The start of a new year carries with it so many possibilities!Â I love the notion of a fresh start, or just creating a little more space in the New Year for things that are important to me and to my family.
In 2012, I want to create more space for connection to the people in my life–especially my children.Â I thought about the activities that we’ve enjoyed together this past year- painting, simple crafts, baking, playing games- and then I wondered “what would make it easier to connect in these ways?”
It always comes back to space.
This feels like a good time to recommit to holding the space in my weekly schedule for these activities with my children.Â Leaving some blocks of unscheduled time each day will give us the opportunity to bake cookies or paint with watercolors or play with trains.Â This also feels like the perfect time to look at the physical space in my little house.Â As I find a place for each new Christmas gift, I’m also choosing some toys and other items to move out of our living spaces altogether (some to donate, some to store in the basement).
Space is opening up for the activities that we enjoy the most as a family.Â The art supplies and paper we need are easily accessible, favorite wintertime stories are at the children’s fingertips, and a few favorite toys and games are stored on low shelves so the girls can share in taking out and cleaning up.
As I look at the rearranged shelves, baskets and drawers I feel lighter.Â I continue to remove the things we aren’t using, to create space for what we do want to do together.Â Each time I walk past one of the transformed spaces, I am reminded of my goal to create more connection, and that little reminder keeps me grounded when I’m making decisions about how we’ll spend our days, where we’ll go, and what we’ll do.
How about you?Â What do you want to create space for in the New Year?