Not-A-New-Year Resolutions

October 15, 2014

no need to adjust your calendars, it is not, in fact, 2015 yet.  it's not even halloween 2014.  i'm just a crazy person who decided that i have things i want to get done and i'm too impatient to wait 2.5 months and start these things on january 1.  that, and i can't think of a good reason why my year long resolutions can't be within whatever 12 months i choose them to be.  (i'm actually thinking this will be a november 2014 - to end of august 2015 challenge, which makes it 10 months, but that's neither here nor there. yet.)

oh yes, there's the choose your own adventure challenge, my 101 in 1001 list, and now my not-a-new-year resolutions.  i like setting goals, what of it?  it's somehow more satisfying to check it off a list and report back here to the blog that it is to just do it and keep my mouth shut.  and it keeps me from watching tv all night/weekend.


so here's what i'm thinking i want to work on.  starting asap, and not in 2015:

1. purge, purge, purge.  i love the freeing feeling of getting rid of things i don't need.  you probably wouldn't even believe the amount of things i've gotten rid of in the last 2 years.  (organizing all my belongings was something i checked off my 101 list pretty early on.)  frankly, i'm amazed that i had that much to begin with, but it's so easy to collect little things and forget about them.  despite how good i've been about embracing minimalism in the last year or so, i know there's still too many things in my apartment. (and at my mom's house, namely holiday related things.)  i'm going to aim to get rid of 50% of what's currently there.  i won't know how much 50% is until i start, but it seems like a good, lofty goal to try to hit.  i can tell you right now i have a whole box of halloween costumes that's gotta go, but that my regular wardrobe is pretty well completely weeded out already.  and this 50% won't include consumable things like anything in the pantry or extra shampoo and paper towels, but everything else is fair game.  next year, when i move into a house with john, i want the movers to walk in and say 'that's it? this is everything you own?' 

2. limit personal spending.  i don't want to exactly say a year of no spending, but that's essentially what i'm aiming for.  i might make a list of acceptable purchases, but really it should be a year of just the basics.  less than the basics, actually, since i'm certain i have all the makeup, toiletries and household supplies i can possibly use until at least mid-summer.  i think i'll do a follow up post on why it's important for me to rein in personal spending this entire year, as opposed to simply budgeting or a 'no spend month' here or there, since i think it could get rather long.  (obviously it involves house buying but also money for travel.)  and list what what i will and won't be buying.  so, to be continued.

3. spend $0 out of pocket on christmas and other gift related expenses.  i'm very close to $0 this christmas, i think i'll hit it.  thanks to a mix of scaling back plus swagbucks.  just a few other details to iron out.  hopefully i can repeat this next christmas.  and i want to try to get the 'gifts' category out of my budget completely.  not in that i won't give gifts, but that i'll use only things like swagbucks to pay for them or that i'll be giving gifts of my time.  which requires some planning on my part.

4. fix up the blog schedule.  i have it figured out, i just need to execute.  and possibly do some rearranging in that navigation bar up there.  not sure you'll notice a difference, but i'll like the organization of it all a lot better.

okay, so 4 things.  4 non-new year's resolutions, which all fit under the 'simplify' theme.  that i'll probably start november 1 because despite my bucking of january 1 traditions, i still really like order.

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22 comments

  1. oh man, I admire how much self-control and determination you have! I really need to do something similar to start my new married life off right. I am a hoarder and struggle to give things up, as they represent so much more to me.

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  2. Simplify was my word of the year for 2014... I have some work to do, that's for sure!

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  3. I like the $0 on gifts thing. Very intrigued.

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  4. I'm still so impressed that you can manage to make that much from swagbucks!

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  5. I'm in the middle of this too--throwing everything away! It just feels so great to scale down on the crap you really don't need.

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  6. I will be the one who helps organize that navbar up there... won't I?

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  7. You know I think any time is good for an overhaul or a new goal set - it doesn't need to be dependent on a date on the calendar!

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  8. I am going to try and do the whole no spending thing as well! I want to get a house soon and I am trying to pay off my car (that I have only had for a year) as soon as possible to help with this. On top of that I want to save a bunch of money for when I get my house - so no extra spending!

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  9. i need to do all of this. im about to purge my clothes and I need to get in the mind set to just get over it and get rid of it.

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  10. I need to adopts all of these goals. Except I am terrible at making goals and sticking to them. I usually don't bother to do either. I also need to learn about swagbucks. I signed up but never actually figured it out. Thanks for reminding me!

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  11. Such great goals! Thanks for sharing! I like reading other peoples goals because it gives me good motivation and to take a look at similar things. We purged when we moved but it was not nearly enough. Our goal for life is not to settle down, so other moves are very likely in the future.

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  12. When I did my most recent closet clean out and seriously like 20 trash bags later that are gone......it is the most calming feeling after it's all out! I am all about the closet purge! I can actually see in between my hangers right now!

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  13. I really like the purge goal since I need to do this one too. I can't imagine you have much more to get rid of. I totally hope to use swagbucks too for holiday purchases.

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  14. You are so right, goals are good to start any time of the year...not just cliche goals on January 1st! I really need to work on purging. So. Much. Stuff.

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  15. LOVE this post- I swear I could have written it myself!!! ;) Definitely aiming to use mostly Swagbucks/reward type of stuff to cover Christmas this year and I've got a good stockpile of gift cards to use already! I'm trying to declutter and purge as well, which is a little harder because Jared tends to be more of a packrat, but he's coming along ;) We have a donate box by our front door and we're aiming to fill it with at least 5-10 things and take it to GoodWill once a week- so far so good!

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  16. love this. I have goals in mind and I love setting goals, but i really love setting goals on 1sts, so the first of the year, or month, or week (yep i know, weirdo). i have a pretty big goal planned for next year, but smaller ones like purging (not that that's a small goal!) can be done right now! :)

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  17. Purging is definitely something I NEED to do! My tiny apartment can't handle my hoarding. Also, not sure if I've said this before but I really need a budget. I'm just scared to fail at it ;\

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  18. i love this word. I need to do more of it lately. I need to go back and reread your posts about swagbucks b/c you are killing it. We are planning a few trips this year.

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  19. These are all such good ideas!

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  20. This is great. I really want to limit personal spending too. Have you read the blog "And Then We Saved"? She has great ideas!

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  21. I need to limit all spending! It's just so damn hard when I don't have a schedule to eat meals around. Working at a restaurant can be a pain in the ass sometimes.

    I love that you purge so easily. I have so much stuff that I start to want to purge and then I get overwhelmed and go watch tv. Bahhh!

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  22. You have so much self control. If I ever move to Chicago, I am hiring you as my personal Life Coach!

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