Choose Your Own Adventure - {Link Up}

did you participate in november's make your own goal challenge?  november's theme was organize.  obviously my favorite month.  how did you do?!

general guidelines:
1) if you want, follow your hosts not entirely perfect, life according to steph, and keeping up with ashley and cody.  (i like twitter, that way i can follow you back and tweet you encouragement throughout the challenge.)
2) link up your post about your results below for the month - we want to hear all about what you did, how you fared, what resources you used, what you'd recommend to others, etc.
3) please link to your actual post about your results.  links not having to do with the challenge will be deleted.
4) feel free to use this button, created by the lovely sarah at venus trapped in mars.

Not Entirely Perfect



my first goal was to get my gift giving organized.  i had things just in a box, i wanted to get them wrapped and ready to go.  i give this a pass.  it's not totally done, but i only have to wrap 2 things for my parents and then it'll be considered a success!

the second goal i listed was to continue on in my declutter challenge and specifically, work on the boxes in my mom's attic.  i also give this a pass.  i did the holiday things in the attic that i wanted to get done, but there's 2 miscellaneous boxes that i didn't have time for.  however, i did do furniture to make up for it, selling some of the pieces i didn't need any more.

i didn't include it in my last post, but a goal i listed on my not a new year resolutions post was to get my post labels and nav bar organized up top there.  i might expand it or make it more detailed in the new year but for now, it's exactly what i wanted.  success.

december's theme is simplify.  it's already a month that's so full, there's no sense in adding more to your plate.  but how about taking something off it?  hang less decor, bake one less cookie recipe, attend one less party.

my simplify goal?  no decor at my apartment.  which, according to my mom, makes me a scrooge, but i just do not have time for it this year.  i don't have time to put it up or take it down, and i just have too many other plans that i wouldn't even be home to enjoy it.  i put up the tree and decor at my parents house whole hog while i was there watching the dogs/over thanksgiving, but my own apartment will remain a little bare this year.  i think it's better to just take it off my list rather than let it cause me stress.  and anyway next year, john and i will put the tree and decor up in our new house! 

my other goal is to not add anything else to my schedule.  i've got a dinner, 3 birthdays, the german christmas mart, an eye doctor appointment, a dog grooming appointment, ice skating, office christmas party, christmas, new years eve... that's just what i remember off the top of my head.

one last thing - going into the new year (holy crap, yeah that's happening), we thought we'd ask how you feel about the link up day.  i just sort of randomly picked first thursday of each month, but i'm happy to move it to the last of the month, first of the month, or keep it where it is.  any thoughts?

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  1. Congrats on your Nov goals & good luck on your Dec goals! You have a lot of things going on this month! I'm going home for 2 weeks & I've sort of been avoiding looking at what days I can & cannot hang out with people because I know once I start filling it in it's going to stress me out. As far as the day of the link up, I think it's fine where it's at but I also wouldn't have an issue if a lot of people wanted it changed to something else. Thanks for doing the link up!

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  2. I don't think that's scrooge like at all! I barely decorate my house and it's TOTALLY fine. it sounds like you did pretty good last month and i love the idea for simplifying this month.

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  3. I'm with Mom... you're a Scrooge! Don't try and talk your way out of it!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. no decor? You at least have to put a snowflake up or something!

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  5. I should definitely have adopted the no decor with vacation looming next week, but MFD AKA Clark Griswold wasn't having any of it. I think you're smart not to do it. Christmas is all around us! It's not in the decor.

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    1. Jared is Clark Griswold as well-- our house is festive and I do like it, but good lord we add crap every year!!!

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  6. You're not a scrooge. We have some decorations but not much and I don't want any more. I don't need my living room looking like Christmas threw up.

    I'm so jealous your gift wrapping is done. I've barely started my shopping!

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  7. I think if you are not going to be around much to enjoy it, then it doesn't make sense but I know for me personally I couldn't not do it.

