Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Resolutions and To Do List

As you can probably tell due to the fact that I have a 101 in 1001 list and have been posting my monthly goals, I love resolution time.  There is nothing more satisfying than sitting down, reflecting on last year's resolutions, and coming up with a plan to make the next year even better.  You would think that crossing the stuff off would be more satisfying, but I actually hate seeing all of those black lines on my list.  In fact, I rarely let a to do list get halfway done before I toss it out and transfer the remaining items onto a nice, clean new list.  I know, I'm weird.  

When I think about my life, there are three areas that I really want to focus on:  my marriage, my house, and my money.  In 2013, I resolve to:

1. Strengthen my marriage.

2. Keep a clean, clutter-free house.

3. Get personal and house finances under control. 

Related to resolution #1:
  • Go on one date per month with Justin
  • Go on one romatic getaway weekend with Justin
  • Go on one family trip to a water park
  • Go on one family trip to Hocking Hills or Kelley's Island
  • Host a [Justin's side] family game night twice
  • Host a [my side] family game night twice
  • Go to the shooting range at least once
  • Play Laser tag at least once
  • Go bowling at least once
  • Let go of the past
  • If you realize you are pushing buttons, stop.
  • If you realize you are fighting about something stupid, stop.
  • Say "I love you" more
  • Essure for me, vasectomy for Justin
Related to resolution #2:
  • Purchase and install a living room toy organization system
  • Purchase and install shelves in basement
  • Clean and organize garage
  • Have a garage sale
  • Sell / give away / donate baby gear
  • Sell / give away / donate baby toys
  • Sell / give away / donate baby clothes
  • Sell / give away / donate maternity / nursing clothes
  • Sell / give away / donate another 10 bags of my clothes
  • Wash basement laundry mountain
  • Organize and dry clean suits
  • Organize downstairs hall closet; put in shoe holders
  • Go through 15 random crap bins
  • Turn closet at bottom of the stairs into a pantry
  • Get the girls in one bedroom, turn the other one into a playroom
Related to resolution #3:
  • Read Dave Ramsay books (and return the one you borrowed!)
  • No random makeup purchases (okay to replace stuff that's completely out and to continue existing beauty subs) 
  • No random clothing or jewelry purchases (okay to buy stuff due to weight loss, but only get the minimum amount needed)
  • Limit of 3 lunches out per month; pack breakfast
  • Track ALL food purchases for one month to figure out where cuts need to be made
  • Develop a house budget
  • Develop a personal budget
  • Pay off target card and Barclay card and cancel them; get a debit target card instead 
  • Fill out expense reports in a timely manner
  • Don't go on a trip if you can't afford it (this includes PJs at TJ's and the Blathering)
  • Fix my social security number on my car loan

3 comments:

Jessica said...

One of my resolutions is to come up with a cleaning schedule like yours. Or maybe exactly like yours.

susan said...

Looks like you've got great things laid out for the year! You're certainly setting yourself up for success! :)

Alicia Curley said...

Seems like so many of us have financial goals this year! Which is great b/c we can all keep each other in check. I really relate to this one:

- No random clothing or jewelry purchases (okay to buy stuff due to weight loss, but only get the minimum amount needed)

I am struggling to balance buying new clothes due to weight loss. I need to really have a better grasp on what's needed and what's not.

Also, love your marriage strengthening goals. Brandon and I have "date night" every Friday. Easier for us to do without kids, but having it dedicated as time for us is a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the one you love :)