I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! On New Years Day little Ned will be two, that means he is well and truly no longer a baby. Since there won’t be any more babies in our household, this is a momentous occasion and I’m viewing it very much as the start of a new phase in my life. In order to mentally prepare myself I’ve spent the last few days trying to clear out as much stuff as possible. The baby stuff is going, the pregnancy/ baby books have gone and I’m trying as hard as I can to get rid of toys and general clutter. I must say, it’s near on impossible, no-one appears to want anything second hand where we live, which seems a terrible shame.
Anyway, I’m determined to start the New Year with a less cluttered house, a house in which we can find things, open doors without avalanches of stuff falling on us and as a by-product, a study/ library which we can all use. In terms of making things tidier and accessible it’s currently going quite well and I think by New Years Day we may actually be able to use the library/ study. It will seem like having a new house.
So what are my plans for this coming year? I’m not all that keen on making resolutions but at the same time I am determined to make a few changes:
- I will not fill the house with clutter that I have acquired.
- I will try to keep clearing out things we don’t use or need.
- I will try hard to economise, since I am not working times are financially difficult for us and I need to cut down our out goings even more so we don’t go into debt every month.
- Lights will be turned off in rooms which we don’t use and the heating will remain low.
- I will read books I already have and make even more use of the library!
- I will take some time to be mindful of the place and time which I am in, rather than worrying about the past or the future.
- I will take the time to enjoy my children rather than worry about their education.
- I will try to get fit and healthier, within limitations.
- I will try to make the time to go out with my husband alone once every couple of months (rather than once a year).
- The children will have a healthier diet and less television (if it kills me).
Quite a list I know, but I don’t think there is anything completely un-manageable in there, no extreme targets and goals. Just an overall change in attitude to mark a new phase in my life. I’d love to hear your New Year goals.