Now that we have a goal and budget for this holiday season, it's time to turn our attention to our surroundings, and get our house in order so we can enjoy a relaxing environment during what can be a very stressful time.
The single best thing you can do to make your home feel better is to declutter. I know that sounds simplistic, and it's certainly not easy to do when you live with other people (this is my own personal struggle at the moment), but that doesn't change the fact that it's true. So at least declutter what you can.
I highly recommend the best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I actually wrote a short series of posts about the book, which you may also find helpful.
My kids are off from school tomorrow as well as the entire week of Thanksgiving, so barring any all-consuming projects, I plan on using the KonMari method described in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to help them declutter their possessions.
Once you've decluttered (or while you're decluttering, if you prefer), you can clean your house. Make a list of cleaning projects that need to be done. My list includes steam-cleaning the carpets, thoroughly wiping down the kitchen cabinets (not just the parts that are easy to reach), and scrubbing the baseboards. The tasks may seem overwhelming, but don't think about the how right now - just think about the what.
Tomorrow, we'll talk about the how.
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