I am sure we hear ourselves say this at the start of every year. If I think back about the start of last year, I wasn’t thinking goals, challenges, resolutions etc. I was focused on one massive continent move. We celebrated Christmas, went away to the Countryside with friends for a couple of days over New Years, had a whale of a time and kept everything as normal as possible until that little trip was over…. and then, the big pack up begun. Everything after that was a bit of a blur and I certainly was not focused on the year ahead, other than surviving the next couple of months. Last year for me was about getting through lots of “news”. New town, new home, new schools, new people, new absolutely everything. So whilst I did a bit of a spring clean when we packed up in London, I also held onto a lot in case I needed it. After having been back in SA for 11 months now I am starting to realise what is needed and what is going to stay and what is going to go. I have worn about 5% of my wardrobe in the past year, which for me is really sad but the new climate and much more casual style here means I simply cannot wear closed shoes, high heels or coats and wooly jumpers for many days of the year. On the interior front, our rooms now are a lot more spacious than we had before so things like rugs and tables and decorative stuff all feel rather puny in the larger space and rugs are not filling the areas as they should.
Having said all of the above my goals for this year are about slowly fixing everything to suit our new lifestyle. We have survived the past year, now we need to thrive! Im quite an impulsive person and sometimes a little hasty, so when I get a bee in my bonnet or the slightest inkling of a “go ahead” from my husband, Im on to it. I currently have the flooring guys in, ripping up carpets and sanding parquet and wooden flooring (we’ve only been home for 3 days after a month away). Once that is done, I will move onto the next phase of this project. Slowly but surely we will start to renovate and redecorate our home, but first we need to have a proper plan in place (which we are still working on). The other goal this year is to not buy a thing! Other than the necessities of course. There are always those: “this is the best lamp I have ever seen and there will never be another one like it” (how many times have we heard ourselves say that and a couple of months down the line…!?!). I want to utilise as much of my current bit and bobs as possible and make my wardrobe really work for me, discover new outfits and clear out what is not being worn. Same goes for the boys. The toys, and any home decor. This year is all about de-cluttering and then figuring out what exactly we want to replace and what we need once we are back to a minimal of everything. I want a blank canvas to work with for the next phase.
Here are a couple of inspirational pics of those perfect spaces I would like to create, from bathroom to living to utility.
Bathroom Organisation – order and colour co-ordination
Make- Up, Accessories & Sunglasses. I seem to get a lot more of it all every year (clearly the older I get the more I need although the less I actually seem to use)
Books and Clothing – you need to see them both to appreciate and use them, tucked away and unseen, they become useless and forgotten about.
Kids play – I have this exact kiddies kitchen and I promise it is impossible to keep this tidy but I guess that is a sign it’s actually loved and is used regularly. As do we have this many, if not more animals but I love the way they are displayed on the shelf (that wouldn’t last either).
The perfectly set up Utility room. My lovely cleaner would kiss me if we set this up for her. She is a laundry fanatic, loves it and takes great care in washing and retaining clothing colour and shape (we have a lot in common).
I will share any developments of the house and wardrobe with you here. I will also promise to disclose anything bought that is not on the necessity list on my instagram page here, you have my word (basically a name and shame of myself, hopefully this will help to refrain from purchases).
I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017 filled with so much love and adventure! And thank you so much for reading my blog.