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May’s mini goals

Posted by on Friday 6 May 2011 in meta | 4 comments

I’ve noticed a few fantastic bloggers set themselves mini monthly goals in addition to their bigger year/multi-year ones and for the first time, I’ve got some tiny frugal/simple living goals I’d like to do too in addition to my 2011 ones. This is more of a to-do list for me than for anyone else really but advice/tips are always gratefully received :)

1. Clean & replace the sealant on the office windows & door. And check the opening window and door’s insulation is fine while I’m at it.

2. Pressure clean the chicken coop inside and out. Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while to get rid of the green-ness and other grime.

3. Sort through the kitchen cupboards. Been meaning to do this for a while but Shoestring Alley’s recent experience of doing it has spurred me on. I’m going to use my findings to influence near-future meal plans and a possible an “eat only from the pantry/garden” week next month.

4. Buy/find and fit a long (retractable) washing line. I’ve got one of those rotating ones which is great and I will continue to use most of the time, but a long straight line would be better for big bedding. I think I have some line somewhere from putting up our little line in the old house so will use that if I can find it. I’d like it to be retractable (either by design or manually wound around a hook) if possible too.

5. Get a better mobile phone deal My contract is up next month – it’s pretty cheap and is a decent deal already but I think I can get a better one. It’ll also be a chance to stretch out of my comfort zone by having to barter/negotiate with someone — I hate doing that.

Have you got any mini goals for this month?


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  1. Lynsey aka Swirlyarts

    How spooky – when I was putting away the shopping the other day I realised that we probably have enough food in the freezer and cupboards (bar some veg, fruit, bread and some stuff for the girls lunches) that would last us for at least two weeks. I was thinking about ‘shopping from the pantry’ for at least one week in the future. Hmmmm – I see a challenge coming up :)

  2. Shoestring

    I love the sound of the ‘eat from the pantry/garden’ week! Have just had a good stock up (will probably do a post tomorrow). Am hyper motivated at the moment…

  3. Layla @ A Green and Simple Life

    My first mini goal is to change ISP – I’m really fed up with the one I’ve got as they have been really unhelpful with some problems I’ve had over the last few months.

    Then, when I had a major problem I could only speak to an Indian call centre who tried their best to help but I couldn’t understand their accents and they couldn’t understand mine, which made for some very long and frustrating phone conversations over many days.

    However they’ve done me afvaour really because I have chosen Plusnet and can get a slightly better deal than I currently have. (Although I was disappointed to discover that we are connected to an old type exchange and so cannot get any cheap broadband offers)

    My second mini goal is to wash all the cushion covers, and settee and armchair loose covers – lets hope the lovely weather hold up longenough for me to dry them outside!

  4. louisa

    Lynsey & Shoestring – ooh, yes, we should all do a week and swap storecupboard recipe ideas :)

    Layla – we’ve, thankfully, not had many problems with our ISP recently – but sounds like it’s, hopefully, been a blessing in disguise for you.

    I might steal your second mini goal idea – I think both our living room and office sofas could do with freshening up, bloomin’ stinky dog – so I’ll join you in hoping for good weather again!

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