We're nearly a quarter of the way into 2011! Where does the time go?! My one little word for the year is simplify.
Studio Calico OLW challenge by Davinie Fiero
Some of my favorite ways this word is influencing me this year? The less is more philosophy has helped us to streamline a variety of things, from our purchases to our mealplans. We found a super-useful (and free!) online system for keeping track of our budget and savings goals. And we're meal planning with easier recipes, two weeks at a time. That planning time up-front equals less grocery trips, less obsessing over what to make at the last minute, and less time spent on preparing food. Love it!
We still have other changes in mind, like cleaning out our ca-raaaazy basement. And I'd love to change up our cleaning routine with simple homemade cleaners (that are hopefully more ecofriendly, too!). And of course just continuing to think about what we're bringing into the house and what we're committing to. The "simplify" approach is helping us focus on needs vs wants, and on whether something is worth our time and/or money.
How are you doing with your one little word?