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Goals for the First Month of the Year

Queen of Sweden The Prudent Homemaker

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January is one of the busiest months in my garden. Our winter is short and very spring-like (our first frost came December 18th and the last official frost date is February 15th) and there is much to do in January. I'll spend a great number of afternoons and every Saturday physically working outside in the winter sunshine: pruning trees, roses, and grape vines, and shoveling dirt. 


Garden Goals:

1. Prune all dormant fruit trees

2. Prune grape vines

3. Prune roses. Strip any remaining rose leaves to force rose bushes into a short dormant period.

4. Spray dormant oil (I use Neem oil, an organic spray) on trees, grape vines, roses, and hedges to kill overwintering insects and powdery mildew

5. Plant spinach seeds in the garden

6. Plant radish seeds in the garden

7. Plant lettuce seeds in the garden

8. Fertilize asparagus (with blood meal)

9. Spread new soil in the garden in areas that need it

10. Cloche seedlings in the garden with canning jars to help them to grow faster

11. Plant daffodil bulbs


Organization and Cleaning Goals:

1. Donate unused items to the thrift store

2. Make a weekly housekeeping plan (i.e. pick which room to do each day type of plan)

3. Clean refrigerator

4. Clean vacuum


Sewing Goals:

1. Mend 10 items

2. Sew sheer curtains for a bedroom

3. Finish sewing new hot pads

4. Embroider cotton webbing with children's names and sew to new bath towels


Personal Goals:

1. Lose 2 pounds

2. Take more photos

3. Watch some videos online on things I want and need to learn


What are your goals for this month?



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  • Lorna January 01, 2017

    Hello Brandy and everyone and Happy New Year to you all :) .

    Like you Brandy we have a lot of tasks in the garden to do this month too.

    Here is our goals for the month -

    Financial Goals -

    - Continue to top up home emergency cash fund.
    - Use DH's paid gardening work money to subsidise fuel this month.
    - Save up my earned craft and seed selling internet money to purchase a food dehydrator.
    - Continue to be frugal to save for our home with cash and replace funds used to purchase 2 new laptops.
    - Put away $245 at the end of each month to cover bills into our dedicated bill account and save $250 to top up emergency fund used to purchase laptops with.
    - Only use $180 of our $280 monthly grocery budget and save the other $100 to purchase bulk meat to top up the freezer.

    General household frugalities -

    - Continue to use our solar lanterns to light the home at night without turning on mains powered lights.
    - Hand water lawns and or vegetable gardens with saved grey water if this heat continues.
    - Meet all planned budgeting categories and hopefully go under.

    Home and kitchen -

    - Continue to cook all meals and bread from scratch.
    - Preserve by blanching and freezing all excess vegetable produce from the gardens.

    Garden -

    - Continue to collect leaves to mulch the vegetable gardens with instead of buying hay.
    - Save seeds from snow and telephone peas, dwarf strike green and butter beans, and continue to collect brown onions seeds off flowers on the kitchen table.
    - List saved excess vegetable seeds on Ebay to top up gardening budget and earn extra income.
    - Keep up with picking ripe vegetables from the gardens.
    - Work in the early mornings and evenings in the garden to avoid the heat of the day.
    - Continue to trench compost in between the vegetable garden rows as we have enough kitchen vegetable scraps.

    Sewing and craft -

    - Cut out and sew an A4 notebook cover, curtain tiebacks and 5 layer cotton eye masks.

    Firewood and kindling -

    - Collect all twigs from the yard under trees to add to our firewood kindling pile, I have them in piles but not yet brought them up to the veranda as yet.
    - Cut more firewood for next winter if the temperatures are below 30oc.

  • Becky January 01, 2017

    When I was reading you comment, I momentarily forgot you live in Australia and was wondering at how many veggies you were getting during the winter--enough to blanch and freeze. Then, of course, I remembered it's summer where you live! I'm glad you are getting a good garden this year.

  • Lorna January 01, 2017

    Becky yes I forgot to put hello from Australia, a bit confusing I must admit :) .

    Thank you for the encouragement too and we try and blanch and freeze all of our summer produce so we have a full freezer for the year and also to get us through the frosts here in winter too and save all our seeds so we don't have to buy any more for the year too.

  • Celeste January 01, 2017

    Happy New Year. I have to clean my garden, it was never put to bed as the children and I were sick for months. I had vegetables just rot and freeze out there. What a waste.

