Saturday, January 1, 2011


I am not in the habit of making resolutions every year.  I feel as if every day is a battle to get more done, do my best, discipline my kids, etc.  The date on the calendar doesn't really change how hard I am trying already.

But there are things I want to improve upon, that I haven't been able to work in over the holidays.  We are almost done celebrating, and as I start planning to pack up the holiday decorations, my mind has already jumped ahead to what is "NEXT."

My resolutions for the new year are (drumroll please...):
  1.  Lose weight.  The diet starts after all the holiday goodies are gone, which may be another few weeks.  BUT, DH and I have both become complacent about the calories we are consuming, and the cold weather is driving us indoors into our couch.  That has to change.  I love the healthy heart ad campaign from one of the cereal companies: "Take care of your heart, so you can do more of what you love!"  Sign us up.
  2. Clear out the house.  As the child of a packrat, I have great difficulty parting with anything.  We made great progress after Thanksgiving clearing out the former "Toy Room" to let the boys have their own space--it's been nice to be able to walk into both their rooms.  I want to keep up the momentum and get rid of more.  Our house is not that large, and it is embarrassing how much of the space is devoted to storing useless junk.  
  3. Finish Projects.  I am in the middle of many needlework projects:  sweater (1), socks (2pair), quilts (3), sewing (2), crochet (2), cross-stitch(1), needlepoint (?), etc.  As I make progress on resolution #2, I am sure to find more.  I will finish, or discard.  Watch for a post later this month where I'll post the whole list and hopefully make progress in clearing out the clutter.
My theme for the new year? "Less is More" 

My wish for you all?   

"May 2011 bring you less of what you don't want, and more of what you do."



  1. I've been trying to "lighten the load" for most of this past year. Some days it's easy. Some not. I have a long way to go. I have been respectful of my husbands "stuff."

    so far I have not missed anything I have gotten rid of except for some yarn that I wanted a few months after it was gone. No big dwal, I found something even better for the project I had in mind.

    Good luck, I looking forward to reading about the stuff you donate or dump!

  2. I very much like your wish for me. (Oh, and for others, too?! Geez.)

  3. Just remember your Dad's creedos: If it doesn't fit in a seabag and two footlockers it is too much!

    Also, if you didn't need it in three months toss it.

    Good luck

  4. If I followed Dad's motto about 3 months, I'd be dumping all the winter coats in June. Besides, he never dared touch Mom's clutter after "The Baseball Card" incident.

  5. I salute you for vowing to clear the clutter. I spent many hours clearing and organizing in 2009 and got so excited that I made other changes in the rooms as well to freshen up, organize, or find a piece of furniture that better fit my life and needs. came to the rescue on the latter. You should love your rooms, so instead of asking what can I change, ask yourself, 'What do I want?" and see if you can make it happen. Small changes can make a big difference. Clearing out will refresh your rooms, your spirit, and your life. I haven't missed what I've cleaned out or 'desperately' needed things that I've passed on. Good luck!

  6. Indeed. One outgrowth of the clearing has been my reading corner is back. I couldn't get to it because there was this extra child's rocker which was too small for everyone in the house now, and it blocked access. I find myself sitting in my sparser living room, enjoying the view to the backyard, and perusing the pile of books that I always have waiting.


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