I used to be a huge planner. I would have big annual goals, then quarterly, then monthly, then weekly.

The main problem with that is 1) Things always change. Life happens. 2) I would get bored at looking at the same goals all the time.

I know plenty of people that thrive on that, but I’m not one of them.

Instead I have been looking at making the present better. What can I do today to have better character? What can I do today to be healthier? What can I do today to help others in my business? What can I do today to have fun and feel fantastic?

I am tired of only looking to the future. I want to have a great day, today. This means a lot of flowing with what is happening and checking in with myself.

I still have goals and notice progress regularly. But they are shorter termed goals.

What can you do today, to make your present better?

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(If you thrive on more planning, you can see my Simple Annual Planning Workbook.)

Here are some things to do to get ready for the new year (it’s ok if it is after January 1):

  • Clear your desk
  • Sort through your papers
  • Catch up on emails
  • Create your coming year financial file folders
  • Write thank you notes
  • Input new addresses from your cards so you have them for next year
  • Find homes for new presents, decluttering if you don’t have space for them
  • Catch up on laundry (if your clothes don’t fit once they are all washed, it may be time to declutter some
  • Straighten up your makeup/grooming area in the bathroom
  • Clear off/update bulletin boards and whiteboards

If it feels overwhelming, split it up so you only have a little to do each day in January.

Pictures by Brea Dargis

Really there are only two questions you need.

1. What do I want less of this year?

Let’s see. For me, I want less TV. Less weekend working. Less Email checking. Less junk food.

2. What do I want more of this year?

For me, I want more fresh food. More nature. More music, dancing, singing, playing. More and deeper spiritual time. More teaching.

How about you?

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If you want more in depth planning, you can see my Simple Annual Planning Workbook.

Welcome to this week’s issue of Weekly Simplicity Tips.

Brea and I went on a winter walk this week:

Winter Stream

Winter Stream

Bunny Prints

Bunny Prints

Jet Stream

Jet Streams

Pictures by Brea Dargis

Warmly, Beth

 

Weekly Tips

  1. Save money by turning down the heat when you have lots of visitors.
  2. Rent instead of buying fancy party clothes.
  3. Cancel mail order catalogs that you didn’t use this year.
  4. Bring your own bags so you don’t come home with tons of plastic bags from holiday shopping.
  5. Allow introverts time alone when they are visiting.
  6. Don’t go wild with holiday food and alcohol. Remember that "enough is a feast." – Victoria Moran
  7. Remember you can’t make anyone different. Appreciate rather than get annoyed.

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I had a reader, email and ask how to organize kitchen cabinets. Here are some of the tips I sent:

  • Use a rack for your bowls and small plates (big plates if you have the room)
  • Pans can go on a rack on the wall or nested in a cabinet
  • If you have non-stick plans, put paper towels between pots and pans
  • The lids can go into a slot organizer like for mail
  • Cutlery needs a drawer/utensil organizers to keep knives, forks, spoons, etc. separated
  • Glasses can be placed upside down in the cabinet
  • Spices are good on a lazy susan in the cabinet
  • Boards can go next to the microwave if they don’t fit in drawers
  • Daily small appliances can go on the counter
  • Less used appliances can go into the cabinets
  • Cookbooks can go on a high shelf or a bookshelf on the wall. I would suggest though that favorite recipes be put in the computer. Most cookbooks can be given away unless you use them a lot.
  • Have a recyclable station in the basement or garage
  • The most important thing is to not have lots of stuff in the kitchen you don’t use

What tips help you in the kitchen?

Christmas lights

Figuring out how you want to feel this season is a way to find out what to say no or yes to.

I want to feel wonder and connection this season. So looking at the lights, going to Christmas eve service, singing in the choir, going to the various social things are yes for me. Baking and decorating aren’t big on my list this year.

For some it may be stillness and silence. Saying no to social obligations and creating extra quiet time is on their list.

For others the holiday season is all about creativity – so they love spending time making, decorating, taking pictures and wrapping presents.

Perhaps this year you want to feel giving and generous so you concentrate on picking presents and volunteering.

How do you long to feel this December?

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Photo by Guy Schmidt

 

Welcome to this week’s issue of Weekly Simplicity Tips.

Two exciting things to announce. You can get the 2014 Declutter Calendar in print as a gift HERE.

A reader asked what the little checkboxes are on the calendar. If you are a tracker, you can check off or star every day you declutter and every day you do your new habit.

My intervewiew with Mint.com has been posted.

Warmly, Beth

 

Weekly Tips

  1. Clear off your kitchen table and keep the paper out of the kitchen this season.
  2. Make room in the coat closet, drawers and bathroom for guests.
  3. Pack a lunch instead of buying out for some extra cash for gifts.
  4. If you don’t want to be bright and cheery this holiday season, you don’t have to.
  5. If you want to, dancing to fun Christmas tunes puts me in the holiday mood.
  6. Do your thinking at home about gifts rather than in the store where you may spend impulsively.
  7. Let someone into traffic, smile at the cashier, be kind where you can.

THE
LOVELY 
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FOR 2014 HAS ARRIVED!

Who do you know that wants to declutter and would enjoy this beautiful calendar?

Keep your life more organized for 2014 with this day-by-day guide to decluttering your life!

ONLY
$24.00
with FREE SHIPPING!

This calendar is brought to you by My Simpler Life & La Lovely Ink.