I can count the number of resolutions I’ve kept on one hand. If I’m being honest, it’s probably more like one finger.
Last year, I was tired of replacing my nonstick skillets what seemed like every few months. The problem was how they were stored. To prevent scratching, I made a resolution: Every time I washed one of the skillets and put it back in the stack, I would place a paper plate on top of it and underneath it. (A tip I picked up here.)
Sounds simple, right? Knowing my history with resolutions, I wasn’t optimistic.
But the first time I did it was on January 1st of last year. I’ve kept it up—and the skillets are in tiptop shape.
It was the simplest resolution I’ve ever made. And it’s the only one I’ve ever kept.
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So this year, think small. Here are 20 tiny resolutions that you can start today and keep up all year long (and beyond).
3. Take 5 minutes on a regular basis to organize your spice rack.
5. Really think about what you’re tossing in the bin, and put it to good use instead.
6. Whenever you prepare butternut squash, overpeel it. (It gives you better flavor!)
7. Every week, choose a new recipe to try from one of the cookbooks you already own.
8. There’s a difference between those salts in your cupboard. Get to know them.
9. Say goodbye to spotty lemons and make the most of your citrus zest.
10. Learn a new way to keep bread warm at the dinner table.
12. Learn a new steak-cooking technique: sear perfect steak without a grill.
13. Get in the habit of cleaning your coffee pot. You know you need to.
14. Also get in the habit of cleaning your water bottle. It’s time.
16. Break down a side of salmon (and save money while you’re at it).
17. Learn how to peel 15 garlic cloves in 15 seconds. It’s possible.
18. Finally start composting. (OK, maybe this isn’t a tiny resolution. But if you were already thinking about it, take this as a sign!)
19. Stop scoring bread with a dull knife. Get a lame.
20. Get better at saving leftovers and save money in the process.