Less is More in 2014

If you said goodbye to 2013 with a huge sigh of relief, what are you going to do differently in 2014 to ensure it’s a better year?  Unfortunately, it doesn’t just happen….not in my experience anyway.  Certain things in life are unavoidable and major blows can often just be life dealing us a bad hand but sometimes, we are the key.

It’s time to make some changes people!
In my last post, I said there would be no big resolutions for me this year but despite trying really, really hard, I simply cannot start a new year without flirting with the idea just a little.  So here are the top 8 things I’m going to do differently in 2014 (I tried to stick to 5 but cutting out 3 just seemed cruel)….

  • Less Waste.  I am sure our family isn’t the only one who ends up throwing away uneaten food items at the end of a week, but things have gotten out of control here.  I have been known to throw away whole packets of salmon as the use by date has come and gone and the salmon still remains untouched at the back of the fridge.  I know, I know, please don’t make me feel any more guilty than I already do. So what’s the answer?  Meal planning and being more organised.  Oh and recycling in a more orderly fashion is also on my agenda for 2014.
  • More Time Outdoors.  We have a dog but most of our walks consist of nipping him up to the local field for a 40 minute stroll. Whilst this walk is sometimes a necessity, we have so many beautiful places to explore locally. Having been inspired by Charly Dove over at PODCast this year (she doesn’t live too far away from me and has taken some awesome photographs of beautiful local haunts) it’s time to put on our wellies and embrace the outdoors.
  • Less Booze.  Before you hit the panic button, I’m not a closet alcoholic or anything but I do enjoy a glass of wine….most evenings of the week in fact.  Not only is this a very expensive habit, it’s probably not good for my health. I am intrigued to see how difficult it is, to avoid alcohol for a whole month (told you I love a challenge!) so a small group of us on Twitter have committed to going dry for January and will be supporting each other throughout what is ordinarily a very dull month and now has the potential to be even duller! If you’re doing it too, why not tweet me and we can be (not so) Fun Bobbies together :)
Less of this in 2014!
    • More Photographs.  You *may* have noticed, that photography is a love of mine but sadly not a skill.  I take photographs every single day of the week; they are rarely good ones but do capture the spirit of my children and a moment in time that is worth recording. This year I resolve to do better with my photography – go on a course and acquire a proper, digital SLR camera.  I have also decided to join in a blogging linky called Project 365, which originates over at The Boy and Me. The idea is to take one photo per day, creating a montage every Saturday and I can’t wait to start!   
    • Less Clutter.  As I got our home ready for Christmas this year, I realised just how much clutter we manage to acquire over 365 days.  Most of these ‘bits and bobs’ seem to reside in the understairs cupboard or the loft, reserved for that elusive ‘rainy day’. No more!  This week the OH made a momentous trip to the local tip and we have decided that this needs to be a quarterly occurrence not an annual one.  Obviously if the item is worth giving away on Freecycle, then I will make sure it goes to another home. Either way, this will be my mantra for 2014….

     

    PS This does not apply to people or pets.
    • More Adventures.  Being in my 43rd year (yes, I know it’s hard to believe) I am well aware that the ageing process is working against me.  In 2013, I made a concerted effort to join in with the antics of my children and throw caution to the wind.  I predict more risk-taking in 2014!
    • Less Ironing.  As I spent half of New Year’s Day, making my way to the bottom of the ironing pile, I made a momentous decision – half of this stuff does not need ironing! Pillowcases? School shirts? Jeans? Let’s be honest, by the time the kids have chucked them in the bottom of the drawer, they look worse than they did before the iron had been over them. Why waste the time?
    • More Reading. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time reading other people’s blogs, especially with my commitment to Friday Favourites.  I don’t intend to stop doing this but I do plan to read more proper books – ones with pages and everything!  First up is one that has been on my bucket list for a while and I’m pleased to say the OH took my (not so) subtle hints, and gave it to me for Christmas - Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown (see no. 6!).
      So that’s what my 2014 looks like.  What are you going to change in 2014?

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      46 Comments

      1. I am definitely for the less Ironing part! :D Our year will include more laughter, more travel and even more photography I am imagining! Happy 2014 :)

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      2. Less ironing more reading is a lifelong motto for me! We’re trying to declutter too, fingers crossed we can do it because otherwise our house might explode in a shower of small pink plastic!

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      3. Some good resolutions there! I don’t ever make them, apart from a quiet mental note to myself to try to be happy. I also made a little mental note to myself to read more books! I read about half as many last year than the year before because I spend so much time reading blogs! As you know I already don’t drink, I’m good at recycling, although do throw away slightly more food than I should and I NEVER do ironing!
        Happy new year to you and good luck with the resolutions! X

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      4. Excellent resolutions there. I love the more adventures and less ironing. I’m always looking to book my next trip out somewhere. I am rubbish with getting outdoors locally though. We were better last year so think we need to keep it up a bit.

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      5. Love the LEss theme – I would go for ‘less rubbish’ and more recycling – I’m a bit lazy at putting the right thing in the right bin I’m afraid!

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      6. I agree with you on the ironing point, I only iron when it needs to be worn otherwise, it’s quiet nice to go out in a warm shirt in the depths of winter!!

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      7. Some brilliant resolutions there – I’d echo many of them. I’m going to try the 365 project this year, too – hoping I can remember to do it every day! x

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      8. Can I borrow your list please?! These are things my family need to address, other than the ironing, I don’t ‘do’ ironing, unless it’s for a sewing project!

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      9. I totally need to declutter and have less stuff too! sometimes less definitely is more

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      10. Oh I’m with you on the meal planning front, def need to do that. I already do the less ironing :) and as for photos, I need to take less not more – I love them a little too much! I’ve promised myself I’ll only keep the very best ones… and I also need to learn how to use our camera! Happy 2014 to you x

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      11. You made a point that I didn’t think of – more photographs! Since the birth of our second son, we seem to be missing out on taking pictures of all of his milestones! I think I might add that in with my goals!

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      12. That’s a great list- you’re going to have a lovely year. I’m going to try and be more adventurous with activities for the kids, and also try to stop getting anxious about the small stuff. X

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      13. Lol. I highly recommend meal planning… It’s honestly saved me a fortune! Think I need to jump in on the old “less waste” front though. Fab list – thanks for linking up to #SavouringtheSeason

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      14. We don’t waste much food now where we live – but the accumulation of ‘stuff’ now that I can relate too. When we moved here and left our stiff in storage I was convinced we’d stay light on… 7 months later an the apartment is heaving with bits and bobs. It’s s hard, I’ll wait to see how you do it and learn from you.

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      15. I’m so with you on the more reading thing, something I defo need to do in 2014! x

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      16. I have to admit, I don’t iron anything… So you can certainly sacrifice a little ironing time in 2014 :) #PoCoLo

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      17. I’m so with you with the less waste – we throw out too much too and I feel so bad about it…I definitely need to start planning better and I think I’m going to try and start doing smaller shops more regularly than the big shop, I think that will help. Great list!

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      18. Good luck with the photo a day! I am going to do the 52 week project starting this week and i cannot wait to see what photos i end up with :) x

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      19. Great idea, I’m with you on the dry January, I’m also with you on the declutter, I made as tart on one wardrobe and have one black sack Full To The Brim already.
        Reading I try every year and only manage to read properly when I’m on holiday adn I’m really trying to improve my photography too.
        Best of luck!

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      20. Re: getting outdoors more, when I’m well Stella & I enjoy geocaching. Have you heard of it?

        A good list, good luck :) #pocolo

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      21. Our resolutions are very similar. I do way too much ironing, even doing face cloths. I will break this cycle!

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      22. I think you have some really good and very achievable resolutions. I am definitely going for the big declutter before we move in October!

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      23. I can totally appreciate all of these, especially the less waste one. We have two children in nappies and it’s killing me to see how full our bins are, definitely need to get back on the reusable nappy train.

