February 2011 Goals Update

by Wendy Copley on March 3, 2011

We moved to a new house in the middle of this month, so the vast majority of my time was spent packing boxes, decluttering and then unpacking boxes and organizing our new house. As such, I managed to cross some of the biggest items for the year off my list! Yay me!

Goals Completed:

#22 Clear out the basement storage room and Freecycle like crazy.

We had a full-sized room in our old house that was only accessible via an outside door. Since we couldn’t really use it as living space, we used it for storage. In the five years we lived there, we managed to stuff a lot of things in there. One of my big goals with the move was to attack this space with a vengeance and not move anything that we didn’t absolutely, positively know that we’d be using in the next few years. Zach and I totally rocked this one. I’d guess that we moved less than a third of the stuff that was in this room to the new house! I posted items to Freecycle and/or donated things to Goodwill nearly every day while I was working on this room. Plus, I uncovered a bunch of treasures that had been stored in boxes for years.

#23 Clear the clutter from my bedroom.

We also did a great job on this room! Our bedroom in the new house isn’t completely set up yet — we need to find places for a few items and hang some art on the walls — but I’m so excited about how it’s coming along. I’ll post pictures when we’re through with it!

#24 Get rid of half the stuff in the office.

Ay carumba! The office was the other dumping place in our house. We sorted and purged in that room too and while I don’t think we actually got rid of half the stuff in there, I’d guess that about a quarter or a third of the items went on the chopping block. Unfortunately, this is where a bunch of the miscellaneous boxes have landed in the new house, but I’m resolved that they aren’t going to sit in there for months and months! They will be dealt with

#25 Organize my crafting.

I love a clean slate! In the process of setting up my desk in our new house, I took the opportunity to reorganize a bunch of my craft supplies in some new ways. Look for a post on this some time next week!

Goals In Progress:

#17 Spend less time online when the kids are home/awake

This is something I’ve been working on really hard in the past few weeks. I noticed that I was spending more time than I’m comfortable with staring at my laptop or iPhone instead of interacting with my kids and I just don’t feel like that’s the way I want to parent. I’m making a concerted effort to save my online times for when they are at school and day care or asleep. I’m not perfect about this and honestly I feel like I could do much better than I have been, but I’ve definitely improved in the last few weeks

#34 Go on more than one date with Zach.

I’ve decided that lunch dates count toward this goal, so Zach and I went out for lunch at a nice restaurant on the day after Valentine’s day. (We moved the day before Valentine’s and we didn’t have our act together enough to do anything on the actual day.)

#43 Read 12 books

I’m on schedule with this goal too! This month’s book was The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain. I’ve loved Bourdain’s writing ever since I read Kitchen Confidential a decade ago and I really enjoyed this offering. This book is a loosely organized collection of essays and I found the format was ideal for me during this big move. I could read an essay here and there when I had rare little chunks of time to relax during the packing process and I didn’t have to think to hard to pick the narrative back up again if I went for days at a time without a chance to read.

How are your goals coming along? Have you completely bailed on your New Year’s resolutions yet?

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  • Robyn

    Yay for completing goals! I’m glad you decided that lunch dates are real dates. I love lunch dates. Must remind Frank so we can do that too.

  • ChrissiHR

    I just met Anthony Bourdain 2 1/2 weeks ago! He did a show at the State Theater in Easton, PA and we got tickets for the first 5 rows, which included a meet & greet afterward. I got a signed copy of Kitchen Confidential for my husband for Valentine’s Day and I brought Tony a pound of pork ribs from the barbecue join that I live next door to. =D Makes for one happy celebrity chef! (BTW – Tony’s head is really big in person. He reminds me of a Muppet.)

    I haven’t even finished my list of resolutions, but I’ve begun working on them. Decluttering the kitchen comes first.We got some new recycling sorting bins from Amazon today: http://www.amazon.com/Suncast-Recycle-Bin-Kit-BH183PK/dp/B000QJEW9K/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299202554&sr=8-1-fkmr0

    Only problem is – they’re MASSIVE. Much bigger than they look in the pictures. We had to take the door off of the utility closet to use them. Still, it looks better than a duct-tape-reinforced box on the floor by the stove that’s over flowing with cans and bottles come recycling day. (Our cans blow away if we put them out too early.)

  • Whitneymoss

    I think that I’m failing at project 365 which was my New Year’s goal, but I don’t want to give up because it seems that having 300 or so pictures at the end of the year is better than not even trying.

    I recommend making post-Valentine’s lunch a tradition that you approach with flexibility. That is, the date 2/14 is not important and it’s always harder to get reservations, a babysitter etc. It sounds like lunch is more reasonable in your life right now, so certainly you should recognize that as a date.

    We used to “do” Valentine’s Day, but now we do Valentine’s Day Observed on whichever date night is closest.

  • another Robyn??? With a ‘y’? Wow! Hi, Robyn!
    I love that you said ‘ay carumba’. I think you need to work that into your writing more. đŸ˜‰ LOVE IT!

  • Paulatasch

    Love your blog. I get so many great lunch ideas from you. I had to comment after reading your February goals. I laughed at how closely your list mirrored my current list. I’m using Lent to try to instill some good habits in myself and get some things done. I’ve given up Facebook, which is such a huge time-suck for me. I am also making a concerted effort to spend less time on my computer when the kids are home and awake. One of my biggest goals is to get more work done on decluttering my home, especially my basement and bedroom. I started on this in the fall and was dropping items off at a local charity a couple of times a week. But, I got off track over the winter and need to get back into it now. As part of my decluttering/organizing efforts I want to organize my knitting and scrapbooking supplies. I haven’t been doing much of either lately, mostly because the disorganization makes it much harder. And I’m getting back on the reading bandwagon. I used to read at least a book a week and was at the library all the time. Now, I bring a book to read while I’m waiting in the carpool lanes to pick up the kids instead of spending the time staring at my iPhone. And since I’m making myself go to bed at a decent hour now (another goal), I have a little time to read a chapter or two in bed to unwind before going to sleep.

    Good luck with your goals!


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