I'm a little late on the New Year's resolution thing but I'm not usually the yearly resolution type anyway. I don't want to look at these as resolutions for the year, but as a change of ways. Not just yearly resolutions but real lifetime changes.
So here's what I came up with; Use Less, Have Less, Want Less.
•Water: I'll work to take shorter showers. I'm not able to take long showers anyway since I'm home by myself with the kids but at a few gallons of water used per minute, each minute shorter can save a lot. Also, the kiddos sometimes shower with me or hop in the bath together. It saves us time and water!
•Energy: We keep the heat quite low during the winter, 65° during the day and 62° at night but I think I'm going to turn down the night setting to 60° since we're all snuggled into one bed and stay plenty warm together. Also, we're pretty bad about leaving lights on around the house and I really want to try to pay more attention to that.
•Money: I'm the money person in our family but that doesn't mean much more than making sure the bills are paid. I want to make a proper budget and then follow it. I have no idea where to start but I feel like we should at least track our spending better to know exactly where our money goes and then save where we can.
•Stuff: We really don't need much but we have plenty. There's a lot we can do without and we'll continue to work on finding that comfortable place between what we need and what we think we need.
•De-clutter: We have lots of storage in our basement and it all needs to be gone through. The office/sewing room closet is packed with things to be filed, fabric scraps, photo supplies, etc. And the kitchen counter is a dumping ground for mail, bills, electronics, fruit, pens; it's a mess.
•Organize: Some of those things will just need a better organizational system. Totes, baskets, folders, etc.
•Donate: Things will get tossed into a donate box and they'll either go to Goodwill or to someone we know who can use them. No need to hold onto things that aren't being used.
•Buy less: It always seems like we're heading to the store for something. A cleaning product, something for the kids, groceries, etc. One thing I'm going to do to buy less is make more. I'll use up what cleaning products we have but I'm going to make more of them from castile soap, vinegar, baking soda, etc. Also, I'm working on knitting a hat for Tyler so we won't have to buy him a new one. I'll continue to make other household things like curtains, pillow cases, laundry soap, and supper (that last one was from Aaron).
•Get used to resisting: Sometimes we think we need things that we really don't. We need to train ourselves to be without things. We don't need cable. We don't need a second car (yet). We don't need lots of fancy toys for the kids.
So I want you to use less also. Actually use fewer. Use fewer plastic bags by using re-usable shopping bags!
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