Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

New Years Resolutions


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Office shelves

image by flickr member Atypical Type A

So, what are you New Year’s Resolutions around the house this year? I’m sure I’ll start off all motivated and purge a bunch of stuff, make a few Salvation Army runs, clean some baseboards, get started on organizing my tax info, then run out of steam and put it off until next year. Is that how it usually goes for you? If not, how do you stay motivated? Do you have a reward system? Is your newly feng shui’ed space and extra room in the closet reward enough? Do you have bigger goals around the house?

Here are some ideas I have for staying motivated when I run out of inspiration:

1) Take another class online with Abby Garvey.

2) Re-read Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Dolan (it JUST came out in Paperback this week!) For more info, click here. Oh, and you may want to give yourself a month. Erin’s a bit of a Superwoman. If you do it all in a week, go to a spa on Day 8!

3) Read blogs by big D.I.Y. peeps and get inspired by them. Flip back through Anna’s accomplishments over at Door Sixteen, or check in over at The Brick House – start way back at the beginning and take a leisurely browse. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all of the design blog choice out there that I don’t read any of them. It’s a real treat to sit down and really catch up on one or two for an hour.

4) Find some favorite flickr groups to flip through. Some of our favorites are our own (Fresh New Spaces), sfgirlbybay, Interior Styling, and Pretty Organized. One way to find great groups on Flickr is to find a member whose work you admire, go to his or her profile page, and see what groups they belong to. This picture from Lillian Day is motivating me to change my guest room from ballerina pink to medium gray!

The bedroom

5) Finally, always remember not to be too hard on yourself. Just trying to get things together is a good start, and is probably better than you were doing yesterday. Give yourself some inspirational time rewards, like a hot bath, time to flip through a book, look at blogs, write your own blog.

PLEASE add your own advice in the comments section and let us know what you’re up to around the house!

About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Condo Blues says:

    December 28th, 2010 at 9:32 am (#)

    Last year I made a list of New Year’s Resolutions. I also decided to make one small green change each month. I was better at making and keeping the one small changes than the big resolutions – unless someone landscapes my front yard in the next few days before New Years 🙂

    I’m sticking to the One Small Change a month because collectively I developed a lot of very good habits that I built into my life and am keeping.

  2. Lindsey says:

    December 29th, 2010 at 2:24 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips to keep my mind and home fresh! Fixing up my house was actually my exact New Year’s Resolution! Too bad I got antsy and did it early…so glad I did.

    As far as tips go, I found this website called designdivafabrics.com. Definitely highly recommended after my experience with them.

    I literally reupholstered almost all of my furniture and created new window treatments and really found out the small things make the difference. Plus, I think I ended up spending half of my budget.

    Hope this helps anyone reading!

  3. Becky says:

    December 31st, 2010 at 11:09 am (#)

    Condo, that sounds like a good, realistic plan. Can you share some of the changes you made? I was trying that for awhile and while I kept my new habits, I stopped adding new habits after awhile! Small changes add up to a lot.

    Lindsey, I have several items that have been on my upholstery list for YEARS. I don’t know why I can’t seem to get that done! You’ve inspired me to give it another try.

  4. Sophia Terese says:

    January 19th, 2011 at 9:33 am (#)

    Act yourself into right thinking! Place the emphasis on the action. And get a lot of support from friends.

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