The new year is probably the one time most people look back and take stock of what happened in the last 12 months and what they want to be different in the next 12. It’s like once we cross over to that January 1st threshold it’s almost as if the previous year didn’t even happen. It’s probably also the best time to set yourself up right so that you can live the upcoming year the best way you know how. Here are a few easy ways to do that:
Do a Winter Clean
Being a nurse, I have to work either the Christmas holiday or the New Years holiday. I don’t have kids so I typically work Christmas so that people who do have kids can take that time off to spend with them. That means I’m off work for New Years, which means my day on Dec 31st is usually clear. I typically take that time to do a thorough clean of my house. I change the bedsheets, make sure my kitchen is clean with clear counters and the bathroom is spic and span. Nothing makes a room look cleaner than having next to nothing on its flat surfaces. I don’t go too crazy with the whole cleaning things. Just enough to make my house feel light going into the new year. When you’re done, you can light some candles or make your own DIY Home scent magnifier. (Like to clean my space orange and clove stove top scent)
You know all those things you’re supposed to do every x months, but you don’t really keep track of? January 1st is the best time to start. At the beginning of the month, I rotated my mattress, changed my electric toothbrush head, changed my Brita filter and switched out my razor blade. These things should be changed as followed:
- Rotate mattress – every 3 months
- Change toothbrush – every 3 months (or after you get sick)
- Change water filter – every 3 to 6 months
- Switch out your razor blades – every 5 to 10 shaves (I sooooo don’t do this :/)
Update Your Budget
I’m one of those people who does a monthly budget and I totally follow Gail Vaz Oxlade’s magic jars system. We all know that we tend to spend a little more over the holidays and it’s a good idea to plan your finances for January so that pure not too shocked when the credit card bills come rolling in. Go over your receipts for your holiday spending. If you can’t pay off everything you spent I. December by the end of January, make it a priority to plan out your credit card payments so that your Christmas debt doesn’t end up carrying over to the spring.
Make Monthly Goals
New year, new me, right? What are the top 3 things you’re going to do to live your life better? Drink more water? Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night? Stop biting your nails? Write down your goals! If you’re not a planner person, make a list in the notes section of your phone and track your progress there. Then, set an alert in your phone’s calendar for the same date next month so that you can see what you’ve been able to accomplish over that time.
Those are just a few suggestions to help jump start your new year. I’d love to hear about any other things you like to do right at the beginning of January. Let me know!