Well here we are again, teetering at the edge of a brand new year. The possibilities are endless, the potential profound…
The resolutions annoying!
I don’t know about you but I make grand and sweeping resolutions each year. I’ve had elaborate plans in the past that were to make my home and garden a sanctuary, a haven, a shining example of beauty and orderliness.
Then reality up and bites me and I am back to the exact same place I was on December 31st.
I still have the same amount of kids (sometimes more from the previous year), there are still piles of laundry that won’t do themselves (darn them) The self-cleaning kitchen of the future has yet to be invented and… the camel still eats the roses!
So this year I am trying something new…
Instead of making resolutions I am forming a plan. A concrete plan with steps to implement and a specific goal in mind for both my house and my garden.
For my garden instead of saying I will grow enough vegetables so that I will never have to buy any at the grocery store again (yes that was an actual resolution) I am going to put in a strawberry bed. I have a spot, I have a plan of how I want to build it, it is a very specific and attainable goal.
I have a short list of projects that are reasonable and do-able over the year. I no longer have grand visions of garden clubs wanting to tour my garden because it is the most neat, orderly and beautiful they have ever seen…no I just want a bigger strawberry bed.
For my home it is not about adding onto or decorating it with scrumptious fabrics and deep paint colors…it is simply about de-cluttering. Over the course of the year I plan to go room by room and sell/give away/get rid of that which we don’t use. I’m not going to make the resolution that I will keep my house clean from now on…hahaha….I have 5 kids that is never going to happen, yet that has been a past resolution…one that crashed in about mid January!
But getting rid of most of the clutter…that is attainable. Especially if I get rid of the clutter when no one is looking!
I need to find a way to make it easier and simpler to keep the house clean. Not by cleaning more, but by having less to clean…
The same applies to the garden. I don’t need to build gazebos to sit and drink tea under…but I do need make a few changes that will keep my garden from taking over ever spare moment of my time. I need to work more efficiently…not more.
So no big resolutions this year for me except this one…
I will simplify my life
And I have a plan to do it…
So what about you and the new year…any plans/resolutions/ideas that you want to share with us?
Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and…a camel!
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