4sure months, and work a desk job on top of that, getting back into exercising requires some basic rebuilding first. Ageless with Kathy Smith: Total Body Turnaround covers all of your basics, cardio, strength, flexibility, and stamina. It’s the perfect jump start.
I’m under the impression that this DVD is geared towards an “older” crowd, but I’m not sure what age range would be considered “older.” When done properly, meaning you push yourself to your personal limit and perform the actions according to what your body requires, anyone of any age will get a workout from this one. I would simply say if you’re looking for a DVD that is more simple and easier to follow than some of the more “aggressive” workout DVDs, then you’ll be happy with this one. And yes, you will get a workout, but you won’t hate yourself the next day with this one. 😉
What I Didn’t Like About This DVD
The first workout was just shy of 24 minutes. I know, 4 extra minutes ultimately is not that big of a deal and we all could certainly use that additional exercise, but if I’m really short on time 4 extra minutes is a big difference from the 20 minutes of time I was told this workout would take.
The second and third workouts do better about sticking to the 20 minutes promised. pass4sure
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I’ve heard good things about Curves “gym.” I use quotes around gym on this one because it’s not your typical gym environment. It’s geared towards women, particularly those that aren’t already perfect. 😉 So if you’ve been curious about trying out Curves to lose weight, now is the time to try because it’s only $10 to get started!
… so perhaps I should jump back on my “Excersice” New Year’s resolution with this offer. 😉
As you begin to think about taking down all the decorations, it’s a good time to give yourself an organizational head start for next year. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind as you say good bye to the holidays and hello to 2012.
1. Donations. As you begin to pack up your decorations, it’s inevitable for you to ‘run into’ those things in your attic, your garage or any other storage spot in your house that you haven’t used in a long time. It has been said that if you haven’t used something (aside from seasonal items) in six months, you probably won’t use it again. But, if you want to give yourself an even more conservative timeline, you can ask yourself if you have used your “stored” items in the last year. If not, then get rid of them. And, if they are in decent condition, then you may want to consider making a donation to a non-profit organization with a 501c3 status so that you can get a tax write off for 2011.
2. Make Lists. If you haven’t already taken advantage of Christmas clearance sales, take note of what’s missing, broken or just something you wish you had this year and see if you can get it now while all the decor is discounted. If you’re not in hurry, then the list will help you for next year’s clearance sales. Put the list IN THE BOX with all the Christmas decorations so that all things Christmas stay together.
3. Trash. The trash can is your friend, really. As you go through your “storage,” if there are things that don’t work or that you planned on fixing four years ago and just haven’t gotten around to it, dump it! No need to collect dust and take up space you could use for more valuable items.
I like going into the new year a little more organized and these are just a few easy ways to do it. What do you like to do to get organized for the new year?