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These are such good ideas! I'm the worst throwing out pens and always just put it back in the pile even if it doesn't work! Glad I followed you through the Disney group :)

Meg @ www.myborrowedheaven.com

candy @ mommypalooza

Meg, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm so glad you find these tips useful. I've even made my kids go through their backpacks before they head back to school from being on break. They have SO many broken pencils and pens in there! Love the Disney group...I'm off to check out your blog. :)

Jessica H

Great ideas! I need to go do all of these right now!

candy @ mommypalooza

Thanks for stopping by! So glad you enjoyed these ideas. Happy New Year!


Good tips! I need to go through our spices, I haven't done that yet. We've been eating at home more but I know there are some hidden ones in the cabinet that could probably go!


Now I have a list of things I need to change/replace this weekend! We have been working on decluttering the house while my husband was still off work (he returned yesterday) and I just purged a ton of office supplies. Batteries changed in the smoke detectors will be next!

Brandy Arnold

Great tips! Last year I neglected so many home tasks while helping out with my dad. Now is a great time for a new organized start!


These are fabulous tips! I've done all this year except for my spices. This is a great reminder that I'm not finished yet!


It's interesting how little things like having a new toothbrush can really make an impact on how you feel. Just starting out the day fresh and clean makes me feel more put together. I'll have to tackle more of your list.


I do all of these, except that I have never ever thought about getting a new toothbrush after being sick. What a great idea!

Nina Say

Smoke detectors! I always forget to change the batteries in those darn things. Off to buy batteries...

Robin Gagnon

I have been doing a big purge in my house. Things really cluttered up in 2014...lol

Crystal Green

This is a list that we should all take to heart at the beginning of a new year. It's definitely a list that we should go through and do. Thanks for this powerful suggestion to start out the new year right.

 Valerie Remy-Milora

Great tips! I use spices all year long so replenish pretty frequently but that's a great tip. Not only do old spices loose their flavor but most of their nutrition value as well. Great idea to throw out old tooth brushes and other beauty essentials. I'd add clear out the medecine cabinet to that list

Denine Anderson-Regan

We use New Years and my birthday (June) to check the batteries in all of our smoker detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. I also like your tip about the spices - perhaps I should go through my drawer now! ;)


I over look the spices and I am sure I have some pretty old one's that need replaced! I've never kept old toothbrushes and replace mine every 6-8 weeks. I like the firmness of a new toothbrush. :)


I forget to change the batteries. That's a great idea!

Tiff @ Babes and Kids

I keep forgetting to buy new furnace filters and ours are bad. Our thermostat even says to replace it. I've been doing a lot of organizing and purging as well. I love the New Year!


Having batteries on hand saves us from the middle of the night alarm panics! Visiting from Mom it Forward :)

Digna D.

Very good ideas. We usually do our organizing, cleaning, etc. in the spring but there is never a bad time. Thank you for sharing.

Notorious Spinks

Thanks for these tips. I need to replace some things around here but been so busy. Thanks for the reminder.


These are really great ideas! I really need to go through my kitchen spices.


all are amazing tips. It's been a year since I've done my spices, so it's definitely time.


It's great to have a schedule for those types of things. Otherwise I end up obsessing in the middle of the night over what germs must be living on my sponges.

Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

I always forget about my sponge! These are all great things to replace and I will make sure to get on them :)

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