New Year's resolutions

11 New Year’s resolutions for the creatively organized scatterbrain

It’s time to set some New Year’s resolutions to get my s#!* together at home. I’m known for being really buttoned down, goal-oriented, and organized at work, so why can’t I apply that same practice in my own house? I think maybe it’s just that I spend all those brain credits during the day and they’re just kaput once I get home. I see dreamy photos of hotel style master bedrooms, then shoot a disdainful eye at the piles of laundry at the foot of my bed. I can’t even tell which basket is the clean stuff I’ve dug through and what’s dirty, so I end up washing all of it. The baseboards of my bathroom have a film of hairspray and fuzz on them and the basement would earn consideration for one of those hoarders shows.

This is the year I get the home I want. The clean, glowing, hotel-like atmosphere right out of a Martha Stewart spread…Well, it will at least be organized. I will clean what I can and hire occasional maid service to get the rest. This will be the year of purging. I will never again wear that dress the night we opened for Jewel in the 90’s. Why have I hung onto it for 18 years? Let’s get ON with this! Dust bunnies and worthless mementos be gone! If it can’t be neatly organized or displayed, it’s out.

Here’s my list of New Year’s Resolutions, 11 GOALS for this coming year:

  1. I have a film that’s half shot, needs some story forming and editing. All footage I’ve been meaning to get to must be shot by mid-summer. I should be doing final editing this fall.
  2. I need to get the rest of the remains of my store’s inventory out of my basement. Purge by selling or donation.
  3. Sort and purge every item of clothing in this house.
    1. Don’t buy any new clothes until this is done and there’s an inventory of what may need to be updated.
    2. If I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s gone. (Do I have to toss the darling skirts I had made in Thailand?)
  4. Sort and purge the master suite.
    1. Organize the night stands.
    2. Organize my creative supplies (I have art supplies stashed around this house like a squirrel who’s afraid they’ll want to draw something but only if the means to do so are within arm’s reach at all times.)
    3. Break the bad habit of bringing glasses up at bedtime, but not taking them back downstairs in the morning.
    4. Organize my makeup table. Toss all the old. Keep only the favorites. Use the rest of what I have.
    5. Hang the art that’s been sitting, waiting for a wall.
    6. Generally organize, purge, and create a peaceful and clutter-free space to rest in.
  5. Paint the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
  6. Sort, purge, and organize the garage.
  7. Take as many creative classes as I can. I’ve already signed up for a storytelling and documentary filmmaking classes via CreativeLive. -The goal to be to learn as much as I can about the things I’m already doing so I can get as much enjoyment out of them as possible.
  8. Finish designing and launch Mondo Chicago.
  9. Say yes to fun more often.
  10. Make more photos.
  11. Make more films.

That should be enough to keep me busy. We’ll look back at this in a year to see what’s been done and what I blew off.

What are your goals for the 2016? Let’s keep each other on track!