It’s the start of a new year – You’ve heard it a thousand times

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We’ve wrapped up another year and are all looking optimistically into the new year.

But I have to be honest with my friends and fans out there, there were times over the Christmas season that I wished there just wasn’t so much “stuff” in my house!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, but this was one year I felt the need to only pull out half the decorations.

I displayed the ones that I wanted to see and left the others in their totes.

Then comes the actual day! December 25th and wow! Where was I going to find a “home” for all these new gifts which I lovingly received. It is overwhelming the thought that I had my home “just so…” and then December 26th comes and I look around and say – now what am I going to do with that?

With small children it is even worse! So, I took my own advice. Slow down, take a deep breath and fix one thing at a time.

The kids got new clothes? Attack one bedroom with a clear donation bag and for every item I placed in the drawer or closet – two went into the donation bag. Eventually the kids clothes were put away! That makes you feel great, like you can tackle anything! Well that’s good because next is the toys!

Our holiday season is a wonderful time of giving and sharing. Of spending time with family and friends. The gifts we give and receive are thoughtful items for which we hope will enlighten and comfort our loved ones.

But sometimes I just wonder if we went without “giving” one year and just said “Merry Christmas” would we really experience a hardship?

There comes a time in your lives that material things just don’t bring the same joy as spending an afternoon laughing with your kids. Or an evening remembering old times with a friend.

So, I guess what I’m getting at is enjoy 2015, bring peace and calm into your lives. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, step back and close your eyes, remember you’re here for a reason. I know it and deep down inside so do you!key

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Pauline Hoffman, CPO® founded Just In Time Solutions in November of 2001. Her clients feel comfortable and at ease as they make important, and sometimes daunting decisions about their space and belongings. Clients often comment how much easier their lives have become, which allows them to maintain a more independent lifestyle, regardless of age and/or ability.

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