10 To-Do's Before You Start that New Year's Resolution

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I've been thinking a lot about the New Year and how I have failed to keep every New Year Resolution I have made. This year I have a really great Resolution that will require one hour a week of my time. I've been contemplating what I could do prior to the New Year to ensure I had that additional one hour.

We can all admit that there isn't enough time in the day and if I'm really going to commit one hour per week to this resolution and stick to it, there are some things around the home that I need to get out of my mind. These are tasks that I don't have to do very often and can easily be pushed from one to-do list to another. Some might be small in scope — and definitely don't amount to a full hour — but simply having them in my mind or on a list somewhere brings me down. I have a vision of waking up on January 1st and not thinking about anything but the New Year! I thought I would share this list and invite you to share whether or not you are doing any pre-New Year's work to give those resolutions a better chance at sticking.

1. Wipe down baseboards in house.
This only needs to be done once or twice a year and you will be surprised how much cleaner it makes your home feel!

2. Finish up those sewing projects, or get rid of it.
We are all missing a button or two here, a fallen jeweled adornment there, so scratch these off of your list before the first!

3. Go through stack of papers on desk and either file it or throw it out.
This is a long time coming. Shred important documents that you throw away.

4. Take pile of stuff to Goodwill.
For some reason I just can't seem to get that Goodwill pile to Goodwill! Use this link for a donation center near you.

5. Hang 1 picture you've been meaning to hang. Just one.
I have more than one, but it's a start. It's also something Maxwell recommended in his 20/20 home cure.

6. Book appointments for the next six months.
I can think of one million reasons to not do this. In actuality it will take 20 minutes of my lunch break and I can take care of the dentist, hair cut and color appointments, veterinary and various other yearly doctor checkups.

7. Spend one hour cleaning out your email inbox.
My husband introduced me to this habit. Instead of keeping his mail in his inbox where it visually stressed him out. He archives his email and only leaves items that need following up in his inbox window.

8. Catch up with an old friend.
This is part of my New Years Resolution, so I thought I would get an early start on it.

9. Vacuum out car.
If you aren't a messy person this only needs to be done every 4 months.

10. Buy a book or two of stamps.
These are handy to have, especially after holiday gifting has subsided. Make sure you buy the "forever" stamps that will hold their value if postal rates rise.

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