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Living a Beautiful Life: January Goals

I wrote a little bit about my intention to live life more beautifully, but after posting, I realized–well, that’s all well and good, but I need concrete things to do to make that happen. I’ve decided to try implementing three things each month that will hopefully elevate my everyday without 1) being too burdensome to manage and 2) being too expensive. It would be great to have, say, custom drapes made for the sliding glass doors in our room, but that’s not practical at this moment and also not necessary. (I do have some nice “curtain upgrade on a budget” tips that I plan to post about later this year!)

Here are the three things I’d like to incorporate in January.

Clean out the junk drawer (and keep it clean): I read an article in an anthropology class in high school that analyzed the belongings of many different cultures; it was surprising to me that almost every culture with permanent homes had a “junk drawer,” or an equivalent. I’d love to clean ours out and keep it clean!

Have fresh flowers in the house at least twice a month: All right, this may not be extremely cost-effective, but Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have wonderful prices for flowers. Even if it’s something small, like a bouquet of lilies, or something that will last longer, like flowering quince branches, during the winter especially I feel like flowers are a worthwhile item to spend on.

Set up a bulletin board in the kitchen for artwork: I love getting to display all the beautiful art my toddler creates, but in the days of fridges without magnets, we’ve had to get creative, and the result is a less-cohesive display than I would like. I’m planning to find a bulletin board where we can display the beautiful works created by my toddler in a way that honors the work and creation behind them. A bulletin board above the desk in our kitchen will be perfect!

If you also are embracing the “beautiful” this year, are you setting concrete goals, or just winging it? I’d love to hear!

7 thoughts on “Living a Beautiful Life: January Goals

  1. I love this idea! It’s been a while since she’s posted about it and I’m not sure where the project lives but Emily Ley has (had) a beautiful framed bulletin board where the frames her children’s artwork. It could possibly be on her blog so I would check it out!

  2. I think it was Gretchen Rubin who equated clutter to a broken window in a building—it speaks of neglect and invites crime. That has stuck with me for years, and a 10-15 min pre-bed “declutter” has definitely improved our lives. And, yes! to buying flowers and citrus fruits in winter! And lighting candles for weeknight dinners!

    1. That was a very evocative (and inspiring in the sense that I don’t ever want to think of my home in that way!!) quote! Thank you for sharing, Paula. That will certainly stick with me as well.

      Yes, citrus fruits! My toddler loves to make juice so I will need to stock up at the store 😊 when I’m not too worried about the tablecloth being pulled from the table, I will definitely incorporate candles into our evening meals! I hope you’re enjoying the snow!!

  3. Flowers on my bedside table and lemons in my water are two of my favorite things in the world. 🙂 I keep playing with the idea of painting my front door pink. My oldest son is horrified by this idea, hahaha! I guess I’m winging it! 🙂

    I’ve always liked the Emily & Meritt Scallop Pinboard from PB Teen, have you seen that one? I just use a plain black framed pinboard for photos in my kitchen, but I have brass pineapple pushpins to make it feel more special.

    1. I need to start remembering about lemons in my bedtime water–such a simple but lovely thing! You should paint the front door pink–Middleton Pink is a less-pink-pink, and maybe your eldest won’t mind so much!

      No, I haven’t, but I will look into it! I like the idea of brass pineapple pushpins. I used to have a bulletin board at school with pushpins I made from the old metal buttons you got at the Met–wish I still had those.

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