Saturday, January 3, 2009

What a great way to start the New Year

Bright and early on the second day of 2009, I drove up to the KHON studio. I was excited about my interview with Kirk Matthews on the morning news show. But to my disappointment, a huge downpour opened up on me as I was going into the station!

Well, it’s the New Year, so what does everybody want to talk about? New Year’s resolutions, of course. So when Kirk asked me what’s the biggest New Year’s resolution? That was easy—edit and declutter! The biggest challenge people have is knowing where to begin.

So my tip for him and for you is first, determine your style. Pick a dominant style. Then pick a dominant color. A lot of people have too many different styles and colors going on in their space and it becomes chaotic. You need a focus.

Once you determine a dominant style and color, it becomes a lot easier to see what you can get rid of, what you can repurpose, what you can donate, and what you still may want to purchase.

Kirk latched right onto that! He said, So donating, is that a good idea for some of your things? I said yes, there are so many great charitable organizations that can use our help, especially in times like these, and it’s a great way not only to get a tax write-off, but to edit things you don’t need.

And for those of us who need to be budget-conscious? Instead of out with the old and in with the new, maybe you just need new cushions or a fresh coat of paint. Or give your lanai a fresh look with some furniture from the living room.

The segment went well and Kirk was a great host. And as I left the studio, I saw that the sun was shining! What a great way to start the New Year!