2010 Goals

Spring Cleaning: Hall Closet

by GettingFreedom on April 7, 2010

Our Hall Closet is a problem area for us. I think one of the biggest problems is that I don’t really have a separate office space, so I find myself cramming my office stuff into the hall closet with everything else a hall closet holds.  Pair that with a husband who has a coat fetish (he seems to have a fear of not having enough coats/jackets), a wife with a bag obsession, children who love to craft and draw, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster!

I was so excited to see that Fishmama’s Spring Clean Along, Happy Housewife Clean Home, Fresh Start and MoneySavingMom’s Clear Out the Clutter Challenge.  All of this in addition to Amy’s Decluttering Challenge has got me all a buzz!  Apparently I’m not the only one with clutter on the mind!  So, this morning I attacked my Hall Closet full on.

I can’t even believe I’m going to show you what my hall closet looked like before–It’s atrocious!  But, I’m all about keeping it real. :)

I would have loved to have gotten rid of some more coats–but I know my husband would’ve had a fit!  I moved some of the heavier coats into our closet, just to get them out of the hall closet.  Hopefully we won’t be needing them again this year.  When he comes home, I’m going to ask him again if there are any we can get rid of.  Fingers crossed he sees my side this time. :)

This is what I got rid of, either by trash, or soon to be donated:

A total of 25 items gone!  14 of those being trash.

Here is the finished product!

Much better! The bags on top of the shelving unit are the kids’ backpacks.  Now, how long will it stay like this? ;)

Check out other Hall Closet/Living Room makeovers over at Money Saving Mom.


Another 2010 Goal Update

by GettingFreedom on April 6, 2010

I was making up another Monthly Cash Flow plan in my budget notebook, and plugging numbers away in my Loan Amortization chart when I realized that I hadn’t done a goal update in a while. (If that doesn’t make me sound like a number geek, I’m not sure what would. ;))

2010 has been a pretty good year so far, but it hasn’t been without it’s ups and downs.  My van is in need of some repair, the final amount is still unknown, and one of the horses decided to tear down part of our fence in order to get to my husband who was riding the other horse.  I cringe at the thought of how much that is going to set us back. But, I’m pretty sure that I have enough in my debt snowball to cover both of these expenses–it just means that our final debt may not be paid off in April as we had originally hoped.  Oh well.  Praise God we do not have to go even further in debt to pay for these expenses!


  • Read the Word more often. I have been in a crummy mood the last few weeks, so I’ve found myself reading the same scriptures over and over.  It’s helping, although there is still room for improvement on both accounts.


  • Like I mentioned, I’m not sure that our truck will be paid off in April as originally planned. Our current debt is $2560.52 which is down from $7522.74 in February (We started out at OVER $36,000 in September of 2007!)
  • Save additional funds for our first ever family vacation to Florida in May. Progressing. :)  Hard to believe that trip is next month!!


  • I’ve given the kids a whole new set of responsibilities, and we are all loving it!  They are really helping me out!
  • Get Rid of Clutter. I’m doing fairly well, but I still have a long way to go.  Construction on our home should be starting this month–so I really need to kick it into gear!

Gardening/Food Storage

  • I have started my seeds, but my little rodent friend from last year is back. :(  Not sure what we will end up with in the end.
  • Continue to involve the children in the kitchen. Some of the tasks that I’ve added for the kids include helping me with various things in the kitchen. I think this is their favorite part about their new responsibilities.
  • We purchased a quarter beef from a friend, so our meat storage is right where I wanted it to be.


  • I have read  a few books–but not as many as I had hoped.

How are you doing on your goals?

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February Decluttering

March 3, 2010

I kicked into high decluttering gear for the month of February!  While I still fell a bit short of the average of 2 items per day, I’m still overjoyed at what I did get rid of.  This month I am hoping to continue to tackle the children’s rooms, which seem to be a breeding ground […]

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2010 Goals Update

February 18, 2010

It has been waaayyyy too long since I have checked on the progress of my 2010 Goals.  Life has been crazy busy around here, and I just haven’ t thought a whole lot about it.  But, it’s time!  The whole purpose of me setting these goals and posting about them, was so that I would […]

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De-cluttering Challenge

February 2, 2010

My home has been in dire need of a decluttering for a while now.  When I seen Amy’s goal for the year of getting rid of 730 things this year, I knew I had to hop on board.  For the month of January, I was still fighting off the first trimester exhaustion, so I got […]

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Managing Children’s Artwork

January 6, 2010

As a mother of 3 artistic children, I end up with quite a stack of artwork. There is always something unique about every piece, they’ve learned to draw something new, or they’ve taken a little extra time coloring it. I find it hard to get rid of their precious artwork, so I end up saving […]

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2010 Goals

January 1, 2010

We made it another year! 2009 ended up being a pretty good year for us overall. I haven’t had a chance to do a recap of our 2009 goals yet, but I should have that posted next week sometime. Having a specific list of goals to concentrate really helped us to stay on track and […]

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