Finally made my new years resolution - the 2012 challenge...
I am a frequent poster on the garden forums, but have been checking in here for bit...
Not quite sure where you all are at: expert organizers, borderline hoarders, fly lady failures, or a mix.
Myself - I've been pondering around what my new years resolutions are to be this year, and I allowed myself to ruminate on it a while rather than have the 12pm Dec 31 as usually.
Generally - the categories are: save more money, more exercise and healthy food, and get more organized - both in terms of financials, budgeting and paperwork (3+ years of unfiled papers!), as well as the general household issues.
Waiting on the January raise before I sit down to budget, formulating some exercise plans that don't include a huge pricetag, and trying to figure out where to put my household efforts for the year.
I then realized that every square inch of my house (9 rooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 floors with 2 staircases and hallways) need to be not only completely reorganized, but every inch painted as well. the 2 1/2 floors of interiors, plus 2 porches and a deck on the outside.
Additionally - the 1/2 attic that is unfinished, the basement, and the 2.5 car garage is full of stuff (can barely fit bicycles into the garage, forget the car.....) That need to be ripped apart, sorted out, and reorganized. The entire yard - front back and side is just as out of order with weeds galore and things left about here and there. I need to rework veggie gardens, herb garden, flowers, grass areas etc. Have about 10 weedy saplings to take down - a couple already about 6-8 inches in the trunk, a spot some local kids call the "jungle" to clear out, etc.
Much purchases also need to be made to accomplish this. dressers, desks, file cabinets, and shelving for basement and garage.
A total and complete kitchen remodel would certainly help, I have very little counterspace and cabinets - last remodel for the kitchen was likely in the 30's or 40's (100+ year old house), so have open shelving to accommodate things and it never looks tidy....At any rate, the kitchen needs a lot of work to get it together, whether a full remodel is possible - I'll ascertain a bit later.
But most definitely all needs painting and reorganizing, and for many areas as I noted - it is not possible without purchasing new furniture.
There were medical issues that got me here, and I got a cleaning woman in now every other week and that helps tremendously to keep me on track - but after she was gone yesterday, although the floors were shining, and the sinks and toilets, and tub is gleaming - you walk into the house and you don't hardly notice, too much unorganized noise about.....A desk here, some shelves there, and then clutter is insidiously spoiling each room - sometimes just a little, sometimes a lot, but each area is affected to some extent.
So - 2012 - I will paint every square inch, and reorganize and streamline everything, and buy whatever is necessary to accommodate what we have and plan to keep. Everything must be neat, tidy, and restful to look upon. No junk drawers, no junk room, no thing without a use, a purpose, and an (attractive!!) home.
Is anyone in the same position? Anyone want to join me in the year of doing?
I want to enter 2013 with nothing on my todo list, and start exploring opportunities for fun and fulfillment rather than another year of "waiting" til this that or the other is done, etc. Wouldn't mind some company on the journey...