2014 was a year full of changes for us, having moved house at the start of the year and me leaving work to be a stay-at-home dad in the middle of the year. However all this change meant that we spent a lot of time finding our feet and not necessarily getting much done. 2015 is the year to put that right.
As a starting point we grabbed some rare quiet minutes to think about what we wanted to achieve. We quickly realised we had three lists – goals for the house, goals for Tilly and goals for us.
Given the lack of progress made on the house during our first year in it and that Tilly’s needs will always take top priority, we decided to focus on how we would get out home shipshape.
We started out by jotting down ideas, initially thinking of something each week but by the time we were down we nearly had two jobs per month. This felt like a manageable target. The list comprises jobs from big to small, some might just take an hour here or there, while the many rooms still needing painting will likely need a couple of days each.
This, in a way, is our new year’s resolution. There’s no good-intentioned but inevitably ill-fated attempt to join a gym (perish the thought). Instead we’ve set ourselves a challenging to-do list that will be pinned to the wall for the year. We’ll be monitoring it as the months pass to keep an eye on our progress. If we manage most of it, we’ll have a comfortable house that we’ve really made our mark on.