2014 Goals Update: January/February

Friday, February 28, 2014
Remember the goals I set for 2014?  I thought I would share with you how I'm doing two months into the year.  

1. Organize/Decorate/Clean.  Thanks to having Cullen's birthday party at our house, I did a lot of  organizing the first few weeks of the year.  When you come into our house you step into one big room that we use as a living room and dining room.  Since this is the biggest/most party friendly room in our house, it has gotten a lot of attention lately.  In just this one area we have:

Put away all of the Christmas decor/gifts and other stuff from around the house that was cluttering up this room.  I wish I had a 'before' picture to show you just how bad it was.  Then again, maybe not.  Someone would have called Hoarders on me.  But it is much better now.  Everything has been boxed up and put away.  And by put away I mean stacked in our guest room until I have time to find it a proper home.  Don't judge.  One step at a time.

Installed a shelf/clothes rod in the coat closet.  When we moved in, this closet had one of those white wire shelves.  We took it down when we first moved in so we could scrape and paint the closet ceiling, with every intention of putting it back up (the shelf and hardware have been hanging out in our garage for three and a half years).  But we I decided a wood shelf and rod would look so much nicer.  So thanks to the hard work of my Dad, this closet looks pretty good and is actually functional now!

Rearranged the furniture in this front room.  We moved around the love seats, chair, rug, and coffee table.  It flows so much better now!  And it makes me smile every time I walk into that room.  I also moved a shelf in from the kitchen.  With the low furniture and taller ceilings, everything was looking squat-y.  This room definitely needed some more height.  I wasn't loving this shelf in the kitchen anymore, but I think it is perfect in here.  I edited down the serving pieces displayed on it, but still need to add something to the bottom two shelves.  Maybe baskets; definitely something Cullen can't break.

We also got a new chandelier for the dining room and a new entry rug for the front door.  The rug we had at the front door came from our first apartment.  It did not go with anything in our house.  So in a rush to get this room ready for the party, I was lucky enough to find this super cute rug at Target.  Bonus, it is super soft...I could stand on it all day!  The new chandelier came from Lowe's and for only $79, I love it!  I really liked the previously chandelier (we had just installed it when we moved in), but when it came time to replace the light bulbs recently I could not find the right bulbs anywhere.  I would have had to order the bulbs online and would have spend $33 on just three bulbs.  That is crazy, especially for a light that was less than $150!  Anyone want a light fixture that needs some new, rather expensive light bulbs?  

There is still a lot more I would like to add to this room, but I'm pretty happy with what we've done so far!

2. Simplify.  We haven't really made much progress here, but we still have plenty of time. And I have some ideas.

3. Quality family time.  I think we have made some pretty good steps forward in this area.  Instead of eating dinner in front of the TV, we are all sitting at the kitchen table almost every night now.  I loved that we did this when I was growing up, and really want to keep family dinners a part of our family.  I think it is important for the family to spend this time together to talk about our day; things that wouldn't get said if we were sitting in front of the TV.

4. Blogging.  I'm feeling pretty good about this goal.  I've caught up on everything I wanted to share so far.  And I'm planning ahead.  So be sure to follow along, as I plan to share a lot more with you this year!

Did you set any goals for this year?  How are you doing so far?

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