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      24. oooo I’m writing mine at the mo. You really made me lol with the “this doesn’t apply to people or pets!” My sister taught me how to fold straight from a tumble dryer and it works wonders – except for shirts. The less waste will help with the blue bin bag issue ;-) Maybe meet my blogging friend in Wokingham for a non alcoholic drink more often should go on my list xx

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      25. My resolutions are quite similar to yours, with the exception of the one about ironing – I NEVER iron! One of these days/years, I’ll resolve to occasionally iron something. Not this year though – 2014’s going to be too exciting for that, I think! Great post :-)

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      26. Those are some really great New Years Resolutions… we could deffo do with less food waste in this house!, it sickens me when we have to chuck food out :( #pocolo x

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      27. That is a great list!! I’m all for less ironing!! lol x

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      28. You’ve got some great aims there for 2014. I love the less ironing one, I hate ironing!! Might adopt that one :-) Happy New Year to you and your family #PoCoLo

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      29. I plan to make life more enjoyable for the whole family, but in a healthy way :) I think that less ironing, decluttering and more time outdoors, more adventures and more reading definitely fit into that :) Hope it goes well xx

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      30. So many inspiring things on this list. Reading more is one of my aspirations too. I have it every year…and fail! Aside from online news and blogs I don’t seem to be able to find the time to read. I love the less ironing resolution too. Completely agree. Happy New Year – and good luck!

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      31. Wahey, so you got Brene’s book, the hints worked!! Its a different cover to mine, but must be the same. I think you’ll love it (tip: watch the TED podcasts first and you’ll get the gist very quickly then skip to the Parenting section!). I’m attempting the Dry January too, so add me in your twitter buddies as its going to be HARD!! And I’m wanting to read more too. Crikey, keeping up with blogging and reading ain’t easy. Lets see how we get on. Fancy starting an on-line reading book club?

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      32. I haven’t been as specific as you, but I’m also adopting a less is more/decluttering approach. I’m starting a new, bigger job next week, the three kids demand more and more attention and I’m constantly snowed under by the demands of running three blogs and contributing to another. Something has to give – preferably not my sanity and I don’t want to short-change my family or the new job. So I’ll be focussing on simplifying my blogging life for the next few weeks – post less and stop being so worried about being on every social media channel available.

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      33. I love that – I’m trying to change quite a bit this year but my main thing is to be more organised x x

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      34. Oh my gosh, food waste is a MASSIVE issue in our house and something that I really hope to crack down on this year. We also need to have more adventures and spend more time outdoors, which will be even more fun with a new family member in tow!

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      35. Less ironing, I’m with you on that one. I’ve made it a policy to only iron 5 days worth of clothes a week. That means we start the week days looking presentable. Any changes of clothes or extras are normally towards the end of the day at home anyway, so who cares if they are creased? Good luck. xx

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      36. Quite inspired by this post. Especially More Time Outdoors – def need to do that one. Don’t think I could do less ironing though. It only gets an outing for about 5 minutes a day :D

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      37. Sounds like 2o14 will be a good year, I got tough on waste last year and I’m loving not chucking out food. Mich x

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      38. More planning, less clutter and more reading – I am IN!! Great post :) Thanks for supporting PoCoLo lovely x

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      39. very similar to mine! less clutter, less waste (start a compost bin!), more real books, more time outside! Great list :)

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      40. Wow!!!! And good luck with the no alcohol rule for January. You could always take a leaf from my teen daughters’ book & iron absolutely nothing!!! Here’s to a happy, healthy & clutter free new year!

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      41. Wow, thank you all for so many comments! I really hope that your encouragement will be the thing I need to see this year through! Of course now that I’ve written it on the blog….I have no choice! x

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      42. I could have written many of these! I want to start meal planning too, improving my photography and resolve to reduce ironing. All the best for the year ahead!

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      43. Less clutter! Yes I definitely need help there! I started a little yesterday. Thank you for linking up with Motivational Monday

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      44. I love the idea of less is more for this year, less clutter, less waste and more organised is what I’m hoping for too! Wonder how you’re doing now and did you achieve dry January, it has taken me this long to get organised enough to visit everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR xx

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