New Year Cleaning Challenge: It's Family Room Week!

Family Room Week

It's a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: the Family Room takes center stage.

For many of us, the family room is the hard-working hub of daily life. It's where we meet, eat, watch television, do homework, read and relax.

To bring order to the family room, we'll declutter, deep-clean and organize it this week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge.

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Dining Room Week Wrap-Up

This week, we headed into the dining room, cleaning and organizing our family's dining space. Time for a weekend wrap-up!

Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the dining room and dining area.

Tomorrow, we kick off Family Room Week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge, where we'll bring a new order to the household's center of family life.

Jumpstart January For An Organized Year

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Face it: it's January. Dreary weather is matched only by the dreariness of a house stripped of holiday decorations.

Children slog through the great dull stretch between New Year's Day and Spring Break, no longer distracted from their schoolwork by the excitements of the holiday season.

December's crowded calendar gives way to January's social slump. Video rentals soar as comfy sweats replace dress clothes on Saturday nights.

Take heart! There's another side to January!

Goalposts: What Football Players Know About Setting And Reaching Goals

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Wheeling my shopping cart down the aisle at the supermarket this week, I was forced to take notice that it was, indeed, football season.

With my attention distracted by a flashing soda display, my cart crashed into the corner of a miniature football field, constructed entirely out of beer cases.

Untangling my cart (and trying to shove the cases back into line before anyone noticed that I'd creamed the goalpost), it occurred to me that I could learn a lot about goals from football players.

Tame Morning Madness with a Family Launch Pad

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Morning Madness! Only the pre-dinner "Arsenic Hour" comes close in the "Calgon, take me away!" category.

Bathroom fights, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, "Mommy! I can't find my . . . !"

Getting the family out the door in the morning can make any parent want to pull the bedclothes up and hide.

One small concept can go a long way to taming the morning beast: the family Launch Pad. Just as a spaceship must have a dedicated structure to support liftoff, so family members need a Launch Pad to stabilize them as they blast out the door.

Resolutions Rescue: Clean Out The Refrigerator

Standing in line at the supermarket check stand, nobody can deny that we're on the dreary downside of a new year.

Tabloid headlines scream the weight-loss secrets of the stars, while traditional women's magazines sing siren songs of money-saving, belly-busting, speed-cleaning tips and techniques.

We ourselves? All those resolutions that looked so basic, so easy, so noble through the champagne haze of New Year's Eve have lost their rosy glow viewed in the stark light of a morning cup of coffee.

Take the New Year Cleaning Challenge

2015 Cleaning Grand Plan

Christmas has come and gone ... and left a mess behind. Looking around, you wonder how you'll ever dig out in time for Spring!

Solution? Take the Challenge!

Roar into the New Year and clean house fast with the New Year Cleaning Challenge from OrganizedHome.Com.

Based on Katie Leckey's Cleaning Grand Plan, the New Year Cleaning Challenge kicks off 2016 with a 14-week plan to clean and organize a spring-clean house.

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