Happy New Year!! I hope 2015 is a year full of love, laughter and good health for all of my lovely readers. Thank you so much to every single person who has visited my little blog this year. I can’t believe it’s been a year since my first post! I am so thankful for each and every visitor. I’ve had a great year sharing my little adventures with you.
I thought this would be an ideal moment to have a look back over the last year and review the changes and updates we’ve made around here. When I started this blog, part of the motivation for doing so was to encourage the realisation of so many plans that have been knocking around my brain for years. I find that life has a way of forcing us to put many of the changes we have wanted to make on the back burner and I hoped that this blog would encourage us to knuckle down and get on with it. I think it has. I’m sure we’ve made more progress this year than we have in the past. Let’s take a little look back….
It all started back in January when we decided to add some much needed storage to the children’s bedrooms and get them organised.
Later that month, we created our ‘Command Centre.’ It transformed the way we dealt with post and paper within our home and is still working its magic today. It’s definitely the update that has made the biggest difference to the amount of mess and clutter we have around our home.
In February, I tried my hand at spray painting and created a little nook in the corner of our breakfast room. It is still used by all of us on a daily basis whether it be by hubby to chat with the children while they do some crafts at the kitchen table, by me to have a quick cup of tea and make my lists for the day or by the kiddos to watch some TV after school. It’s a popular spot.
I also talked about the reward system we use with our children, the weekly planner that keeps me on top of all those ‘things to remember’ and ‘Decorating with Duck Egg‘ as we have done in our living room.
In March, I unveiled the full horror of our Garage Storage situation and told you about my plans to turn things around. I also up-cycled some boxes to use as garage storage, threw a ‘Minecraft’ birthday party for our son and created a ‘Cleaning Schedule’ to attempt to keep on-top of that never (ever, EVER) ending task!
April was a quieter month and we had some time away as a family. I shared some of our favourite things to do in the school holidays and talked about how I pack my kiddo’s clothes for a trip to avoid ‘over’ or ‘under’ packing. Two potential disasters that should of course, be avoided at all costs!
Then I got around to hanging some of our favourite Instagram prints in our ‘Instagram Gallery Stairwell’ which still brings a smile to my face on a regular basis.
In June, our daughter went away on her first school camp and I switched things up in her bedroom while she was gone to surprise her.
Then we had a lovely early summer ‘Garden Gathering’
which made us realise we needed to get ‘Grafting’ out there to spruce things up.
I also decided I needed to be more prepared for days out and created a little summer car-kit to make sure we didn’t get caught out on our trips.
I got uncharacteristically mushy in July and talked about my plans to carve out more quality time with my loved ones. We then threw a very girly birthday bash for our daughter and I ran my first ever give-away.
I finished the month off by tackling a serious clutter issue in the birthday-girl’s bedroom.
August saw us head off on our American adventure which I told you all about in two posts, one focussing on our time in New York and the other on our time chilling on the beautiful island of Hilton Head. I also made a little update to our Command Centre using stationery finds purchased in the US.
It was all hands back on deck in September and a busy month at work meant a quiet one on the blog but I did find time to make a quick update to some cheap IKEA magazine files to help us deal with all those brochures, catalogues and ‘works of art’ that needed a home.
In October, we had a big cupboard clear out in our son’s bedroom and got him organised for the new school year.
I also talked about ‘Decorating with Grey’ as we have done in our kitchen and shared my top ten tips for entertaining at home. I finished the month off by talking about Christmas preparations and shared my Christmas Gift list printable as well as my favourite apps to help get organised for the festive season.
I also talked about plans for a Gallery Wall and looked at some inspiring examples.
December was a month of poorly people around these parts (mostly me!) and it was all I could do to get things ready for Christmas but I did pop in to wish you all a Happy Christmas and share a few of our festive decorations as well as some cute Christmas cards we just about managed to whip up.
Whew! We really did get stuff done! Looking back at all that has made me feel a little bit proud of myself and very slightly better about the fact that I achieved virtually none of my 2014 goals! Oops! Must do better in 2015!
The most amazing thing of all to me this year is that people are actually reading my ramblings! I am so loving writing and sharing and painting and planning and clearing and cleaning and I can’t wait to do more of it this year! Here’s hoping you all stick with me!! Thank you again for reading, it means the world! xoxo