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A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Yesterday was a productive day for me. I opened an Instagram account, but I couldn’t figure out how to post anything on it. I also opened a Pinterest account. Last night I finally made it down to my art studio.

The background is painted and the subject is chosen. I’ve decided to do two paintings simultaneously of the same subject using different techniques.

It’s always exciting to have a project on the go. Part of the anticipation is knowing they can become a success or a disaster. Sometimes they are one until they turn into the other. It goes both ways.

Did we get everything accomplished in January we wanted to? If not February is a reboot. As one of my book buddies says, “she likes monthly goals.” Monthly goals are more doable, we can do anything for a month. They are measurable, and we aren’t likely to forget them. We can focus on one or two goals instead of everything we want to change in our life.

I looked up Fly she shows us how to get our house out of chaos. She breaks our cleaning and organizing into daily, weekly, monthly tasks.

Today is Renew our spirit day. Cleaning zone is zone 2 the kitchen. This month’s habit is decluttering for 15 minutes a day.

Each month she has a new habit of the month:

January – shining our sink.

February – decluttering for 15 minutes per day.

March – getting dressed to the shoes.

April – making our bed.

May – moving. I think this means our bodies.

June – drinking water.

July – swish and swipe.

August – laundry.

September –  before bed routine.

October – paper clutter.

November – menu planning.

December – pampering.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin

It is easy to focus on one habit, but trying to do all twelve of them every month would be hard. Of course, the idea is to develop a new habit and keep doing it every month. She breaks everything into small doable projects. I remember my efforts early on of cleaning the pantry. I would empty the whole pantry onto the kitchen table and it would take a day and a half to sort everything, discard or find a home for things.

This happened to me not long ago. We have a cupboard over the fridge which is not convenient to use. Over the years that is where the school pictures, soccer pictures, appliance instruction manuals, report cards, and paint we got for touch up when we bought our house as well as other sundry items were stored.

My son asked if he could have the cupboard over the fridge for his food. He’s six-three so it’s useful to him. I said yes, and to my horror, I came home from a writer’s group meeting to find all the contents of that cupboard on the kitchen table. “I looked after what I could, Mom. You’ll have to do the rest.”

I don’t empty the complete contents of cupboards anymore. Now I do a shelf at a time. I’ve learned to break it down into doable tasks. It’s frightening to have all the contents of your kitchen out of the cupboards and hear a knock at the door.

I started meal planning and I keep track of our dinners in a monthly calendar. It makes it easy to look back when I don’t know what to cook or see what we haven’t eaten in a while.

One of the things I’ve done this year is purchased numerous planners for different projects so I can keep all my notes and thoughts about that subject in one place. I’m forever making little notes and wondering what happened to it when I want to find it a week or a month later. It might be overkill, I’ll see what I think as the year goes by.

Being organized is a skill we need to learn and even when we know what to do it is easy to let a little pile, become a big pile. My daughter’s wedding dress is still hanging in the spare room, waiting for something to be done with it. No matter how much storage we have, we can always have it full to overflowing.

I have an aunt who has air between her clothes in her closet. I can’t imagine emptying my clothes closet enough to have air between the items. They tell us less is more, but we have a hard time believing that.

Capsule wardrobes are a thing. I even pretend I’m building one. My closet is still overstuffed with items. Maybe March – getting dressed to your shoes is a good month to declutter, revamp, and plan a wardrobe.

It makes us feel we’ve accomplished something just scheduling when to look at the situation. The journal I didn’t buy, is for home care. Could a trip to the book store be on my agenda today?

What are our February goals? If we haven’t made any, a whole month awaits. What can we plan? What can we implement?

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) by [Kondō, Marie]
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