My One Word for 2017 and a Helpful Printable!

My One Word for 2017 and a Helpful Printable!

For 2017, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I decided to stick to one word for this year.

I was inspired to do this by Crystal Paine, from the blog Money Saving Mom.  I started following her when I decided to become a stay at home mom.  I love her posts and how she shares not only money saving tips but also books that she’s reading, what she is doing to better her health, her passions, and inspiring women in so many different ways.  She wrote a book recently, entitled “Money Making Mom(affiliate link) and it was so inspiring!  It was one of the resources I read that helped me take the leap to start this website.  I followed her through 2016 with her “Year or Rest” and recently read this post about what she plans to do this year.  I highly recommend her blog, she’s so encouraging!

So, what’s my word for 2017?

Minimize

Here’s what I plan to minimize for 2017:

  1. Clutter / Paper Piles
  2. Stress
  3. Busyness

 

Clutter / Paper piles

For so long I have been absolutely terrible at organizing paper clutter.  I had so many things I wanted to hold on to that things just started to pile up.  I wanted to keep things that I didn’t make a place for, so eventually papers got put into plastic bags and thrown into the garage to be looked through later.  Well, “later” never happened and days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, and yes, even a few years went by, yikes!  I am a bit embarrassed to admit this because I am not usually like this, I am usually a very organized person.

I am happy to say that over winter break my husband and I did some cleaning in the garage (it’s still a work in progress) and I went through YEARS of paper piles.  I am happy to say that there are NO MORE bags of paper piles in the garage, yay!  For Christmas I asked for this mail sorter and a cork board (affiliate links) to display the kids school work, coupons, announcements, etc.  I feel so much better and more organized by just having these two items.

Also, as years go by “stuff” accumulates.  It just happens.  We’ve given things to charity as well as had a couple garage sales to help but I feel like more needs to be done.  This year, I want to go through the entire house and minimize all the clutter!

 

Stress

Another thing I want to minimize this year is my stress.  I recently joined a gym and plan on working out 3-4 days a week.  I am so excited about this because it’s my first time ever joining a gym!  I’ve thought about it for so long but I fell into the “mommy guilt” trap.  I’m taking this year to focus on my health by eating better, exercising and getting 7+ hours of sleep per night.  Also, I plan to be more intentional with my friendships, keeping in touch more and letting them know I am thinking about them and making plans to spend time with them.  There is just something so refreshing about spending time with other moms!  If you are not involved in a mom group or have a circle of friends that live near you, I highly recommend getting plugged in somewhere.  It has helped me in so many ways!

 

Busyness

Transitioning from a stay-at-home mom to a work-from-home mom is a learning process for me.  A lot of the time I feel like I am staying busy but not getting as much done as I would like to.  How is this possible?!?  I’ve found out that I get distracted easily (hello, social media!) and at times I will start something new without finishing what I was currently working on.  To minimize the “busyness” and become more productive, I am planning to schedule my days ahead of time.  I feel that if I have a plan for everyday, more things will get done.

In reference to finances, Dave Ramsey teaches to make budget before the month begins, and giving every dollar a name so you can tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.  I want to use this same concept with my time.  Making a schedule ahead of time, telling myself how I will spend my time instead wondering where the time went!  One tool I created is a monthly cleaning schedule.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed about cleaning that I wish I had a daily schedule.  I just want to point out that I am not alone in the cleaning, the whole family is involved as well.

Here’s the Cleaning schedule, maybe it will help you too!  This does not include everything, and there is no “one size fits all” schedule but it’s a start.  To clarify the laundry part, my plan is to wash, dry, fold and put away one load per day.

Here’s to an organized, stress-free and productive 2017!

-Katie

 

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions or Word for 2017?  What tools or schedules have helped you be more organized, less stressed, or more productive?  I’d love to hear from you, let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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