I’ve never been a big believer in New Years Resolutions, mostly because they’re usually toast by my birthday, which is only three weeks later. (You can just mail me gifts… no need to show up in person.) However, I am a big believer in setting goals. Since lots of other people ALSO like setting goals, and New Years is as good a time as any, I figure I’ll give the Resolution thing one more try. I’m hoping that if I post it publicly and promise to write about each of them, maybe that will help. Will it work? It’s a mystery to me, but let’s find out!
Clean out the junk drawer
My wife and I have a drawer in the kitchen that is basically filled with spare change, pens, stamps, screwdrivers, receipts, scissors, flashlights, candles, and other miscellaneous junk. I think that most households have one. It would be nice if that were clean for at least a couple of days.
Remodel the living room
Ok, this is sort of a big one, and is not usually the type of goal that I set since I’m generally far more ambitious than I should be. But I’m cheating on this one. How? I’ve already started on it. I’ve torn up the carpet, painted the walls, and now I’m laying down the new floor. There are pictures. There are huge mistakes. There are trips to Home Depot. Many, many trips to Home Depot. Assuming that I finish sometime before the end of 2014, I’ll post the whole story. If I don’t finish before the end of 2014, I’ll still post the whole story, but it will probably take more than one post.
Tidy up the garage
As a result of a set of recent home projects, my garage has gone from a nice, neat workshop that shares space with two cars and a lawn mower to being a storage unit for chairs, TV stands, an old bike in need of desperate repair, three strollers, and a roll of carpet. Underneath it all is a nice workshop. Next to it, the lawn mower. In front of it, two cars. It would be nice to have that space back again.
Write up A Storage Inns of St. Louis
About a month or so ago, I put my daughter in the car and we met up with my father-in-law for a tour of several storage facilities that he runs. Before meeting my wife, and in turn her family, I knew nothing about the storage industry, and he’s been a major source of information for me over the years. Touring his facilities gave me great insight into how an independent, world-class storage company operates on a daily basis, and meeting his managers helped me understand the people who keep the industry running.
I will be including pictures of my daughter in this post. Not sure why I mentioned this, but I really love that kid, so you’re getting pictures of my daughter.
Introduce you to the OSSD team
We work hard to make sure that you can find the best possible deals on storage, and also to offer you helpful, illuminating information about storage, organization, and more. So, who are these OSSD folks, you might ask? Matt, Stacy, Mindy, Howard, Brian, and myself. Plus the Sparefoot gang, of course. It seems like the time has come to meet these Stockpiling Sages, these Piling Pundits, these Lords of Large Loads.
Implement simple home organization solutions
I’ve been a homeowner for nearly five years, and I’ve been in my current house going on two years, and I’m just now starting to really figure out simple tricks to keep things convenient, organized, and out of sight. I want to keep finding new ways to simplify and enrich my homelife by changing little things.
Write a book
I love to write and I’ve always wanted to write a book. I started working on one over Thanksgiving, and I want to get it to the point where I can start looking to get it published. It’s nonfiction, it’s historical, it’s totally nerdy, and I’m not sharing anything more than that. Watch this space.
Write something crazy every month
I love sharing information about storage and organization and blah blah. But I also really like writing more ridiculous pieces. Writing about my experience finding a renter on Craigslist was a real highlight for me, as was coming up with the most absurd baby gifts for the royal family.
These seem reasonable, right? I think so. I hope so. To keep myself honest, I’ll be posting regularly about my progress. Eight items. Twelve months. Two of them already underway. Regardless, on behalf of the OSSD team, I want to wish each of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!