Friday, March 4, 2016

Goals Update: February 2016

February was a very productive month!  I am making a lot of progress in the exercising and decluttering departments.  I've also got a great start on my household project list.  I am loving the new bare spaces in our home, and they really make a difference when it comes to keeping the house tidy.  I was so surprised to come in under budget again this month because we bought SO MUCH!  I am also very proud to say that I have kept up with my blogging goal.  Here are how the rest of my goals are playing out so far this year...

  • Lose 20 lbs (about 1.5 lbs a month) - I have still not lost anything.  I have a mess of blood work scheduled for March, the doctor is leaning towards either hormone or thyroid problems, so we will see.  It is just very frustrating to be exercising almost every day, and eating right, and not see any weight loss.  I am hoping to have answers soon so I can get some of this weight off!
  • Exercise 292 days - In February I exercised 24 out of 29 days.  For a total of 44 for the year.  I'm right on track with this goal!  Exercising doesn't make me feel great, but I do feel stronger - my hips hurt less, my legs and back don't give out like they use to - but I also feel so tired and sore all over.  If I was doing some kind of crazy aerobic exercises I would understand, but I basically do stretches and ride the bike, so, yeah, anyway...  #outofshape
  • Drink at least 70 oz of water everydayI have made some progress with this.  The days I work I definitely do better than the days I don't.  The problem is that it's just so cold in the house that I just want to curl up with a blanket and some hot tea, not an ice water.  But with warm Spring weather fast approaching, I should be able to master this goal in no time.  
  • Coupon and deal shop to stick to my $350/month budget - I shared my budget update for February here.  If you click over, you can see all of the great things I was able to stock-up on while still staying $44 under budget!  This included diapers, frozen vegetables, laundry detergent, vitamins, and organic chicken breasts!
  •  Earn at least 6 - $25 Amazon gift card through Swagbucks - I am well over 1/2 way to another gift card, so I should be able to get another one in March.  1 Down, and 5 to go.
  • List at least 10 things per month online or 120 for the year - January - Check (23).  In February we sat up at a flea market, so I didn't get anything listed.  I did get a LOT ready to list though (4 bags of baby clothes, some sweaters, and a coat).  I have already taken the pictures, so I'll be listed these things online in March. 
  • Set up at 6 Flea Markets/Shows to sell our wares - We set up on February 20th at an indoor flea market.  We did fairly well.  We got rid of a LOT of junk that we have been carrying around for awhile, so that always makes me happy!  Total for the year = 1
  • Completely declutter the entire house - I have made a LOT of progress on this in January and February.  I should be able to cross this goal off by the end of March/beginning of April.  I still have some cabinets and drawers in the kitchen to do, two spots in the laundry room, and a few spots in the nursery.  But overall, the house looks amazing, and it is much easier to tidy things up at the end of the day!  I really cannot believe the amount of stuff that we've been able to get rid of - I just don't where it all comes from!
Kitchen China Cabinet After
Living Room Cube Storage After
  • Finish my 2016 project list - I have my project list update posted separately.  However, I will share that I have made a lot of progress in the decluttering department of the list, and got a 'new' kitchen trash can.  I shared quite a few pictures of my progress here
Nursery Dresser Drawer #1 After
  • Post at least 3 times a week - I posted at least 3 times per week again in February.  All totaled I shared 12 posts in February, which averages to exactly 3 a week!
  • Do a 31 day series in October - Not there yet.  I have been working on some ideas in my blogging journal though. 
  • Set up a Facebook page for my blog - I didn't get to this again in February, but it is at the top of my list for March!
How is everyone else doing with their goals?
Anything new or different you are trying this year?
Share some of your goals in the comments...

