Looking back to look forward: My 2014 goal report

I don’t know why new year’s resolutions are everyone’s red-headed stepchild — you’re either prone to goal-making, or you’re not; you’re either going to be serious about setting goals and sticking to them, or you’re not; you either think the whole process is worthwhile, or you don’t. But there’s nothing wrong with the start of a new calendar year to make you feel energized and refreshed and ready to tackle some projects. If goal-setting is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Before laying out my 2015 goals, it’s time to take a look at what I accomplished in 2014. Below are the goals I laid out on my blog a year ago. Some were met, some weren’t, plus a lot of projects and life happenings came up in between. I wouldn’t expect 2015 to be any different.

Annual household chore system | The Sensible Home

“Finally implementing my tickler system of home maintenance. It’s an annual chore calendar that breaks down all the mundane tasks of housekeeping to make them more manageable and less frustrating. I’ve spent a lot of time creating it, organizing it, and admiring my color-coded index cards…but not actually following it. That changes now.”

Status: DONE. Yahoo! This has seriously been huge for my sanity. Not because the house is spotless and I’m constantly up-to-date on chores — far from it, especially in the latter quarter of 2014 — but because I know there’s a system that I can jump back in to, and that every chore has a date instead of them popping into my brain at all hours as something that I can’t forget. It’s also still going strong after a year of use, which to me equals a win.

luggage storage closet

“Fixing the craziness that is our luggage/handbag closet — and saying buh-bye to its 1950s Pepto-pink carpet.”

Status: Started. I managed to empty the closet, organize all the bags, get rid of the ones that were damaged/never used, and clean them all. We also purchased self-stick laminate tile to put down in place of the rad carpet. Actually building a wooden cubby system and replacing the flooring? Hasn’t happened yet. While it’s an easy project, it’s also one that won’t be seen by anyone but us and thus slipped down the priority list.


“Converting our pantry into a walk-in one by extending it into an unused closet space. Yes, that means we’ll be wielding crowbars. Get excited.”

Status: Not started. Lots of discussions, measuring, more discussions, Pinterest searching, etc., but no actual movement here. Probably because we’ve come to the (sane) conclusion that this project should involve a professional, since it requires knocking down one wall and sealing up another. But one day, my friends.

vera bradley kindle cover goodreads

“Less random Internet browsing, more actual book reading. You can follow me on Goodreads to see what’s on my list (and whether I’d share it or pitch it).”

Status: DONE. I managed to get back in the habit of spending half an hour most nights reading, especially before bed, and opted for book time during some lunch hours as well. I got through quite a few books and the routine has helped me fall asleep faster, too. I’m still active on Goodreads as I slowly make my way through my ever-growing to-read list. Here’s what I finished this year:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster
The One and Only by Emily Giffin
The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
Totlandia: The Onesies series by Josie Brown (currently finishing the fourth and final book)

Go, Dog. Go! Puppy Birthday Party | The Sensible Home

“And, [Murphy dog] turns five years old in a few weeks! Which calls for a party, natch.”

Status: DONE. You can read all the details about our Go, Dog. Go! themed doggie birthday party HERE. We’ll still celebrate his sixth birthday this year, but a bit more mildly. But who can resist whipping up a peanut-butter puppy cake??

Not too shabby — I clearly need to set tougher goals for 2015 ;). How did everyone else fare?


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