Setting New Year goals for yourself may be easier than setting them for your whole household. Whether it’s trying a new design trend or making sure family dinners happen once a week, here are some good ideas for a bright 2018!
- Create goals that are reasonable. Instead of resolving to do something you don’t like or that may be too ambitious, try setting goals that are doable. It’s easier to reach your target if you actually make it reachable! And you’ll love that feeling of accomplishment.
- Get organized. Now is the perfect time to de-clutter your drawers and desk. Sort paperwork, bills, mementos and mail. Clean out the closets – and see how much space you have. Invest in a closet organization system.
- Automate it. Whether you’re trying to lower the heating bills or find time to exercise consistently, automation is the key. Automated thermostats. Automated bill paying. Automatic reminders. It’s easier to develop and stick to new habits with a little help from technology.
- Take a risk. Nothing too crazy, just something outside your comfort zone. Always wanted to learn rock-climbing? Do it! Wondering what ultra-violet would look like in the family room? Do it! You’ll never know if you don’t try!
- Start – and finish – a project. Whether it’s a DIY project, a redecorating scheme or a larger renovation, break it into steps so it doesn’t seem overwhelming. Create a rough schedule and try to check off parts of the project in increments. It may take a while, but eventually you’ll get it done.
- Slow down. Take the time to sit down and eat as a family. Savor a meal instead of rushing around and grabbing fast food. Schedule movie or game nights. Un-schedule yourself from too many obligations. Say no.
- Create a comfortable bedroom. Basic but necessary. Stop using your bedroom as an office/play room/library/laundry sorting facility. Make it a quiet, comfortable space where you can collapse and recharge at the end of the day.
- Love your home and your life, imperfections included. Appreciate the warmth and shelter your home provides. Take note of the thoughtful little things your spouse does. Enjoy watching your kids play together. Be grateful for your home, your family, and your health – and let the other stuff go.