Setting Goals: Using What I Have

At the start of every new year people make resolutions and have motivation to succeed at least for a day or two. Maybe even a week or a month. My personal resolutions usually involve losing weight or getting in shape, etc. Blah blah blah. Well, this year, I'm not going there. Not that I don't need to do those things. But I just don't want to announce it publicly. So if I chow down on leftover Christmas cookies, or the bottomless fries at Red Robin from time to time, I will not be judged or reminded of my failure. Just being real.

One of my goals this year is to UWIH. Use What I Have. For example, I have a ton of hand lotion. Why does one need more than one bottle of hand lotion at a time? Well, I don't anyway. So this year, I am not going to purchase any hand lotion until I UWIH down to the last drop. This picture does not include the lotions I have in my purse and my car. It's just taking up space.

I also have more perfume/body spray than I need. Mostly gifts. I admit - I have perfume that I got in high school from a high school boyfriend. Probably should throw that out. Does perfume expire? Anyway, I don't wear it much - or not often enough according to Mr. Helpful. But maybe I should. I have it. Just sitting in a basket in my bathroom closet. Why not? If I'm not going to wear it, I need to get rid of it.

Cleaning supplies is another area where I aspire to UWIH. So instead of buying a new scent of bathroom cleaner, I am going to use up the Costco size Comet I have in my stock of cleaning agents. I have a ton of Windex - we bought a big refill bottle probably 5 years ago. Guess I need to wash my windows more often. Oh how I wish this picture was all I had. But there is about that much under my kitchen sink as well. And more in the mudroom closet. And the hall closet.

The big one for me is knitting, sewing, and crafting supplies. You can never have too much, right? But if I don't use it, it's just sitting there. I really enjoy doing those things! I'm not trying to start a collection of yarn. I've bought yarn over the years with good intentions but very little time. Again, I have more yarn in another basket downstairs. And more in my knitting bag. Ugh, this isĀ embarrassing.

With that said, I'm going to pick up my knitting needles and start. Something. Probably a dish cloth, because they are easy and functional and make nice gifts.

I am going to attempt to update you monthly on my progress. Hopefully my stash of lotion, perfume, cleaning products, and yarn will decrease, creating more space and less clutter. Use. Purge. Simplify. Succeed. Who's with me?!


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  1. Jean says:

    I am there... knitting hats to donate! Also knitting 5x6 squares for a charity project. Quick and easy way to use leftover yarn.

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »