Here at Better Homes and Gardens, we're used to hearing from our readers. You tell us what's growing in your gardens, dish about your favorite recipes, and proudly share snapshots of your ingenious living room makeovers. This past summer, however, we decided to take the conversation a step further -- and conduct a national survey examining your hopes and dreams for the year ahead. We ended up hearing from more than 1,000 readers who were loud and clear in expressing their desires: to stress less, get organized, eat better, carve out quality time with family, and on and on. More than anything else, they said, these were the positive changes that would make 2011 their best year ever.
Now comes the good part: Making those dreams a reality. Every month, we'll be adding articles and tools to this space that are aimed at doing exactly that. So be sure to bookmark this page and visit us again. It's going to be an amazing year.
THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY
-- Simplify and conquer clutter
Fully 74.1 percent of readers said this would have a significant impact on making 2011 their best year ever. But where to begin? Our quiz pinpoints your organization personality to deliver a targeted plan of attack.
-- Send stress packing
This was a major area of concern for 68.8 percent of readers surveyed. So we talked to top experts and discovered that it's possible to achieve real calm and better health -- no matter how hectic life may get.
GAME PLAN FOR FEBRUARY:
-- Get personal finances in order
As the old saying goes, the art is not in making money, but in keeping it. To that end, check out our simple step-by-step guide to creating a household budget. For 60.3 percent of BHG readers surveyed, this would help make 2011 their best ever.
GAME PLAN FOR MARCH:
-- Embrace healthful eating
Hungry for a better diet? You're not alone: 62.8 percent of readers said that eating healthfully would greatly improve their quality of life in 2011. Get started by digging in to our easy, nutritious, and delicious recipes.
More tools for smart eating: