New Year’s Resolutions

resolutionsIt’s the New Year! I hope 2014 was great for you and you’re looking forward to an even better 2015. We are here today with a few resolutions for your New Year that will help keep you (and your apartment) in good shape for all of 2015!

Think about where you want to see yourself at this time next year. For me, I want a neat apartment, to have a job, and to be happy! From that big picture, it’s important to break it down into smaller goals that you can reach each week. These little goals and resolutions will get you moving forward to your ideal 2015!

To do NOW:

  • Actually get Renter’s Insurance (just in case…and it’s not too expensive)
  • Clean your carpet
  • Make (and stick to) a budget
  • Splurge on that thing you’ve been wanting
  • Open a savings account


  • Keep your apartment clutter free
  • Explore your apartment complex and spend time outside


  • Deep clean your apartment
  • Deposit 5%-10% of your earnings to your savings account
  • Do something you LOVE
  • Try something new (a restaurant, activity or whatever you please)


Keep Stephen Covey’s matrix in mind. This was helpful for me as I planned my goals for both my apartment and for myself personally. Focus on figuring out where you want to be at the end of 2015, then make smaller steps to get you there. Try to maximize things that are Important & Urgent and cut things that aren’t Important. Once you get your goals mapped out, post them somewhere that you’ll see them every day!

Stephen Covey's Balance Matrix from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey’s Balance Matrix from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

¬†Apartment Goals– Save money to buy a new TV stand (I,NU)- Clean once a week (I,U)- Get Renter’s Insurance! (I,U)- Host friends over once every two weeks (I,NU) ¬†Personal Goals– Be intentional with time (aka waste less of it) (I,U)- Do something I love every week (I,NU)- Deposit to my savings account (I,NU)- Get my first job out of college! (I,U)

Key: I = Important, NI = Not Important, U = Urgent, NU = Not Urgent

Tell us about your goals! Need help setting some? Let me know and I’m happy to help.

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Sarah is a dog lover and advocate for conversation & laughing at your own jokes. Since finishing her college career in communications, she began working (and living) in Atlanta. After living in a few different apartments over the last few years, she's ready to share experiences. Stay tuned for adventures, tips and advice!

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