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2013 Resolutions

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So, last year my resolutions were more like a big ol’ to-do list. And, as my husband will tell you, like most of my to-do lists less than half of the items got ticked off the imaginary sheet of paper they were so beautifully written on (in case you were wondering, I accomplished numbers three and five out of six and that’s pretty much it). Boo.

While I’m pretty sure most people are in the same boat, I’m not really OK with this. One of my major flaws is not coming through on the big goals I set for myself. I’ll be all excited and full throttle about a particular idea and then, somewhere, somehow, something shiny will come along and distract me and I suddenly have another amazingly fantastic unbelievably awesome goal that I want to accomplish. Simultaneously, of course. Because why would I do one thing at a time if I’m capable of doing four or five?

Because I’m not capable of doing four or five things at once, if I want to do them all well!

I’m sorry. But no one is. You can try and fool yourself, but something will always be lacking if you’re spread out that thin. You just can’t possibly give something your full attention if there are a million other things floating around your brain, pulling at you for attention.

So this year, I’m trying something new. I still have a list that I want to tackle, but to make it more manageable, I’m going to set a goal for myself each month. This month? Organization.

organization resolution

This is what my desk looks like right now. I took this picture yesterday and the calendar was still on November. There are probably important pieces of mail under that bag of supplies from the dollar store that I was going to make a wreath with. So, uh, yeah. I think it’s safe to say I might need a bit of organization in my life.

I read a post on the Alt blog a few months ago that was giving advice on staying creative. One of the tips in particular really grabbed me:

Keep your life organized
This is a big one for me. The more organized my mind/ home/ office/ schedule/ props/ supplies are, the easier it will be for me to experiment and create. If my work table is messy, I find myself less motivated to bring out more supplies and try a new DIY. If my prop shelves are cluttered, I won’t end up styling the photo shoot as well as I had envisioned. It’s possible to be organized and creative; it just takes a little extra effort!

It’s so true, right? When my house is a mess all of the little things that need my attention explode into a big fat ball of WTF should I do next?! I get overwhelmed and do a tiny bit of this, a little of that in an attempt to tackle everything at once. And you know what? I inevitably fail at all of them.

So my thought for January is this: if I organize my life from top to bottom (and give myself a whole month to do it), I’ll be so much more ready to take this year by storm.

I’ve got old blog posts on kitchen organization, bathroom organization, office organization, purse organization, creative organization solutions, and cheap and easy organization tips plus a Pinterest board full of ideas (that also needs to be organized) to turn to for inspiration. The only problem? It’s January first and if I hear the word “organization” one more time I might bust out the crazy eyes.

Anyway, I’m off. I just have no idea where to start.

What are your resolutions this year?

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.

12 thoughts on “2013 Resolutions

  1. I so feel you on this! That’s why I gave up making resolutions for a while there – I was tired of letting myself down! But this year I’ve tried to set realistic goals, and put some real thought into it, instead of just listing a bunch of stuff just to list them off. I’m committed to accomplishing it! 🙂 Bring it, 2013! 😉

  2. Organization is one of my top three resolutions too. Hubby and I tag teamed the downstairs on Sunday and got a lot knocked out. It’s funny how one project just leads to the next and before you know it, the clutter is gone. Good luck with yours, it feels so good!

    1. That’s what we did two! Well, not the basement and not on Sunday, but on Tuesday my husband and I tore through the kitchen and the dining room– and you’re so right! Tackling one brings you right to the next one!

  3. Girl, I hear you on the organization problem – my little craft area is such a mess! But I tackled it over the holiday and, man, it does feel good to get it cleaned up. (too bad it’s already a mess again, ha!) My resolution is to do less b/c I’m like you … I want to do 10 different things and then I’m paralyzed and don’t get anything done. Cheers to a happy, productive & organized 2013!

  4. My son was coming home from college on Christmas morning and I had a list of errands to do on Christmas Eve. We woke up to no electricity – out at 6:00 a.m. and not on until 7:00 p.m. – so, with no blow dryer to do my hair, I stayed home and cleaned the clutter. I’m glad I live in Southern California and didn’t need to turn on the heat, and I have to say, I loved the hours I spent getting everything in it’s place. Now, I need to get that same energy to open my junk drawers and have at it! Good luck on your projects!

    1. Ugh, the junk drawers! Don’t even get me started on those! Somehow most of our drawers have turned into junk drawers. Maybe I’ll tackle those today. I’ve been trying to tackle at least one thing a day and so far I’ve been successful! I think mini goals might be the way to go– at least for me. It makes things so much more manageable!

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