The new year for me did not start off with a bang, but more like a wimper! That first week back to school was an adjustment for our family, but now that we are in the swing of things I can really think about some of my personal goals for the new year, some of which I am sharing with you today. Plus, a few products helping me along the way.
Okay so my goals are a little strange but maybe you can relate. Most of them are about simplifying and streamlining.
1.Keep my car clean.
I have to say, I am so embarrassed in the carpool line when a teacher opens the door to let my child in or out of the car and they see the MESS that is my car. I am really not a messy person, but I struggle with keeping a clean car. Most of the time it is not up to my standards. So new goal: make sure I get all the trash/junk out of the car each time we go into the house. Otherwise, it just collects!
One thing that has helped me take control of the clutter in my car is this trunk organizer my mom (out of desperation to help me!) bought me at Sam’s right before Christmas.I told her I didn’t need one more “thing” but it has really made such a difference in my car!
I keep everything from my dry cleaning bag and library books in this organizer. And it’s no Yeti Hopper but it comes with a cooler that fits in one of the slots and shockingly kept ice frozen all the way to Little Rock.
I tote this trunk organizer in and out of the house whenever I have a bunch of stuff to carry, including groceries. Even better, it collapses so you can easily carry it into the car wash waiting room or post office.
Seriously a genius invention and would make a GREAT gift! I think my mom paid about $20-25 at Sam’s but if you can’t find on there you can also order one One Kings Lane:
2. Drink more water.
I know, lame goal. Not many people have an aversion to drinking water but I do. During my pregnancy with my second daughter I was told to drink water nonstop and it just about did me in. Seriously, I hate drinking it now!
But my skin is always so dry so I know I am not getting enough. I’m going to steal my S’well water bottle back from my daughter or get myself a new one. I like that I can stick it in m purse and it doesn’t leak. And maybe if it’s cute I will drink it more!
3. Clear Out My Contacts and Photos.
Lately, whenever I can’t fall asleep at night, I have been going through my photos on my phone and deleting all the ones I know I don’t want to keep. (Note: bloggers have a lot of worthless photos on their phones; sometimes it takes 20 shots to get the right one!). Once I finish doing that, I plan to make photos books on Shutterfly or Blurb or maybe try out Chatbooks (feel free to suggest some in comments section below!). It has been five years since I made a photo book which is shameful I know. My mother-in-law has better photos books of my children than I do so I’ve got to get back on track!
I also cleared out the contacts on my phone that I don’t need anymore and purchased another thing I haven’t had for years: an address book. I bought one of these Emily Ley address books for a friend and loved it so much I got one for myself recently, too! I realized that I am not good at keeping up with the contacts on my computer. Sometimes I make things too complicated – I am want to go back to just having a good old-fashioned address book where I can stick change of address cards cards or postcards until I have time to add them to the book.
I really like this one because it has a place for the last name and a “notes” section – for children’s names or birthdays, perhaps. It was so satisfying to get everyone’s addresses in the book and it now sits within arm’s reach of my desk in my office.
Note if you have an Emily Ley Simplified Planner I really like these little $10 notebooks that fit nicely in that front pocket.
4. Read more to my youngest child.
I feel like my youngest gets a little gipped on the reading. It was so much easier to read aloud to my older two because we were home more. Now with them both in school, and all that goes with that, it is much more difficult! Now she does listen when I read to my older ones at night, but I don’t want her to miss all the wonderful picture books I read to her sisters when they were her age!
I really do believe reading aloud has enormous benefits for a child’s development and education later on (the research is evident if you look it up!) so I know I need to be more intentional throughout the day about putting down the laundry or turning of the t.v. and inviting her in my lap to read. (If you want a great article on reading aloud to children – even when they can read – this Wall Street Journal piece is a great one.)
Reading in the carpool line also is a good time to read to her – I want to do that more and look at my phone less!
(If you need some suggestions for wonderful picture books for your children, I’ve listed some of our favorites here.)
5. Be a better meal planner.
This has just never has been my strong suit! My husband says (in a nice way!) that the issue is that I am always trying new recipes instead of building a repertoire of family favorites that I can repeat. All I know is that I get a mental blank whenever I sit down to plan meals. So PLEASE comment below if you have any good tips along these lines!
How are your New Year’s goals going? Please share any great products or tips making your life a little better this year.
Make It Ahead cookbook by Ina Garten
Personalized Weekly Meal Notepad
Big O Key Ring in Shamrock
Chevron Trunk Organizer
Emily Ley Address Book
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
Bracelets c/o Julie Vos