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Each year I spend a lot of time thinking about goals. What goals do I want to have for the year? What areas of my life do I want to see improvement over the last year? Part of my reasoning for doing the New Year’s Eve Reflection is to first remember the good, but then to think back on the challenges as well. A brand new year gives everyone the opportunity to start fresh, evaluate what you love about your life, and change what you don’t.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi
Often, when people think of change, they think of the big scary changes in ones’ life, but when I talk about change, I mean the small things that you do every day to improve your life. What are goals if not small changes?
One big idea that I am clinging to from last year is realizing that not everything will go the way I plan it, and that I need to give myself grace when things do not go according to plan.
I am all about the SMART goals, setting steps to figure out how to accomplish what I want to, however I realized that I need to take into account the 3 little people in my home, and how their needs often supersede my timeline.
That does not mean that I shouldn’t take the time to sit down and write out my goals for the New Year. Instead it means that I need to be realistic with the goals I set for myself. While I know that I can accomplish quite a bit on my own, I can’t forget that I have four other members in my family that require my love and attention.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude – Maya Angelou
My plan for this week was to have a week of goals, similar to what I did a couple years ago. I like to separate my goals into the categories I most often write about here at Townsend House – home, kids/homeschool, crafting, personal, food, and reading. However, my kids threw me for a loop when they all decided to get sick one right after another, so I am improvising now!
Every year I choose a word of the year, I’m not quite ready to reveal that word yet. I still need to think on it a bit longer. But, I have noticed a theme when thinking about my goals and my word of the year – that theme is Organize My Life.
It may seem like an odd theme. I’m not inherently a disorganized person. I enjoy planning, I like to make lists. This theme, however, goes beyond just the general day to day organization. It is a deeper intention by me to do a lot of the things that I don’t think about on a day to day basis, whether because they are too scary, or because I am so consumed with the little emergencies in the day to day that I don’t often see the big picture.
Let’s get to it, shall we?! First up, the home category.
Oh my home, I love it, I hate it, I love it again. The one area that I continue to hate is that there are no closets. Well, that isn’t entirely accurate. Jack’s bedroom has one little, teeny tiny closet that can hold some of his shirts. There is also a hall closet upstairs that is about 10 inches deep – with no shelves and no ability to hang anything it is pretty useless.
My main goal with the house this year is to purge.
We have too much stuff. I have been de-cluttering it seems for years. In fact, last year I did a 31 Bags in 31 Days challenge, which was a lot of fun, and my house seemed de-cluttered for a while, but things sneak right back into the house.
I may need to implement the one in one out rule, when one thing is brought into the house, one similar thing must be removed.
I know part of the issue is because we now have Lucy, and she has a lot of toys that stay downstairs, plus all the homeschool supplies, but there has to be a better way! So purge it is! I would like to use the system that Tsh Oxenreider maps out in her book Organized Simplicity, which I have used in the past. However, one of the books on my book list is the very popular Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I want to read soon, so I may use that system instead, or perhaps a combination of the two.
The other big goal I have this year is to plan and plant a stellar garden.
Last year I didn’t end up planting a garden, I hated it, honestly, I was so bummed come July that I had nothing growing outside for me to pick besides strawberries and rhubarb and kale that seem to come up on their own without any help from me. I think that gardening is just in my blood, and because of that I want to make sure I have a good plan for the year (especially with my struggle to combat pests naturally!).
It seems manageable, these two house goals. I would like to think that I can get the purge completed this first quarter of the year, and then move right into the garden planning. Of course, the first step in all of this is taking down the Christmas decorations. Tomorrow is Epiphany, so that is when we will begin!
I do have other goals that have to do with our home, but they are all more of the honey-do list variety, and I have a whole lot less control over whether those are accomplished or not!
Do you make goals for your home? Is there one area of your home that you would like to work on this year?