I remember New Years Eve 2000 – 2001. It was quiet in our small rented house circa 1918. I remember sitting on our couch with my wife recounting the events of the year — watching the glow of the neighbor’s fireworks through our front room window — the soft hum of holiday music rolling from the CD player. It was our first New Year’s celebration as parents. The baby lay sleeping in the back bedroom…for now. It was a peaceful moment that I still cherish...
Little did we know that just 4 days later I would experience my first layoff, and the peaceful rolling of events was about to turn into a daily race to impress. The new year was waiting and it didn’t waste any time handing us new challenges.
To one degree or another, each year is that way. We never really know what’s ahead of us, but we dive in anyway. We find ourselves rushing toward the beginning of some events and the end of others. Settling back into a normal routine for the last few months of the school year — laying out the plans for the new vegetable garden — tacking resolutions to the white board and believing that somehow, this year, they’ll stick. After all, the new year brings more than just new challenges — it’s filled with the promise of a fresh start.
Those promises are more easily realized when we plan ahead, control our time, and organize our space. Teachers have noted that one of the biggest challenges students have isn’t their ability to do the work, but their ability to keep it all organized. Some useful organizers for the students in the family could make a world of difference. A few organizers for Mom can’t hurt either.
And Dad will do well to finally decide where he’s going to keep his tools so he can find them when that next big project comes up.
Yeah, it’s January again. And I, for one, am ready for it. I could use a fresh start.
Kick off the new year with a few fresh organizers for you and the kids: