Fresh Start

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It’s the start of a new year and regardless of how you say it – clean sweep, new beginning, fresh start, or even tabula rasa – January is a perfect time to practice the old adage “out with the old and in with the new!”

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life

In this little gem of a book, Donna Smallin a nationally recognized organizing expert on cleaning and decluttering shares hundreds of practical one minute tips for decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. She includes ways to save money, reduce piles of clutter, and keep your home or office more organized with less effort. I found her “Keep or Toss” quiz especially helpful.

Good Housekeeping Simple Household Wisdom: 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home

For 130 years’ people have been turning to Good Housekeeping for lifestyle advice. This easy to use, clearly illustrated book continues that tradition. It gives the reader savvy shortcuts and expert advice about caring for your home including entertaining, decorating, organizing and cleaning tips. One of the tips, using less polish on the furniture and applying it to the cloth rather than directly on the furniture itself, worked great. I found that I had to dust less often and I saved money.