In November I stumbled onto the Blogher 30-day challenge. I had been trying to motivate to publish regularly on this blog and the challenge really got me moving. I did 30 days of posts – but I stopped doing everything else. I stopped updating my family blog, stalled on my youngest son’s baby book…. After November – I haven’t posted again. I also haven’t been able to get moving with my other projects that fell by the wayside. I don’t think my answer is posting every day. I am going to try twice a week and go from there.
I have a long list of things I want to do on a daily-basis that I want to be part of my routine. My brother told me that he read if you do something everyday for 30-days it becomes a habit and then easier to keep doing moving forward. With the new year, and my kids finally back to school from school vacation – here is my list of things I am going to try to do every day for 30-days – hoping they will become a habit and then I can keep them up without as much trouble.
- Daily Excersie – on busy days this can be 5-10 minutes of yoga in my house
- Daily face lotions – last summer I went to an expensive dermatology practice and spent a ton on a face regime.
- Update family blog
- Drink water
- 52-week declutter project – I am following this blog which has daily decluttering and organizational projects for the whole year.
- Food logging – I use myfitnesspal.com on my phone. I know this is the only way to achieve my fitness goals.
With three boys, I think my mudroom is my favorite and most used room in the house. We bought our house from a rabbi who had an office in his house. The office has direct access from the driveway and from the garage. It is a very big room but it did not make sense for our home office. In the four years that we have lived here, my husband and I have both bought laptops. Our “home office” is now anywhere we bring our laptop. Let’s be honest, this is usually my living room couch in from of the tv. Hey, that is where I am right now! So, this big room that we will walk through from the garage would be our mudroom. When we moved in, (I have to find a before picture!) it was just an empty room with one closet. For the first two years we made do with a bench and two small bookcases. We had been planning these lockers from the beginning. My husband and I spent countless hours on pinterest and houz. We came up with our wish list and my husband made a drawing of our dream lockers. We hired an amazing carpenter and they brought our vision to life.
The top cabinets we use for hats, suntan lotion, coloring books for restaurants and anything else we want hidden away but available for quick access. The open area with the hooks we use for coats, backpacks and my purses. The bottom drawer is for gloves, hats and the boys yarmulkes they have to wear for school everyday. The open bottom section is for shoes. If we had a couple of more inches to the ceiling this part would have been good bigger. It is too short for snow boots. I still keep a small two shelf bookcase on the right wall in the mudroom for these shoes and any other extra stuff.
Two years later I am so happy with our design. No matter how many cabinets you have or systems you have in place, if everyone is not committed to keeping it organized and de-cluttered it will be just as messy as before.