Week 1: The New 52

I’m back from my blogging hiatus! Last year I ended up taking on more than I had time for and blogging was unfortunately one of the things that had to be put on the back-burner for a while. This year I’m going to do another 52 weeks of organizing, only this time I will be organizing our new house!


One of the difficulties I had last year was that once Peter started walking and running our apartment didn’t work for us anymore. We started looking to rent a new apartment with backyard access in our neighborhood. After several months, we still hadn’t found an apartment to fit the bill so we expanded our search area and decided it was a good time to buy. We looked all over the NYC area, and considered everything from an apartment on the beach on Long Island to an undeveloped 3 acre lot an hour and a half from the city. We saw a lot of homes that would have been good enough, but were having a hard time finding the right neighborhood to match our personalities.

Finally, we stumbled on a little town just north of NYC that is full of beautiful historical homes, a modest but cute downtown, and enough green space and fresh air to suit us. We can walk to the train from our house and by train it is less than 30 minutes to Grand Central. We were delighted the night we finished moving in when Peter pointed at the sky and said “moon” and then looked around and said “hmm?” (Wondering what else he was looking at.) It was a sky full of stars! I guess I’m technically no longer a real housewife of NYC, but we’re close enough so I’ll keep the title for now.

So on to the new 52…

Things app

This week, I put my Things app to work and made lists galore. (I mentioned Things when I did the original 52 weeks of organizing). For the first week of the new 52, I made a project for each room in the house and then saved all the projects under my Home “Area.” (In Things, Areas are ongoing areas of responsibility and Projects are more short-term and can be marked as completed when they are done so they don’t clutter your screen.) Then I brain dumped everything I’d like to do in each room into the project for that room. I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to divide everything among the 52 weeks, but I’m sure I’ll have more than enough to do each week. I’m also sure there are many other things I haven’t thought of or added to the lists yet.

Are you up for organizing this year? If you are, let me know and if there is enough interest I can add a link-up.