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My New Year’s Resolution is to fix my life and get my shit together, right?  The problem is there is so much wrong that I’m totally overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start and I totally lost my motivation to do anything.  So I thought I should get a little more organized and make a list.  I sat down this morning and started a list of all the things I want to accomplish this year.  When I got to the second page I started to panic and realized that this was the wrong approach.

What I really need to do is break things down in small, manageable lists…more like what I want to accomplish this week, rather than this year.  It’s what I do at work…every Monday I update my to-do list and I only include things that I know I can reasonably finish in a week. 

I decided to tackle 10 tasks per week and see how that goes.  My tasks for this week are:

  1. Clean the house – because it’s usually a little messy, but right now it is downright dirty.  There’s no one here but J and me, but I’m totally embarrassed at the state of things.  I haven’t vacuumed since Christmas Eve (the last time I had company!) and I can see the fine layer of dust over on the credenza.  It’s bad.
  2. Clean out my closet – It is literally packed to the point where I can’t even walk in there.  I’m not quite ready for an appearance on “Hoarders”, but I have a lot of crap that I don’t need.  Especially purses and bags.  J says that I have an obsession with bags and could be a bag lady.   It’s time to start throwing things away!
  3. Put away the Christmas presents – I’m sorry to say that we still have presents all over the place.  There are three boxes right next to me on the dining room table.  A few things are still under the tree.  The rest are piled up on the dresser in the bedroom.  Christmas was two weeks ago…damn I’m lazy.
  4. Update my calendar – Part of the reason I forget everyone’s birthday is that none of them are written on my calendar.  In addition to the calendar in my phone – which has a very helpful reminder feature – I have a calendar hanging on the fridge.  But both are far from updated and I’d say, only have about 1/2 the information they need.  I’m never going to be able to remember the birthdays if I don’t write them down.
  5. Buy cards for all the events happening from now until March – I’ve done this in the past and I’ve put the card aways and then totally forgotten where I’ve put them…rendering them entirely useless.  This time I’m going to put them in order, address the envelopes and keep them on my desk in plain view. 
  6. Organize and clean up all my photos – I used to be very careful what I took pictures of because photo processing could be a little expensive.  However, the invention of digital photography has enabled me to take pictures of anything and everything.  And I do take pictures of everything…and anything.  Which results in a lot of too dark, too light, very blurry or just bad pictures.  And they are all stored on my hard drive taking up valuable space and making it really difficult to find the good pictures.  I’ve got to clean it up and categorize them so I can find what I need when I need it.
  7. Finish unpacking – We’ve lived here almost two years and not everything is unpacked yet.  The good thing here is that I’m not the biggest offender on this front.  J has got more clothes than anyone else I know.  Sweaters, shirts, pants, shorts, sweats, pjs – you name it, he’s got it.  And it’s all sitting in bags and boxes on the bed in the guest room.  Last week, his mom stayed over.  We gave her our bed and we had to sleep on the couch…because his clothes were sleeping the guest bed.  That’s never happening again.
  8. Take down the Christmas decorations – I love Christmas and I LOVE my Christmas tree.  There have been years…when I was single…that I left it up until February because I like to look at it.  But that is excessive and Christmas is over, so it’s all coming down and going back to the attic.
  9. Sort through my coupons – I’m a coupon cutter.  I think it’s because I’m competitive, but I look at grocery shopping like a competition and I get mad at myself if I don’t save at least $30.  So I cut coupons for anything I might ever need.  Thing is…I only buy about half of what I have coupons for.  Then I put the rest in my little coupon wallet and that’s where they live until the expire.  I used to go through them weekly and throw out all the old ones.  I haven’t done that in months.  My guess is that half of them expired in October!
  10. Register for my baking class – A few years ago, J and I took a little break and to keep myself from going nuts I took baking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education.  I loved it – a stocked fridge and pantry filled with anything and everything I could ever want to use.  Every single utensil I needed.  Someone to wash my dishes and clean up after me!  It was heaven.  I’ve wanted to go back ever since, but I’ve never gotten around to it.  For Christmas J gave me a gift certificate to take Techniques of Cake Baking.  I can’t wait, but if I don’t register soon it will sell out.

So there is it – my list for the week.  Wish me luck!


  1. Hey Shana!!!

    I really love what you have here so far! And I think your list sounds great and very attainable in a week. I really like your idea of breaking everything down this way.

    I really need to take down Christmas too. I meant to do it last weekend and was lazy. So thank you for reminding me. :) I’m going to do it tomorrow.

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