I'm ready to get back into the swing of things, I think. Someone in our house turns 3 !!!! on Tuesday, and life can settle down back to normal after that.
I've been thinking of a few goals for the new year. Do you make New Year's Resolutions? I prefer to just think of it as long term goals for the year. Things that I know it's going to take me more than a day or a week to accomplish. I see a few bloggers writing about a word for the year, I like that idea. I think I even used it last year, but I don't remember what my word was. Things can change so much over a year! Right now, the word that comes to my mind is simplify. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by stuff, responsibilities, activities, commitments. I am hoping this year to simplify my life in general.
1. Simplify stuff! I want to get rid of 2011 things in 2011. I'll probably keep track of that here on the blog. I don't think I'll track the things I throw away, only the things I donate, gift, or sell.
2. Simplify schedule. Make sure we do preschool (Montessori time or otherwise) 2-3 times per week. We started off great this school year, but have really started to slack!
3. Simplify health. Eat breakfast and lunch every day! I am horribly bad about snacking and never eating a real meal until dinner time. And I wonder why I have no energy some days . . .
4. Simplify hobbies. I joined a destash-along on craftster.org, I am really going to try to do my sewing and knitting from what I already have on hand. I also joined a craftalong doing 50 projects in 2011 - I'm hoping this will help me to actually finish the projects that I start. Unless they're a gift for someone, a lot of the time they don't get any further than planning and purchasing materials! Hence the large fabric and yarn stash.
5. Simplify money. This is the year we need to plan a budget for food/household expenses. Hubby got a new job (yay!!!) but my hours keep getting cut at work when I need them the most. So either it's budget and stick to it, or work more days out of the week. Budget it is!
I started cleaning out the house with my kitchen. Today I boxed up 51 items for goodwill, mostly excess coffee mugs and sippy cups. And I haven't even touched my pantry yet! :)