Gratitude and Organizing 2014

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I went for a hike today.  “Big Deal” you’re probably thinking.  But it was a pain free hike!  It is a Big Deal.  Last year at this time I was a week away from ankle fusion surgery.  Long recovery.  Today I am hiking the trails pain free!  I remember looking at an oncoming hiker/walker/runner and longing for their ankle.  Did they even  know how lucky they were?!  Today I have my very own pain free ankle.  Why did I wait so long to have that surgery?  Fear

I also have to mention the best thing that happened in 2013.  My daughter Katie went through a harrowing pregnancy which included a trip to a fetal surgeon in Los Angeles.  I now have one year old identical twin granddaughters, born early, and small but mighty.  They are healthy, happy, normal babies! MackenzieOlivia

In spite of another grandchild, this time a boy born to my son and his wife, I am very happy to see 2013 in the rear view mirror.  In 2014 I am going to:

Be More Organized…is on my list of New Year’s Resolutions every year.  I looked at my list from last year (which I put in a document in order to be more organized)  Yep, there it was.  I added it to my new list because this year I really, really, mean it.  But what does not being organized mean?

Piles!  That’s what it means to me.  Why does everything end up in a pile?  And what you want is always on the bottom?  Speaking of piles, I went to my piles of old magazines where I was vaguely sure that Real Simple magazine: www.realsimple.com did an issue in January on Organizing.  The January 2014 issue is all about finding the “balance in your life”, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist and is not achievable if it does.  However!  The January 2013 issue was all about organizing!

And there it was.  It jumped off the page at me.  A solution for the biggest nemesis I have:  the bathroom medicine cabinet.  Maybe you don’t have a medicine cabinet, but we are currently renting a house and all rental houses come with small medicine cabinets.  I have quite the pile in that cabinet.  A pile of lipstick, gloss, brushes, mascara, eyeliner and pencils in my daily attempt to achieve “Informal Beauty.”

I am about to share with you this item that changed my daily life:

Medicine Cabinet Organizer     Just click on the picture to get to the site

Now I am going to share with you the before:medicine cabinet mess

And the after! organized!

I was so excited about this, I bought two of the organizers for my husband.  Here are his:Tom's organizers He just doesn’t get it.

If you purchase this item, please send me a picture!  What is your best answer to an organizing problem?  I’d like to hear about it!

Happy New Year!  I will try to organize my thoughts this year also!