New year. Fresh start.
Don’t roll your eyes at me!
I know, I know – it’s all you’re hearing. And you may already be at the breaking point…ready to smack someone on the forehead. The chatter about getting organized, healthy, setting new goals, reducing debt, mending friendships…or leaving behind the negative ones – ha! – all of it. I’m right here along side you hearing the same script.
But it’s true – this is a new year. And if you choose to start your new year by trying out new habits and setting goals, I have a simple, inexpensive way to get started on the right track.
If anyone is ready for a new year, it’s your girl. ME! In years past I’ve told you I am not a resolution person…I’m not. Still. But this year a new chapter begins so I am setting some new personal goals and really digging into some serious business targets as well!
A few months ago I shared my DIY Project Wall Manager…
You guys loved it! I love it and it’s still keeping client and company projects organized visually for me. You can read about that project in the post here, but this year I kicked off the month with a new family calendar and bucket list…
With the change we are facing in 2019, having a calendar to celebrate upcoming events is important to me. I want the kids to have something fun to see and countdown toward. So while the house is going on the market this Spring, we have a 9th birthday coming up and a TON of celebrations as my 8th grader prepares to graduate in May. There’s practices, games, holidays, spring break…and of course a countdown to summer is in order!
Beneath the calendar I added a wide open space where the kids and I can start a bucket list for the year.
This could be anything from getting ice cream one night to seeing a new movie to planning a picnic at the park with friends to donating time to a local charity…or a couple fun trips to see friends back in the South. Whatever they want to add (within reason) will bring this blank space to life…and give us something positive and fun to look forward to!
Creating this system was just as easy as the Wall Manager. But this time I snapped some photos to show you how!
WHAT YOU NEED
All you need for this project is:
HOW TO INSTRUCTIONS
To start I measured off the top and since the paper is 28″ wide, it was easy to make 7 4″ squares for the days of the week. I left a space up top to write in the year, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. Then I added rows across the page, ending up with 35 4″ squares…
Once the squares were done, I wrote the year at the top…
I then popped in the month on a post-it note…
And added post-its for each day of the month…
That’s it! Just pin it up on the wall!
Post-it’s come in all sorts of colors and sizes…my favorite part is customizing the month exactly how you want. You can see here I flagged my daughter’s 9th birthday at the end of the month in a bright colored post-it flag…
Just do what makes you happy!
Then I added a large family goal / bucket list beneath it…
You’re probably wondering about my post-it organizer. I found this incredible box at Ikea – very few dollars for this little gem…
( galvanized basket | rug | desk )
I love seeing it right next to my wall manager too. Makes me happy!
You guys know more than anyone I love to get creative with organization and keep it budget-friendly. This system really works and it costs next to nothing! The How Life Unfolds campaign saw my Wall Manager a few months ago and reached out to see if I’d be up for a tutorial / add-on to the system. I shared it with my IG community in partnership with them, but it was so popular I wanted to add the details here on the blog! I love working with companies who value quality and low-cost options – this hits to mark for both!!
I truly hope you will give this system a try if you’re in the throes of writing your 2019 goals. The visual is going to help keep you on track!
Hope you guys are having a great week! Back soon with more organizing projects!!
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Oh my gosh what a neat idea!!!
Thank you, Ellen!!
I LOVE this and as a visual learner this makes so much sense to my brain. Thank you so much for sharing Sam!
You are welcome!!
Love this!!! Going to do it. I need that box from Ikea. Did you get it recently?
So glad you love it! Please do it!
I purchased it last year. Am sure this is something they carry all the time. Such a staple!