    My husband and I are trying something new, and I'll be shopping alone. Hopefully it will be more efficient and I'm sure I'll avoid impulse buys. The children will stay home with him.

  • Melissa January 01, 2017

    Happy New Year! I was wondering if you had any videos you could recommend to learn how to take care of fruit trees--pruning, fertilizing, water, etc. Or any videos about learning how to crochet? I'd really love to crochet my kids some blankets.

  • Amie January 02, 2017

    Youtube how to make a simple crocheted blanket. Learning to chain and single crochet is the first step for a simple blanket. Use a larger hook w thicker yarn(or use multiple strands at once.). It will not take as long. I can do simple crochet, which I started learning at 6yrs old. I like to use cotton yarn and practice by making wash cloths. Small project that is still useful.

  • Mariana January 01, 2017

    My goals for January are:
    - organize my sewing and storage area
    - prepare 3-4 recipes to have more variety of meals
    - read at least one book
    - finish reparing 3 articles of clothing (all have broken zippers)
    - watch 2-3 tutorials on Craftsy
    - no-spend January - staying on track with frugality

  • Rhonda A. January 01, 2017

    Brandy, would you share a picture of the embroidered towels once you have made them. I like to idea and I'm wondering what yours look like when completed. You do such a wonderful job at making things look so pretty and elegant. I'd love to glean more ideas from your sewing projects this year.

    Although I'm not that great at planning ahead for the month, I do have one thing that I will be working on over the next few weeks. My husband, daughter and I will be taking our first trip ever to California the last week in January to the first week in February. We will be visiting Los Angeles, then traveling up the scenic coast to San Fransisco for a few days before going back to L.A. to catch our flight out. So, over the next few weeks, I need to get everything organized and packed for the trip. This means pulling out spring/summer cloths, deciding which ones to bring (with considerations of temp fluctuations in the 2 areas) and making sure we have enough clothing for the time we are away. There are a few other items to remember to pack as well, like the soft sided coolers, so we can purchase some groceries and take lunches with us to keep our food costs low. So excited to finally see the west coast!!!

    I have already discussed with my husband that we need to refocus our efforts on savings once we are back from the trip. We are starting to discuss our future life plans as well, since my daughter is about to enter high school next year. We have 4-5 years that we need to commit to living in this area. But once she graduates, we need to start thinking about what we want to do after that. Lots of options to consider and, thankfully, lots of time to think about it.

  • I'd like to! That "take more photos" goal means that I want to share more projects on the blog.

  • Rhonda A. January 01, 2017

    Oh, that will be amazing! I'm so looking forward to all your sewing posts this year, Brandy!!!:D

  • Becky January 01, 2017

    I figure from your comment that you already know that it can be much more rainy and wet in San Francisco then in LA. My sister and I are taking the girls there in January as well (sooner than you are going), since she has a conference there. I will be taking the girls around while she attends the conference and then we will do things when she's off. We were just discussing the need for coats and rainwear with Michaela (my niece) today. I don't quite have that figured out yet for myself and Ja'Ana because we are packing light--only carry-on. That doesn't leave much room for coats. Good luck with packing. Because we live on the west coast, we have traveled up and down it over the years. There's lots to see.

  • Rhonda A. January 02, 2017

    We'll pack some umbrellas, just in case of rain. We're already planning to take a mix of clothing for both warm and slightly cooler weather, including both short and long pants as well as jackets and cardigans that we can wear over t-shirts if it's cool in the morning, then take off if it warms up in the afternoon. We learned that lesson when we went to Florida one year in early February. We took all summer clothing with only a small amount of warm clothing to wear in the evening. Of course they were having a cold snap when we got thankful I had forgot to take my mittens out of my jacket pocket! We did end up buying some warm clothes down there to help us get through, too. Lesson prepared for cold if you travel to warm places in the winter!

    The reason we are going to San Fransisco is that my husband wants desperately to visit Alcatraz. So we've incorporated this into our California trip. I think it works out well, as we are going to see a lot of beautiful oceanfront scenery because of it!

  • Jlynn January 01, 2017

    January goals:
    All meals are cooked from scratch
    No eating out
    $25 weekly shop - to supplement what I have on hand
    Set up and complete a weekly clean schedule
    Work on health goals.

    A nice list for a household of one.

  • Lisa January 01, 2017

    Happy New Year, Brandy and The Prudent Homemaker readers!

    I love goal setting and recently posted my 12 Goals for 2017. I will be posting weekly progress reports.

