- Blog Post by: Lynn Underwood
- January 4, 2013 - 2:03 PM
It’s a new year and everyone has a new mission list.
What’s at the top of mine? You guessed it -- get organized and get more exercise.
Ugh. Still, I’m committed to making a dent in those messy closets, stuffed toy totes and overflowing files. As well as block out time to burn more calories every day. But how will I squeeze in “Nashville” and “The Good Wife?”
I came up with a brilliant idea: declutter and work out at the same time.
Task: Drive to a store to buy a label maker, a must-have miracle gadget, says every organization expert.
Workout: Park really far away and walk to the entrance and then back to the car three times.
Task: Pull out towels, hair products, boxes of saline solution and Kleenex out of the hall closet and organize it all in labeled totes.
Workout: Do jumping jacks for one minute.
Task: Bend over file drawers, culling income tax records from 10 years ago to make room to file new paperwork from three years ago.
Workout: Bend down and touch my toes 20 times.
Task: Sift through toy bins to determine what to keep and what to donate.
Workout: Do 10 squats by bending my knees and lowering my body into a squat position as if I were sitting in an imaginary chair. Make sure I keep my knees above my ankles.
Task: Clean the basement storage closet of “what was I thinking” ugly home accessories that will never, ever grace a coffeetable again.
Workout: Stand an arm’s length from the workbench top and do 20 standing push-ups.
Task: Lug boxes of storage stuff down the basement stairs.
Workout: Run up and down the stairs 5 times.
That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it — at least until Feb. 1.
What are some of your strategies for making your home clutter-free in the winter of 2013?
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