I usually start going through my closets for items to donate (and sell to Clothes Mentor in Algonquin/Lake in the Hills) and then I work on the rest of the house. It feels really good when the clutter is gone. (I will start working with the boys on their rooms over the holiday break from school).
During the summer, I found a wonderful cherub lamp that needed to be rewired. I put it away for a future project. (I have one more lamp that I need to work on soon). I had been saving a shade that I had from another lamp that I thought would work well with it. And it does! I finally rewired it and I'm so happy with how it looks in my bedroom. I needed something more. I was tired of the lamp that I had been using since my childhood. This cherub lamp works well with what I had in mind.
The basement will be on my list next to reorganize. I will bring in the new year organized and happier with less clutter. With more time to craft and hunt for junkentreasure!