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Totally Together

Day 3

January 3, 2010 by  


Three days into the New Year. Do you still have holiday decorations up? Many people don’t take down the holiday trimmings until the 6th of January. If that’s your family tradition, that’s absolutely fine—make sure you know where all the boxes and wrappings are to stow away the fragile items safely for next year.

If you don’t wait until the 6th to stow things away, then get as much done as you can before the new week begins. While outside taking down lights and the wreath, take the time to walk the perimeter of the house.


Make a Punch List

Walk through every room in the house. Jot down everything that needs to be done to get your house in good repair. Do the baseboards need to be painted? Pictures hung? Light bulbs changed? Drywall patched? Ignore the dust bunnies for now. We’ll get to them in due time.

When finished, walk around the perimeter of your home and write down everything that needs to be taken care of out there.
coming up tomorrow: getting reacquainted with the Daily 7.

yesterday: Avoiding Burnout

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6 Responses to “Day 3”

  1. Amy on January 3rd, 2010 4:38 pm

    I am SOOOOOO happy that you are doing this. I look forward to the new posts everyday and am trying to implement everything that you are talking about. I have LOVED both of your sites from the very beginning. :)

  2. Crystal on January 3rd, 2010 8:31 pm

    Stephanie, I too love both of your blogs. I still reference your crockpot blog each week for my weekly meal planning.

    I am currently discussing ‘Simple Abundance’ on my blog to help my readers obtain perspective for the new year. Not sure if you have ever had the opportunity to peek into this book or not, but it is an awesome daily reader. It works beautifully with your day by day totally together approach, which I am also going to reference on my blog, if you do not mind.

    Awesome work! Forgive me if I missed it, but have you had your little one yet?

    • Stephanie on January 3rd, 2010 10:11 pm

      Hi Crystal,

      I haven’t had a peek at that book, I’m going to look for it on Amazon. Thank you for the head’s up!

      Nope, no new little one yet. I feel pretty good, though, and am thankful the holidays are completely over and I can concentrate on her whenever she makes her grand arrival.

      xoox steph

  3. jennibell on January 3rd, 2010 10:05 pm

    Thank you for this idea. . .a great way to start the week and the new year!!!

  4. Shirley @ gfe on January 3rd, 2010 11:04 pm

    I’m really enjoying these posts, too, Stephanie. This one helped me get more accomplished today. Feeling lethargic after returning from vacation to regular routines and colddddd weather. 😉

    Thanks! It’s a treat to hear from you daily!


  5. Lisa on January 5th, 2010 12:10 pm

    I love your Punch List idea! Now I can get everything on paper instead of noticing things when I can’t address them and they just clog up my brain and my energy.

    p.s. I bought your book for myslef for Christmas and love it! 😉

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