Well, are your Christmas decorations put away yet? I admit, though I love to put them up, I quickly want to put them away after December 25. It depresses me to know I have to wait another ten or eleven months to celebrate Christmas again, and I don't want the reminders!
One thing that really helps me to face the new year and get organized is a simple trick I've been using for years. Anytime I am at a thrift store or a home goods sale, I look for baskets. Mostly all the same color, but the shape and size are important too.
I seriously have baskets all over my house. They help to hold books in the bedroom, stationery in the loft...
...and of course magazines waiting to be read.
Once in a while I break out of my usual basket style and color, especially when I see something that I really love. This copper bucket was $25 at an antique sale, and it works perfectly next to the door as a catch-all for shoes.
So, my first tip for 2009? Keep your eyes peeled for cute and functional baskets when you are out and about. Even if I don't know where I will use it, if I see a great basket I just buy it and stash it away somewhere. Then when I get on an organizational kick, I have plenty of baskets to choose from!