Household Project List 2016 -- February Update


In February I was able to finish most of my decluttering, but I just don't feel like I got much accomplished.  I know that I did, and I can really tell a difference in our home - it's easier to tidy, pretty much everything has it's own place, and there are bare spaces - but I just don't feel as accomplished as I did in January.  Not sure why, but any way...  Decluttering-wise I only have a few spots left: the kitchen, the laundry room, and a couple of things in the nursery/office, which is great!  I am right on track to start my painting projects in the end of March or beginning of April.  I also wanted to get the chest freezer done this month, but it's looking like that isn't going to happen, since Monday is the first of March.  But as long as everything is crossed off by the end of December, that is really all that matters.  So, here's how things went in February...
  • Bedroom: 
    • Declutter 2 Dressers, 1 Chest of Drawers, 2 Nightstands, 1 Closet, and Under the Bed -- I was able to finish both dressers, the closet, and under the bed to get this one crossed off in February!
    • Steam off the crappy boarder
    • Re-glue the wallpaper seams
    • Change the wall art
  • Hall: 
    • Declutter Hall Closet, Desk, and Coat Closet -- I decluttered the desk in February and was able to fit all my linens into a tiny bin in Howard's closet.
    • Sell desk, and move in a bench
    • Build another shelf in the hall closet -- Since I made enough room in Howard's closet for the linens while decluttering we don't need to build a shelf.  So, I'm crossing this off the list!
  • Bathroom:
    • Declutter the Bathroom Cabinets and Drawers
    • Touch up the paint (Joe and I might actually repaint the entire bathroom, as the color scheme is not great, so this will happen last, if at all - we might just wait and repaint in 2017)
  • Living Room:
    • Declutter 8 Cube Baskets, 1 End Table, and 3 Dresser Drawers -- I went through the cubes this month and resorted the toys by type.  I had them sorted so that I could just get out one cube and then switch it for another cube every couple days, but each cube has WAY too much in for that.  Now I just open all the cubes, pick an assortment of toys, and then push them back in.  I still rotate the toys every few days, but this allows me to make sure he gets a variety - usually including a puzzle, something with wheels, a 'puzzle-type' toy (stacking rings or shape sorters), and one that makes noise.  Plus a couple of books.  It just made more sense to me to put like with like.  It also makes cleaning up easier at night when he decides to dump a couple cubes out while mama isn't looking.  I've also been working on the dresser drawers; I have 2 done and 1 to go.  I need to purchase another large CD case to put our "series" DVDs in, and then I will be done!
    • Finish adding pictures to our 'mural' wall
    • Paint the letter 'R' on our 'mural' wall
    • Find new art for behind the futon
  • Kitchen:
    • Declutter 35 Cabinets, 1 Pantry, 1 China Cabinet, and 11 Drawers
      Pantry Before and After
      China Cabinet After
    • Get a new trashcan -- We had purchased a new trashcan for diapers in Howard's room, and it broke practically right away.  Joe said, no problem, he can fix it, that was in October.  Well, since then we have been using a small wicker trash can for diapers, and it's been working great!  We use old grocery bags in it, and when Howard does his stinky for the day, we tie it up and add it to our kitchen trash can (which gets emptied every couple days).  We have had NO problem with smell.  So, when Joe finally glued our practically brand new stainless steel trashcan back together, I took it for the kitchen.  And, I LOVE it!
    • Steam the wallpaper off our microwave table, and repaint it
    • Paint the windows/sills/trim
    • Clean out the chest freezer and defrost it
  • Nursery/Office:
    • Declutter the Closet, Dresser, Desk, Chest of Drawers, Bookcase, Sewing Table, and Cedar Chest -- I finished the dresser this month.  This is probably where I spent most of my time; it took days to do.  The dresser holds all of my crafting supplies as well as my in-progress scrapbooks.  So, I went through tons of papers, stickers, punches, glues, scissors, and more - three diaper boxes full of stuff left for sale!  I also reorganized my sticker and decal collections while I was at it, and they turned out amazing!  The dresser was a major time-sucker, but I am so pleased with how well it turned out.
    • Go through the CD 3-drawer organizer and combine into a large CD case 
    • Install new curtain rods and tie backs; Hang new curtains
    • Make a new curtain for the closet; Hang
    • Buy new Lamp/Shade for the Dresser
    • Re-glue wallpaper
    • Bring in new chest of drawers (#2)
    • Build new shelf (or two) above the desk; Add books to shelves
    • Paint the windows/sills and the closet door frame 
  • Laundry Room:
    •  Declutter Desk, 3 Drawer Stand, Bookcase, and Closet (including stored Christmas decorations)
    • Touch up paint from renovation
    • Hang art -- still deciding on if this is necessary
    • Wash box of new-to-us toys