Homekeeping Favorites

As we enter the New Year, everyone is looking to keep one's home clean, organized, free of clutter and stocked with the essentials.  I'm no different, because my home is where I like to have everything within easy reach and be able to do a number of projects at a moment's notice.  As much as I like to think every space within my home is organized, there is always room for improvement or change.  The new year gives me the opportunity to start with a clean slate.

Going through my various homekeeping posts I decided to give you a highlight from some of my favorite ones.  These are the tips and lessons that I adhere to at home since they have served me well over the years.  It's never too late to learn something new, return to an old favorite or think about tackling one of those problematic areas at home.

If you have a moment over the weekend, figure out what needs to be done around the house.  Make a list of those areas which need organization and then plan out how you want to do it.

In the next few days I am going to be reshuffling and redoing my pantry area.  It requires some attention and now is the perfect time to be doing this.  Over the course of this past year our habits and needs have changed somewhat from the status quo.

For now, let's go through my Homekeeping Favorites and see if any of them can be applied to your spaces.

An Organized Home Office
This is one of my favorite spaces because everything has its place.  When I'm done working here, I simply close the doors and the office blends in with the rest of the room.

With a lot of copper in my home, it's very important to keep it in top form.  I love using it to decorate,  but I really like to use it to create and share the sweetest things.

With several commercial polishing agents out there to polish copper, it's good knowing earth-friendly alternatives.  

I've reposted this particular story several times because it is important.  Let's make it a habit in 2014 to keep our wooden cutting boards properly cleaned and conditioned.

Storing Silverware
Whether I'm using it for a simple weekday meal or I'm going to set a nice table for a special occasion, I always make sure my silverware is cleaned and polished.  Storing it is just as important, because leaving it exposed to the elements or having it in the wrong container can seriously tarnish this wonderful metal.  Salt & pepper shakers are also beautiful additions to a table.  Go through that post and see how I keep mine. 

One of the most important things for anyone to know, whether you own a home or not.  Having a plan & knowing the basics to fire prevention, should a mishap arise inside one's abode, is essential for everyone.    

My pantry needs some attention and this weekend I plan on tackling it before I go on a trip.  I want to return to a clean and organized pantry so that I can work in my kitchen like any good home chef should.  I can't wait to do this.

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Even if you're just replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors, take a moment to redo a space, organize an area and maintain your home.  It's a good idea to start the year feeling like you've accomplished a little something around the house.  Enjoy the new year!