I promised that my New Month’s Resolutions would reflect back to my New Year’s Resolution to be more organized and to take the running of the household more seriously. Last month, the plan was to organize the office and the school room. I got the office done, except for printing out five labels for the clutter-management boxes I bought. It’s been days and days, and I can actually see my desk most of the time, a vast improvement over its usual condition. It is unrealistic for busy, involved people to completely avoid a certain degree of paperwork clutter. Better to make it all pretty, or at least hidden, and retrievable.
The schoolroom is a big task, and I just didn’t get to it last month. This month, I will.
I also need to sit down and plan out meals for the month, something I have been trying to do since October with fairly good success. But since Lent begins this month, I think I will go ahead and plan out most of the meals through the beginning of April. I’ll leave one day a week for “something new,” but the rest of the days will just be simple, inexpensive, and routine (perhaps a two-week repeating cycle). Then I can focus on buying the ingredients in advance, so they are on hand, and perhaps even doing some prep work in advance (like cooking and seasoning taco meat and putting it in the freezer), so that crunch time meals are stress-free.
What is a New Month’s Resolution? Every month I look at where I need to focus my attention. Perhaps I’ve been procrastinating on certain chores. Perhaps I need to spend some extra time with one or more of the kids. Perhaps I’d like to try a new habit. New Month’s Resolutions are not grandiose plans to lose ten pounds or declutter the entire house or give up smoking (of course, I don’t smoke, but if I did, this would not be the venue in which I would give it up). New Month’s resolutions are short-term commitments; they are easily attained goals; they focus on what is needed right now, instead of what is best for a lifetime.
Do you have a new month’s resolution?