Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome to a Brand New Year of Loving Life!

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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?

20 comments:

  1. I have always wanted a garden, but alas my entire yard is shade. I have to settle for mooching some fresh produce off of my MIL from her garden :)

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  2. I love de-cluttering! My husband swears he isn't a packrat but the garage would beg to differ! I love organization and free space...with kids though it can get tricky and definitely crazy!

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  3. I love decluttering the house. It's one of my favourite things to do. But with two youngsters and a techie husband, it can be hard sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. No matter how much I get rid of stuff, it all comes back. I realized recently that decluttering is not gone-and-done kind of thing, but a continues process. So, now I have penciled on my 2016 calendar one day each season when I will look around and try to get rid of as much stuff as possible. Wish me luck...

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  5. I love that Maya Angelou quote. I definitely need to purge this year and at the moment, I really need to get some laundry done.

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  6. It is great to purge and declutter our lives. I need to do so much sorting out I better get cracking.

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  7. I think decluttering is a great resolution! In fact, on Monday I cleaned out three cabinets and had two bags to bring to Goodwill! It doesn't seem like a lot, but it adds up and I was hanging onto things and I've had since I was in college and it felt incredibly freeing to get rid of it all! Like you, we will expand our garden a bit this Spring and hopefully continue to live an active lifestyle!

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  8. What a great idea to have a theme for the year. It's so important to stay organized and declutter. I wish you a happy 2016!

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  9. I have yet to try this. I simply go with it and take it one day at time. I'm on a healthy kick right now so every thing is just day by day since getting in shape is not easy to do.

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  10. We will be completing this task of due cluttering in 2016 too! I want to move and we have way too much stuff in our home!!

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  11. I love that quote so much. There are so many things we can't change and need to change our attitude about.

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  12. One of my things for this year is getting the house in order! I've tried it before, but have never been quite ruthless enough with it. After we moved, I thought certainly, I had gotten rid of all of the things we don't need or use any more. I was wrong! And, since we may possibly be moving again in the summer (joy fun - but also dependent upon other people, so we will see), the less stuff to move the better!

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  13. This is a great time to purge and declutter. I've been doing this since the other day.

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  14. I'm actually almost done with my first home project goal of the year and I'm so proud of myself! I just redid the pantry and kitchen cupboards, and now my (slightly) massive closet is next!

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  15. Love both of the major goals. The oldest two kiddos are old enough now that I bet they would totally love helping design, start, and work in the garden :) And I hear you on the purging. I feel like I keep the house fairly streamlined but there's ALWAYS another bag to go out or a few items that could go in a few months! Oh! Why not add a few shelves to the empty closet? It's super simple to do and it'd give you a tiny bit of extra shelving :) Hope you've been well gal! How is Lucy already over a year old???! Where did this year go?!

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  16. My year's plan is to simply try and get organized. one week in im doing pretty good with the planner. have gotten quite a bit done even with the kids out of school still. Good luck with your goals!

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  17. 0live your plan good luck !! I do monthly goals so I can achieve them easier :)

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  18. I'm right there with you about decluttering. We just moved and I thought I had purged a ton before we did but, now that we're here, I find that we have SO much more to get rid of. I'm going a challenge on my facebook page for people to get rid of one thing a day in 2016. That will come to a lot of things but one thing a day seems manageable. :-)

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  19. We have too much stuff but I'm not ready to declarer in a big way. I'd like to make my boys' room work better, get more of a system or routine for putting away clean washing, and do something about the nasty carpet in the morning room.

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  20. I am such a planner junkie and I have tons of stickers! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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