One of the main ones, though, may be that the cheery yuletide decor is no longer around to lift our spirits, and the home looks so bare with the decorations and lights all packed away for another year.
Well I realised that, yes, the fairy lights may have gone but I have a solution! My lounge is still warm and welcoming every time I turn on my Tiffany Style lights! My favourite is the teapot.
My daughter Lauren also had a bit of a revamp this week too, but it wasn't quite how she'd planned it. I've mentioned before how messy she is. Well her housemates think the same, apparently! This is what her bedroom was like when she left for a shopping trip last week.
Her housemates had cleared out absolutely everything, and put it in bin bags in the downstairs shower room – out of sight, out of mind and out of Lauren's bedroom! Hah, well done lads. They chose to boldly go where no Mummy has gone before.
Needless to say she was forced to tidy it all up, finally! Maybe miracles will happen and she'll keep it that way.
My own resolutions, including de-cluttering the lounge, are continuing as planned -and having had my Mum over to stay for a few days and having taken her home again yesterday, it feels like I've finally got my house back as I want it in order to be able to continue writing my novel. That's the plan anyway…
However, this year I'm also resolving to definitely continue with the rewarding and sometimes challenging concept, which my friend Kipling Kerena introduced me to last year.
Every month you do at least one thing you've never, ever done before. It can be something simple like watching a foreign film at the cinema, or like trying a new way of cooking. Or more dramatic, like flying over the Grand Canyon or learning a new language. This month I'm planning to visit the 'salt cave' in Wandsworth – ever been there?
Do you fancy joining me each month on my blog and trying something completely new? Then feeding back to me on here how you've got on? We should think of a name for this concept! The 'something' club… Hmmmmm
See you next week for news of what happened in the salt cave!