We all want to start the year with a clean slate, so it’s time to stop putting it off and finally cross off those so-old-that-they’re-fading items on your to-do list.
Writing a journal is a therapeutic way to unwind after a long day
Stick by this guide to declutter your life, set goals and introduce a routine to last the whole of 2016.
We promise that you’ll feel better for it!
DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE
Clear your wardrobe
Spend a few hours going through your wardrobe. If you haven’t touched a dress in years then it’s time to part with it – imagine how easy it’s going to be when you get dressed in the morning now. Another great idea is to hold a swapping party with your friends, you could score some bargains without paying a penny!
Check what’s hiding in kitchen and medicine cupboards
It’s incredible how much you can accumulate in one year. From tinned food, cereals to painkillers, check expiry dates and bin anything that’s out of date.
Stick to a wishlist
Limit the amount of clutter in your home by focusing on the essentials. If you’ve been dreaming about a slow cooker for a few months, you have our permission to go for it, but if a new purchase isn’t on your wishlist then don’t give into temptation.
Organise your paperwork and emails
File away the old and build a simple sorting system to help you locate bills quickly and easily. Keep your documents in order by dropping them into colour-coded digital or stationery folders and mark them ‘to do’, ‘to read’, ‘to file’.
Don’t forget the digital clean-up
Is your inbox almost impossible to navigate? Now is the time to unsubscribe from any unwanted newsletters so they don’t continue to bombard you. We’re guilty of only clicking the ‘Trash’ icon, too.
Write the family a letter
A summary of last year’s highlights is a fantastic way to let the extended family know how you’re getting on. Even if you don’t send it out it’s a nice way to reflect on the year and get in the mood to plan new adventures.
Work out the household budget
The new year is the perfect time to reassess and decide on any major home improvements or decorating projects you want to do and explore the idea of a family holiday.
Decide on a savings target
Take a good look at your incomings and outgoings to find out where you could be saving more this year. Force yourself to save by setting up regular automatic transfers from your everyday account to your savings account.
Figure out your personal goals
What do you personally want to accomplish this year? Whether you want to explore a photography hobby or be able to run 5k by the end the of the year, break down bigger goals into smaller ones and set yourself realistic deadlines to make sure you’re on track.
BUILD A ROUTINE
Organise for 15 minutes each day
Set a dedicated time slot for everything from sorting mail to clearing the fridge. Doing a little each day can make you feel like you have a whole lot more free time!
Develop a meal plan
If you want to lose weight or be healthier, draw up a weekly meal and exercise plan to help you reach your goals without having to think about it.
Learn to take time out
Even if it’s just an afternoon to read your favourite magazine, it’s important to set aside some relaxation time to clear your mind. Need a helping hand? Try these meditation apps.
Practice keeping a diary
Writing a journal is a therapeutic way to unwind after a long day. Focus on the positive and how you solved any hitches and how that can help you achieve your bigger goals.
Create a family board
Whether it’s an online calendar you can all access and update or it’s a corkboard in your living, this is an easy way to glance at the whole family’s commitments and keep up to date with everyone’s schedule. You can tell we double-booked the kids a few too many times last year!
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