Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Resolutions

Now that we're about a third of the way through January, I thought I'd finally post some of my resolutions for the year. I usually don't like resolutions because I feel like people never keep them, but I think all of these are pretty manageable. So, in no particular order, here are my resolutions for 2011:

Keep my house clean/organized. I just want it to always be clean enough that if someone were to just show up, I wouldn't be embarrassed about the house looking messy. I got in an organizing kick the other night and cleaned out/organized both of the linen closets in the house. We cleaned out and organized the closets in the guest room and office a few months ago, so they're still in pretty good shape. Now I just need to clean out the bedroom closet and I'll be pretty happy. Once I've gotten that done I'll just have to spend a few minutes every day putting everything back in its place. Shouldn't be too hard, right?

Work out more. Yeah I know, that's pretty much everybody's New Year's Resolution. But I want to work out at least five days a week, even if it's just for 20 minutes. Sunny gave me Just Dance 2 for Christmas, and I feel like it's a really good workout [it definitely gets your heart rate up!] and it's fun, so I want to try to play that a lot. And I started over on the Thirty Day Shred yesterday. It's only about 25 minutes, so I feel like I should be able to make that much time to work out every day, even when school gets me really busy. I know I'll miss some days if we go out of town or anything, but every day I'm at home I'm planning on doing it. I want to get the Zumba game for the Wii, too, but I just can't make myself spend the money on it right now! Which leads me to my next resolution...

Get better about using coupons. This is more of a necessity than a resolution. We're trying to save as much money as we can right now, which is kinda difficult with me being back in school full-time and not having a job, so one way I'm trying to help is by getting better about using my coupons. There are tons websites that have stores' weekly ads and coupon matchups, so all I have to do is look at these websites, see what I need/might need eventually that's on sale, and cut out my coupons. My favorites are I Heart Publix, Southern Savers, and Money Saving Mom. I found another one the other day that I had not seen before, Be Centsable, that has a roundup of grocery ads by state. I haven't used this one much yet, but I think it'll be really helpful. Since I've been using coupons I've been saving about 50% on groceries. I just want to get more consistent about it this year.

Get a new hobby. Lee said that one of our resolutions should be something that's just fun for us. What I really want is a DSLR camera so I can learn to use it, but we just can't afford that right now. Two things I'm thinking about are getting a sewing machine and learning to sew [I've seen some basic sewing machines for really good prices] and taking a cake decorating class. I think both of those would be fun, so I'll just have to do some research and decide which one to do. I don't know if there even are any cake decorating classes around here, so that might make the decision for me :)

I'm planning on doing an update once a month on how I've done with all of them. Hopefully that will help keep me accountable :)


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  2. I basically need/want to do everything you listed. Esp the keep the house tidy. It's so much harder than it sounds though! Oh and working out, saving money AND learning to sew. Best of luck with all of your resolutions!