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Gentle reader, if you are anything like me, the hustle and bustle of the holidays leave you spent. I have been over-stimulated for months — too much food, too much drink, too many do-dads all around the house, just too much of everything. January has become one of my three "clean up my life" times of year. Second to April's spring cleaning but somehow a little more involved than September's back-to-school organizing (let's admit, that is just a hold-over from school days so that the older I get, the less important it seems), January is my new get-it-done month. What needs to get done is for me to create a calm and serene surrounding in which I can relax and undo my Christmas season damage.

My first step typically involves finding some inspiration — something I can leave on my computer desktop, print off, or tape to my corkboard, as a way to keep me inspired and on track. Below are this year's offerings:

Notice how each relies on a limited colour palette, a few well-placed objects and one or two pieces hanging on the wall. They are the antithesis of holiday houses, and a welcome breather for me. Enjoy.

For more ideas for de-cluttering, browse our Home Organization Tricks photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1-2. La Maison d'Anna G blog, photography by Marcus Lewett
3. Japanese Trash blog
4. The Style Files blog, photography by Bo Bedre

Author: 

Meg Crossley

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