I know I said that my New House Resolutions were going to give me more than enough to worry about for the first half of 2011. But I just can’t let the real New Year’s go by without more resolutions. Besides, I made a meal plan and shopping list yesterday. So I’m feeling some space for more optimism.
1. Get our dang spending under control. We’re going on a strict cash-only system for a few months, Dave-Ramsey-style. For groceries and gas, I’m going to get shopping cards to HEB and Wal-Mart so that I don’t have to carry giant wads of cash, but I’ll still be limited by my finite budget amount.
2. Write one handrwritten letter per week. I had been tossing this idea around for a while, and it was confirmed when I read the charming The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Letters are awesome, and it’s a dying art. So I’m going to send some into the universe. 52, to be exact.
3. Have the most organized house yet. Every closet, every cabinet. A place for everything and everything in its place and all that.
4. Join Amazon prime and shop online for everything possible. I love getting mail and I hate going to Wal-Mart. Seems like this might be a good solution. We’ll be converting to an Amazon credit card so I can even get triple points for all of my online purchases. So I’ll actually make money by saving money, if I’m reading the fine print correctly.
5. Write down prayers. I’m a terribly lazy pray-er, and putting words on paper will provide more accountability to 1) pray, 2) pray thoughtfully, and 3) pray about a variety of topics. I also think it will be fun to go back and read them in the future. (Is that a terrible reason to do it?)
6. Drink 3 glasses of water from my new Tervis Tumbler. I know that is still way under my recommended intake, so when drinking 3 is easy, I’ll make it more.
7. As a general rule: Go to bed by 10:30. Wake up before 7.
8. And here is what I’ve settled on for my housecleaning schedule: In the morning, clean the dirtiest part of the house. In the afternoon, organize something or do a special project. This is on top of normal chores like keeping up with laundry and keeping clutter put away, which I am in a pretty good habit of doing as I go.
So, okay, people: am I the only one who still makes resolutions? I’d love to hear (and maybe steal) some of yours.