New Year’s Resolutions

That is, resolutions for my apartment.  I may add more but all I can come up with right now is 4.

1. Stop being so stir-crazy to move and put time, effort, and love into the apartment I have.
I have a very cool and unique apartment, why would I throw it away for a cookie-cutter? (The answer: the cookie cutter would probably be 10 degrees warmer.) I find myself being dissatisfied with my current place because of its poor insulation and absentee landlord–instead I need to tidy up the clutter that seems to be lurking in every corner, give the place a good thorough cleaning and make it 110% of what it can be.
And put on another sweater.

2. Make my bed every day.
I stole this idea from Young House Love, and it’s a bit unfair for me since Doug leaves for work long, long before I get up in the morning–that means I will be the one making it almost 100% of the time. But thinking about it… it’s a small price to pay to not get up at 6:15 every morning. An unpleasant chore, but one that really only takes a minute if done regularly. Here’s a bonus quote from Smart People:

Vanessa Wetherhold (Ellen Page): You should really make your bed. It sets the tone for the day.
Chuck Wetherhold (Thomas Haden Church): But, how do you know what tone I was trying to set?

3. Finish stripping the cabinets in the office.
The paint was peeling off so easily by hand at first, then it got tough, I got distracted, and now they are in quite a state. I would feel guilty passing this unfinished project onto the next tenant, so although I probably won’t invest the money to repaint them, I will definitely try to finish stripping them down to their pinky-brown base color.

4. Clean and purge my closet.
Sad to say, my winter clothes are still in a tub under the bed (I get them out as needed) but my summer clothes have not moved out of my closet. This means it gets more and more crowded with each clothing item I pull out from under the bed. Sometime before spring rolls around again (luckily in KS this means mid-April) I need to do the ole switcheroo (and in the process, purge some unwanted pieces).


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One thought on “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. I really understand a lot of these goals. One of the things I absorbed pretty quickly when I was living on my own in college was how remarkably different I felt a bedroom looked with a made bed. An unmade bed just makes any room look less organized. I also have a mate who will 100% of the time get up before I do, so I always make the bed, but honestly, it is a fair price to pay for not having to be the first one up.
    And it is definitely worth it to go through that closet and swap them out. I just did this two weeks ago (after the mini snow we go, amusingly) and it really helped a lot with the feeling of clutter in the closet. It also took off some pressure to find a set of drawers for the clothes–unlike in So Cal, I can’t wear 80% of my clothing year round. Sometimes, it’s actually really convenient to live in a place with seasons where you can have 2-3 different closets, and Storage.

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