January 1

Happy New Year!

Before taking the tree down, toss any damaged holiday ornaments, lights or ribbons that don't look new anymore. Give away anything you haven't used this year. Don't store non-working strands of lights — fix first or discard.

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January 3

Get Organized

January 8

Tend to Small Fixes

Do a quick sweep of your house, making a list of any broken electrical plates, locks that need lubrication, sinks or tubs that need caulk — the nagging things that have piled up and feel overwhelming. Buy everything you need at the home improvement store and get all of these little jobs done in one concerted campaign.

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January 15

Quote of the Day

"Home is any four walls that enclose the right person."

— Helen Rowland

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January 23

Weekly Cleaning Tip

Besides the weekly rounds of your home's primary surfaces, tackle knickknacks, lampshades and all wall frames. Use a damp microfiber cloth with loops or strings — the material attracts dust like a magnet, plus it's machine washable for future use.

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