In a previous post, I compared moving to traveling. Never before have those words seemed more true than this move. We were first supposed to move in November, then December, then February and now it’s officially the first week of March that we will get to put our things in the new house. All of the movers and installers have been hired. But the crazy thing is that the move now coincides with a bunch of trips. In the process, I am trying to organize and purge every closet, drawer and nook in this house. To keep myself organized, I have packed my suitcase for my trip to Cabo next week (this is way early for me) and for our spring break trip to Deer Valley, just 1 day after our items are placed in our new home (all of our ski apparel is now in our suitcases, ready to go!). I haven’t even mentioned that both of my children have school trips in between that time, and that we are going to the beach immediately following Deer Valley. My head is spinning.
I took a short hiatus from blogging and even posting to Instagram because I felt guilty knowing I needed to get my house organized for the move. I’m one of those people that gets energized by waiting until the last minute. Or maybe it’s just that I am older now and I much prefer just lounging around with my family. My husband has been teasing that I am expecting that we are all going to be “different people” when we move to the new house. I’ve been caught saying things such as , “When we move to the new house…
–I am going to cook more.
–we are going to eat healthy.
–everything will have it’s place
–there won’t be as much clutter
–I’m not going to put up with a messy room
–we are all going to be neater, tidier, etc., etc., etc…
Fill in the blank, the new house is going to transform us, magically. It has certainly been a great excuse to be super-messy and disorganized in this house and for ordering take-out.
It was also a great excuse to put off new year’s resolutions. But since the actual move has alluded us, I have started a few of my resolutions early:
1. Create a healthier me and family: Never has a refrigerator been so inspiring as Yolanda Hadid’s (formerly Yolanda Foster) beautiful and clear-doored refrigerator. I decided a while ago I want to get my food from the refrigerator and not a pantry. So in the new house, I’ve dedicated more space to refrigeration than to dry goods. Strangely, my pantry is small (I used to dream of a big walk-in pantry and a well-lit storage area). But wanting to keep everything within easy reach, I put a small pantry in my kitchen and added more refrigeration and freezer space. Besides, no one, not my husband, architect, or interior designer would agree to a glass-fronted refrigerator. They must know something about me that needs improvement : ) While I am waiting to move, I’ve been heading to the grocery store more and cooking. It’s been a great excuse to use up what I have in the pantry and the freezer, supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Be more organized: This goes a long with being healthier. I want to cook at home more and planning those meals and trips to the grocery store becomes easier if everything is in it’s place. I have been purging this house on a daily basis. I am trying to pare down to only what I truly need, use, and love. Does it spark joy? I haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book, but that phrase alone has had me going through closets and drawers multiple times. Donations are almost a daily event right now, and I hope our material things “spark joy” for someone else.
3. Detox from my smart phone. I can’t even believe I typed those words. I love my smartphone. I love being connected. But I want to be present for my family and friends. So, I am committing to this:
– Check my phone in the morning one time before taking the kids to school to make sure there aren’t any last minute updates.
-Alway keep my phone in my purse while I am in the car, unless I am using the audio on WAYZ for directions. I want to model good behavior for my kids.
– Only check my phone 1 X per hour or less, and then only use it for less than 5 minutes.
– I will be done with my phone for the night by 9PM (that is the same for my children). I will put it in airplane mode and forget about it until I wake up.
The only exception to this is when I know my children are going to be in touch and when I am traveling, as I love my iPhone camera. But I do have my new Nikon D750 and hope to use that more.
4. Finally, I would like to give more time to my family, friends, and those in need: It is my hope with less material clutter and less smart phone distraction, all of us can spend more time together. “Food means love” is one of my favorite sayings that my mother-in-law said to me many years ago, and mealtimes with friends and family are a priority for me. (Whenever I plan a vacation or trip, I always start with meals). I also hope to spend more time helping others in 2016 as volunteering was a big part of my life before children. I want to do more for others this year.
These “resolutions” are all inter-related, so hopefully it will be easier to accomplish and transform myself. #Goals, right?
I hope my next blog will be written in lovely Cabo! This is my first visit to Cabo and I am so excited.
Until then, happy travels and a continued sweet ’16!