I ended up not making any New School Year Resolutions after all, but while setting my apartment to rights tonight I thought of a good one for 2012. It's one that I'm always half-heartedly trying to make, but this year I will officially resolve to do so and keep myself accountable. It's not an easy one...
1. Make sure the kitchen is clean before going to bed.
While I am generally ok at keeping my kitchen tidy, it's the main thing that falls to pieces when I'm busy. And once it gets messy, I am loathe to clean it because it seems so daunting. The worst situation is when the following happens: a) clean dishes are in the dishwasher waiting to be unloaded, b) dirty dishes are in the sink and also on the counter because the dishwasher is full of clean dishes, c) I can't unload the clean dishes because the counter is full, d) dirty dishes accumulate. I also like to wash my pots and pans by hand because my dishwasher doesn't get them clean enough so I usually have a stack of clean pots/pans in the right-hand sink and for some reason those can just sit there for days until I finally put them away. It's really silly.
So from now on, I get everything washed and counters wiped down before I go to sleep. Dirty dishes can hang out in the dishwasher until it's full. And then in the morning, I will put away the dried pots and pans from the right-hand sink. I actually used to be quite good about all of this when I first moved in, but I think that was partly because I was a lot less busy. But a nice clean kitchen makes me feel SO much better so I think it needs to be something I devote effort to maintaining. And hopefully after a while it will be so engrained that it's something I absolutely have to do.