    I really like that you are breaking your goals down to a monthly basis.

    Sadly, it will too cold for me to do gardening work for a couple of months. January and February are our coldest months, but by the end of February I should be able to start some lettuce and onions. Meanwhile, I hope to get some sewing done.

    Please stop by and check out my goals.

  • Rhonda A. January 01, 2017

    Lisa, I jumped over to read your goals for 2017 and they sound like they may be an interesting challenge. I like a good challenge. It feels good when you accomplish them. ;)

    I have a few suggestions for keeping your daughter's wedding costs down. Although my wedding was 17 years ago, these ideas should still apply. First, I had someone sew my wedding gown that was really good at sewing. I found a pattern that she modified to my requests and bought all the fabric that she needed (I lived in Toronto at the time and someone told me about some specialty fabric stores that had some great options. I'm sure amazon would be a great place to look now). My dress cost only a few hundred dollars, instead of paying thousands for a dress I only wore once. It was beautiful and really unique too...more of a historic costume than a typical wedding dress, including a blue velvet cape. Second, I made my own wedding invitations and printed them on a home printer, rather than buying over priced invitations. They just get tossed eventually anyways and the point is to have people come to the wedding, not impress them with an invite. There are so many more options and better computer graphics now for making your own than I had back then. It might even be cheaper and better quality to have them printed at somewhere like Staples. Definitely worth looking into. Finally, I made all the table centerpiece decorations myself. So many ideas on Pinterest now that I can't imagine this will be hard to find inspiration for. Good luck and best wished to your daughter on her upcoming wedding!

  • Amie January 02, 2017

    I bought fabric on ebay. I ended up not getting married, but I got 10 yards of a velvet fabric for a renaissance/medieval style gown. Bought pattern on 99c sale. All trim was bought on ebay. Cost less than buying 3 yards of this fabric at store. Have like 3 extra yards left. Also got candy/soap molds to make favors. Granted I'm craftsy. I have multiple crafty friends. I sew and I know a few others that sew. I haven't made any of it, but I still plan to. Even if I don't get married...I will use the outfit for Ren faires and Halloween. I can make a simple gown that can be worn even for church or a nice dinner out. I was going to make the bell sleeves removable.(w elastic, not traditional, but for multiple uses.) I was going to do some other things, but honestly forget.

  • Juls Owings January 01, 2017

    I first goal for this year is to put my health (Crohn's) first. Not so much of a change in lifestyle but in putting what I NEED first to keep the flare ups down. Instead of "I have to do this for home etc, it's I have to do this for me to keep me calm"

    Rest is here

    Blessed Be everyone. Be safe, happy and well

  • Cindy in the South January 01, 2017

    I am doing the no spend January, along with the Frugalwoods blog, which means no unnecessary spending. I do that anyway, but there is always room for improvement. I am also doing The Compact for the year, which is to buy no new things, with a few exceptions. I buy new underwear and socks, but I usually buy the socks at the thrift store because they are $2.00 cheaper than other stores. I also buy new pans, usually, if I need a pan, because of the number of meth cookers in the area, I know about, because of my job. Many of us in my line of work are cautious about used pans because of the huge drug use in our area. I will buy upholstered furniture used, but only if I know the people, because of the bedbug epidemic. I do not plan on needing any furniture. My immediate goal is to resave for my emergency 1,000 dollar fund, which keeps on getting spent because of health emergencies with my kids or my car. I hope to save $6,000 this year. That did not happen last year. That was my goal, and I spent that much in healthcare or vehicle emergencies. Hopefully, 2016 will be better. The good thing is that the emergencies hit every month, so I was able to cash flow them. I have a child with a chronic illness, and I have bad My goal this month, food wise, is to eat out of my pantry, and not spend more than $40 on things I am low in my food stockpile on, such as meat and dairy.

  • Roxie January 01, 2017

    I have a BIG goal for this month. Clean out my spare bedroom. It is full of things I need to donate. I will go through box by box and make a donation.

  • Christine January 01, 2017

    I start school next week and i work full time, so my January goals will include. . .
    ~staying above water
    ~passing my classes, im so close to my AA
    ~since im going to night school, learning several good crockpot meals
    ~purge. ...purge. . .purge
    ~i want to make my first vision board
    ~MOST IMPORTANT, pray that our sons adoption finally happens this month.
    ~stay up with my daily devotions
    ~lose 5 ilbs

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