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  8. call me a scrooge as well, i'm not a fan of decorating really. i'm trying, attempting to enjoy the holidays a bit more, but it's such a hassle. up, down, cats play with everything.. can't be bothered.

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  9. I have three huge bins of fall decor----indoor and outdoor halloween stuff, and a full bin of harvesty thanksgiving stuff--all packed to the brim. I have one for everything winter, and it has tons of room to spare. I could probably also store my winter coat in there. Maybe I'll join the no decor bandwagon, and save myself from having to expand my collection of stuff!

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    1. You should! No need to create excess if it's not something that appeals to you in the first place. That's how I end up with things I don't need - I think I'm 'supposed to.'

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  10. P and I have not done a Christmas tree since we have lived together...and I'm not doing it this year either. I'm terrible! We have three boxes of Christmas decor too! You certainly shouldn't feel bad about not decorating.

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  11. I think decorations should never be a necessity and if they create stress, more power to you for skipping them altogether! We're skipping them also, but mostly because we haven't really acquired any yet. Oh! And I also had Christmas gifts as one of my goals. But I only had to have them all selected and purchased, so I get a full pass even though they're not all wrapped. :P

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  12. Simplifying sounds great. I am one of those people that think I don't have much going on until I write it all down and then I want to hide in my house...I need to learn this desperately!

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  13. I go pretty easy on the decorations, but for me it just isn't Christmas without a few twinkle lights. It makes sense not to decorate much if you're not hosting any holiday events at your place, though.

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    1. I never go crazy at my place, but this year, I'm content with the lights just being at mom's! Save myself the sanity ;)

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  14. A few years ago I had a really busy month of December and I decided not to decorate much, just a tiny table top tree. I totally understand not doing it if you aren't there to enjoy it. Sounds like you did good last month!

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  15. My husband and I never decorate our apartment for the holidays. The first year we lived together I kind of felt like we should, but we never did. I never decorated any of my apartments when I lived alone either, though, so it's not like I had a ton of decorations that weren't being used.

    As for your link-up question, I think keeping it on the first Thursday of the month is fine. It's easy to remember. I kind of like the idea of doing it on the first or last of the month, but I feel like it may be a struggle to get a post up if that day falls on a weekend (at least for me!).

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    1. The weekend is an issue for me as well, I don't read or write much during those times. I think we'll stick with the first Thursday, thanks!

      I don't have too much decor either. I have a feeling it'll expand next year, but I don't want to collect things just to collect them, I want to love it and use it.

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  16. I feel you - This year I definitely want to decorate a bit further - so we're hitting up Ikea. My son LOVES it and decorating the tree is his favorite part so can't jip the little guy out of it. :) I am definitely slowing down all other aspects of life, including blogging. So if I get more quiet, it will last until about early next year. Lol. I'm just tired and conserving mental and physical energy when able. :) Hope you're doing well and have a great one Stephanie! -Iva

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  17. I had no doubt you'd rock the November goals! Organization and you just seem to fit! Good luck for December!

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  18. Oh great one, I'm going with simplifying our spending in December! We've let our budget get a little out of control lately.

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  19. I love the theme of simplifying, especially this time of year. We don't put up a lot of decorations. I usually hang a wreathe, put up some lights outside, get out my advent tree that my grandpa made and then some sort of snowman decoration. My mom is obsessed with snowmen and they seem to be multiplying every year. There was one in my bed last time I went home for Christmas...creepy! Anyway, it's apparently not Christmas until I put out one snowman!

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  20. Simplifying during the holidays can be so hard, but sometimes it's exactly what we need in order to be able to enjoy the most important parts of the season. I think your decision is a good one. :)

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    1. Thanks girl :) I know putting up the decor would be work this year, not fun. Next year I'll be ready!

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  21. Stalking your blog for a while but new to this link up. I am a big fan of organizing, simplifying and setting goals so I love the idea. Looking forward to future link-ups!

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    1. Happy to have you Wendy! Welcome to the link up :)

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