I do have a few things I want to work on, everyone does. Things like eating better, going to bed early, reading more. I’d like to run the Monument Avenue 10K again, beef up my Etsy shop, spend more time with my kids at the park than watching Elmo. I’m going to try to drink a cup of water before drinking my morning coffee. That’s my version of ambitious.
I’m also going to try to make some changes in our home. This is an ongoing goal because our family, and therefore our home, is constantly changing. I’m still working to reduce clutter, but also rearrange furniture, put some systems in place that will make life and organization with little ones easier.
We’re in a constant state of getting rid of things and reducing clutter. This year we took 19 bags of knick knacks and unworn clothes. This year I’m going to try something new. I’m going to try to get rid of things as many things as I acquire. If I buy a new shirt I have to get rid of an old one. Or a book, or whatever. One thing in, one thing out. This will, hopefully, help us maintain equilibrium and keep our house free of excess.
This isn’t going to apply to the kids’ stuff. They use stuff differently.
I’m also following along with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure — a month of assignments (emailed daily) designed to help motivate you to whip your home into shape. So far I’ve had to create an outbox and put one thing in it. We already have a giveaway pile, and I have a sequined shirt I haven’t worn in years, so that was easy.
Then in the spring I want to follow “4 weeks to a more organized home” at Moneysavingmom.com.
This is just one of the million organization “plans” out there. (Check Pinterest. Be overwhelmed.) I’m going to follow the plans to the extent that I have time, energy, and make sense for my family.
I haven’t read ahead, but I’m hoping at least one of the plan has something about cleaning seven months of errant spit up off your hardwood, and creating a place to hide a big bag of Cheetos that your toddler won’t find.
On our goal-setting date night, Tom and I also made a list of some daily chores we need to do each night; simple things like cleaning up after ourselves, making sure the table is clear, the dishes are all in the sink. On January 1, before we went to bed, Tom and I dutifully walked around the house and made good on our goal.
Then we spent January 2 dealing with a high fever, a cough, a double ear infection and RSV. Tonight the only thing I’m worried about is making sure the Amoxicillin gets put back in the fridge.
That’s my favorite thing about maintaining status quo. I can still sit on the couch, drink a glass of wine and write this post despite the mess around me.
It’s 2014. Time to get ambitious, y’all.