Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Goals for 2011

Some goals from the Greenhab family for the new year~

1. Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.

We've slipped on this quite a bit over the past year or so, shopping more than we should and replacing things that could probably last longer or be repaired.

2. Buy nothing new from January - June, 2011.

More on this later, but we've made the decision to join back up with The Compact.

3. Balance the Greenhab budget.
See #1 and #2 above. Too much spending and not enough "do without" = an unbalanced, unsustainable budget. This has got to be fixed.

4. Re-unsubscribe from junk mailings.
A few years ago I managed to get us unsubscribed from all the junk mail we were receiving, but I've noticed it starting to trickle back in over the past 6 months.

5. Declutter my inbox.
I don't know about you, but I get a lot of junk email. Stores, restaurants, newsletters, coupon sites, mailing lists galore. I don't want junk mail in my mail box, so why continue receiving it in my inbox? I hope to save time hitting the delete button in 2011 by spending a little time hitting the unsubscribe button.

6. Declutter my home.
We have a lot of stuff. That's about all I can say.

7. Grow more in my garden.
We're learning how to garden in the mountains. Last year was better than the year before. Hopefully this year will be more pun intended.

8. Decrease my electric bill.
We just purchased a wood burning fireplace insert to use instead of our electric baseboard heaters. Our highest heating bill last winter was $650, so something had to be done. We also need to caulk around all of our windows and look into insulation options. (Balancing the budget will unfortunately figure into the improvements we can make.)

9. Worry less about order in my home and more about having fun with my children.
I hate to admit that I spend more time saying "Just a minute, I'm {cleaning, doing dishes, folding laundry}." than I spend saying "Sure, let's play!" This is sure to be a hard one for me because a) I feel like our house is always a disaster and b) I can't relax and have fun when I'm surrounded by complete chaos.

10. Try more new recipes.
Healthy recipes, raw recipes, meatless recipes, seasonal recipes...things I can be confident feeding my family. We made lots of progress in this area in 2010. I started cooking from scratch more, eating less canned and boxed foods, and eating more organics, but I'd like to continue greening our food.

I'm sure that we'll have more to add to this list as the year goes on, but these are the biggies for now.

What are your goals for the new year?


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panamamama said...

What a great list! I've started on a few of these in the past month, trying to declutter and re-unsubscribing trying to get rid of my junk mail problem. (Why don't they listen?) And I'm going to do #3. I don't do enough of that. I would love to hear more about #2. Keep us posted!

Anne said...

Wow, your list of goals is inspiring! I need to put more thought into my 2011 goals. A big area of change for my family is food--my youngest son was recently diagnosed with 8 food allergies. I'm afraid my grocery bill will be astronomical while I figure out what to feed everyone. UGH! Where are you with your kids' diets? I know at one point you were trying different things with your son--any updates?

Zoo Mommy said...

Great goals! We have some of the same... I may post that old quote "make it do..." somewhere to remind us. And now that my hubby is missing so many dinners I need to go back to cooking more than one meal at a time so that we are eating healthy even without him.

lovelyai said...

I have very similar goals, especially #5, 6, 9, and 10. #9 describes my life right now as a stay-at-home mom and how I feel about my home perfectly! If I were to put my goals in order, that right there would be #1 on my list.
BTW, I was one of the winners of the Celestial Seasonings tea giveaway. I want to THANK YOU again! I was so happy when I received them. I had a pretty bad headache today and decided to try one of the teas. I made a cup of the tangerine zinger tea. I drank it, unsweetened, and voila, my headache went away almost immediately! It was quite yummy too. Can't wait to try the others :)