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How long have you lived in your current home? For Jay and I, it’s close to two decades! It’s hard to believe…well, at least until you start looking around. That’s when you see that this place we call home could use a little TLC.

In light of this, I’m starting a new series on my blog called Project Refresh. In each post I’ll share a simple project designed to refresh an area of my home or life. These won’t be major makeovers, but just simple little projects to freshen up a space, my wardrobe, my schedule, etc. My to-do list is long, and I firmly believe that everything is more fun with friends along for the ride. That’s why I’ll be sharing, and why I’m inviting you to join me in the fun!

How can you participate? Well, it can be as simple or as involved as you’d like. When you see a Project Refresh post, you can simply leave a comment sharing what project you’re working on or plan to start soon. Or, if you want to dive in a bit deeper, you can share photos of your project on Instagram using the hashtags #ProjectRefresh and #simplify101. If you do, you might just see your photos and projects featured here on the simplify 101 blog. Fun? I think so, too!

If you’re thinking, I’m ready to refresh an area of my home but I’m not sure where to start, here are some ideas to get you started.

Make a Project Refresh list. Simply pull out a piece of paper or your favorite list-keeping app, and brainstorm a short list of project ideas. Take a little walk around your home and look for areas that are a bit tired, dated, or cluttered, anything that could use a little freshening up. Here are some ideas for your list:

Project Refresh List

Free Project Refresh Ideas

  • Rearrange the furniture
  • Put away a few knick-knacks, or restage the items on your shelves and other flat surfaces
  • Declutter a space
  • Streamline your schedule by eliminating activities you no longer enjoy or by creating more structure in your week (i.e. create a cleaning schedule)


  • Paint a room
  • Paint / refinish a piece of furniture or accessories
  • Refresh an organizing system
  • Get some new accessories (for your home or your wardrobe)
  • Hang something new on a wall
  • Get some new throw-pillow covers
  • Pot a succulent
  • Wash the windows

Your project can be as simple or as complex as you want. But the best bet is a project that will leave you feeling energized and refreshed when you’re done!

So what do you say, are you ready to freshen up your home or life a bit? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments! Thanks for sharing.




P.S. A super-quick way to refresh your home is by clearing surface clutter. So to celebrate the start of Project Refresh, this week you can get in the online class Quick + Simple Clutter Control for just $9.99! Best yet, you’ll get simple, doable solutions to combat the surface clutter in your home. Snag your spot today!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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