Okay, this is the thing: I’ve realized it’s only the 5th day of the year, and I am still struggling with these resolutions. The last couple of days have been CRAZY. Last night I showed up at a board meeting slightly late, breathless, rambling on about technical difficulties and it’s just been one of those weeks as I hurl myself headfirst into the new year.
So resolution #3 is one I think many of us can relate to: Stay on top of clutter in my home, particularly paper clutter. I struggle with this every single day, but there are a few systems that I’ve put in place that seem to be working.
1. Corral Kids Stuff: I keep two art boxes by the back door, and as soon as I can after the girls get home from school, I take their artwork and papers out of their backpacks, date them on the back, and toss them into their respective boxes. Eventually, I will sift through them, keep the best, and turn the whole batch into a coffee-table worthy book, but that is for another lifetime.
2. Sort Mail Before It Gets in the Door: Other people’s idea of junk mail is my idea of heaven. I adore catalogs, but alas (deep sigh) I have very little time to enjoy them these days. So before I step in the back door, I toss any unwanted catalogs straight into the recycle bin in the garage. I try to be as ruthless as possible. Am I really in the market for new bedding? light fixtures? rugs? If the answer is no, I toss them. I quickly flip through the ones I want, Pin (if you haven’t discovered Pinterest, see my earlier blog about this topic) the items I am interested in, and then toss those as well.
3. Find organizational systems that work for the countertop off the kitchen that I call my desk area. Still working on this one, and still haven’t fully decided on my home office makeover essentials yet, but that is coming. In the meantime, I’m obsessed with browsing through seejanework.com. Sigh. Stay tuned.
Resolution #4: Exercise 3X a week and flatten my tummy. Self explanatory. Have not done it. There’s always next week…
Resolution #5: Spend more time in prayer and reading my Bible. Again, self-explanatory, but I haven’t done it. Or at least not as well as I could. I need my mom’s Bible study back for motivation and accountability.
So there you have it… not even a week into the new year and I am floundering, but hopeful. After all, tomorrow is another day. : )